Williams

 

Williams

Base: Grove, UK
Team Principal: Frank Williams
Technical Chief: Sam Michael
Drivers: R Barrichello
P Maldonado
Chassis: FW33
Engine: Cosworth CA2011
Tyres: Pirelli
First Season: 1975
World Championships: 9
Highest race finish: 1st (x113)
Pole Positions: 126
Fastest Laps: 130

2011 Results

GP Pts. Total
Australia 0 0
Malaysia 0 0
China 0 0
Turkey 0 0
Spain 0 0
Monaco 2 2
Canada 2 4
Europe 0 4
Great Britain * *

Team History

2011
A Terrible start to season, with poor reliability and points proving highly elusive. Neither Barrichello nor Maldonanado appear capable of wrestling better results from the car. Technical director Sam Michael announces in May that he will leave at end of year.
2010
Mixed early fortunes, both drivers occasionally making Q3 and lower end of points. Results much improved by mid season, with Barrichello fourth in Valencia. Hulkenberg takes surprise Brazil pole and team finish sixth overall. Hulkenberg dropped for Pastor Maldonado for 2011.
2009
Fail to capitalise on being one of just three teams with innovative double diffuser at season’s start. FW31 proves consistent and reliable, but never quite has podium pace. Announce switch from Toyota to Cosworth power for 2010.
2008
Season starts well with a podium for Nico Rosberg in Australia, but then fail to match development pace of rivals. Second place in Singapore the year’s next highlight, but drop from fourth to eighth in the final standings, with 26 points.
2007
The FW29 proves much more reliable than its predecessor, and the team record just seven retirements instead of 20. Alexander Wurz retires ahead of season finale and is replaced by Kazuki Nakajima, who retains the seat for 2008.
2006
Disappointing season sees team finish eighth in standings. Cosworth-powered package shows early promise, including fastest lap at Bahrain season opener, but challenge quickly fades. Twenty DNFs, with best results two sixth places for Mark Webber.
2005
Finish fifth in standings then bid farewell to engine partners BMW and Nick Heidfeld, who, after scoring his maiden pole, misses last five races through illness/injury. Best result Monaco, with both drivers on podium.
2004
Ralf Schumacher misses six races after fracturing spine in Indy accident. Replaced by Marc Gene and then Antonio Pizzonia. Team ditch radical ‘walrus’ front wing after disappointing start to season. End it on high with victory in Brazil. Fourth in standings.
2003
Dramatic improvement in form in the second half of the season with four race wins. Finish second to Ferrari in the standings after losing final-race showdown.
2000
Despite winning races, unable to mount a serious championship challenge to the dominant Ferrari team.
1997
Jacques Villeneuve takes his first and only drivers’ championship and Williams take the constructors’ crown for a ninth time.
1996
Damon Hill wins the drivers’ championship for Williams and the team take their eighth constructors’ title.
1994
Williams suffers the fatality of Ayrton Senna, who is killed at Imola. In a sombre season the team wins the constructors’ championship.
1993
Alain Prost wins his fourth drivers’ championship and announces his retirement from the sport.
1992
Nigel Mansell wins the first five rounds of the season and he and the team go on to take both drivers’ and constructors’ titles. Mansell then leaves the sport to compete in IndyCar.
1986
Team owner Frank Williams is seriously injured in a road-car accident. In typically determined fashion, he continues to lead the team.
1980
Alan Jones wins the drivers’ championship and Williams takes the constructors’ title.
1979
Clay Regazzoni wins the British Grand Prix to give Williams their first Formula One victory.
1978
Williams Grand Prix Engineering founded. Alan Jones is signed to drive for the team.
1975
Williams team’s debut season. Six constructors’ championship points give them ninth position overall.
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