Williams Database

Williams

Nine-time Formula 1 constructors’ champions Williams is one of the most popular and successful British teams in the history of the sport. Its roots date back to the formation of Frank Williams Racing Cars in 1966 – the team graduating to Grand Prix racing three years later with Piers Courage and an ex-works Brabham BT26-Ford. second in the 1969 Monaco and United States GPs, Courage’s death during the 1970 Dutch GP proved a tragic setback.

The first Williams (known as the Politoys due to sponsorship considerations) was introduced in 1972 but the ensuing years were something of a struggle. However, Jacques Laffite did score a morale-boosting second-place finish in the 1975 German GP at the Nürburgring. The team attracted investment from Austro-Canadian industrialist Walter Wolf although that partnership soon dissolved.

Williams Grand Prix Engineering was founded in 1977 and new partner Patrick Head designed the Williams FW06 a year later. The subsequent ground-effect FW07 delivered the team’s maiden GP win (Clay Regazzoni at the 1979 British GP) and World Championship victory (Alan Jones in 1980). Constructors’ champions in 1980 and 1981, Keke Rosberg emerged from the turbulent 1982 season with the drivers’ title, despite only winning once.

Williams had new engine partners in 1983 – developing and then benefiting from the considerable power of the turbocharged Honda V6. They were the class of the field in 1986 although the season was run under a shadow – Frank Williams having been seriously injured in a road accident on the eve of the season. They won the constructors’ title that year but contrived to let the drivers’ title slip through their fingers. There was no mistake a year later despite continued tension between drivers Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet – the Brazilian crowned World Champion for a third time.

Despite that, Honda switched its support to Lotus and McLaren in 1988 and Williams rebuilt, first with customer Judd engines and then as Renault’s works partner. With Adrian Newey joining Head in the design office, Williams-Renault were once more the team to beat at the start of the 1990s. Mansell (in 1992) and Alain Prost (1993) won successive titles before Ayrton Senna joined for the 1994 season. Tragedy gripped the team once more with the great Brazilian killed at Imola.

Second generation drivers Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve added the 1996 and 1997 World Championship titles but the withdrawal of Renault hit the team hard. However, a new partnership with BMW began in 2000. That should have delivered further championship success but it ultimately ended after 2005 when BMW decided to buy its own team rather than remain with Williams.

That led to a period with Williams mired in the midfield (or worse) although Pastor Maldonado did score a surprise victory in the 2012 Spanish GP.

The Williams legend moved towards a second generation in 2013 when Claire Williams was appointed Deputy Team Principal, underneath her father, and assumed day-to-day running of the team.

Talk of resurgence was in the air, thanks to a switch to Mercedes-Benz engines and reorganisation guided by new Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds which saw the team bounce back to finish third in the 2014 and 2015 constructors’ standings.

Symonds left when his contract expired at the end of 2016 with Williams fifth overall that year and the next. He was replaced by Mercedes-Benz’s Paddy Lowe but the Williams FW41 and FW42 both disappointed. Williams was the least successful team in both 2018 and 2019 with just a single point scored in that latter campaign.

The team’s record continued in 2020 when it failed to score a single point, although the table didn’t reflect the marked improvement in pace, nor the stand-out drives from George Russell who marked himself out as a future star.

However, the on-track performance was overshadowed by news that the team was being sold to Dorilton Capital, a private investment firm, ending 43 years of control by Sir Frank Williams.

Claire Williams stood down shortly afterwards and Simon Roberts, formerly of McLaren, was appointed acing team principal. Jenson Button rejoined the team in early 2021 as a senior advisor, as the team prepared for the 2022 rule changes that it hopes will see a stark change in fortune.

Seasons

Season Driver Number of Races Entrant Cons Pos Results

2020 F1 World Championship

Roy Nissany

0

Williams Racing

10

Jack Aitken

1

Williams Racing

10

George Russell

17

Williams Racing

10

Nicholas Latifi

17

Williams Racing

10

2019 F1 World Championship

Nicholas Latifi

0

RoKit Williams Racing

10

Robert Kubica

21

RoKit Williams Racing

10

George Russell

21

RoKit Williams Racing

10

2018 F1 World Championship

Lance Stroll

21

Williams Martini Racing

10

Sergey Sirotkin

21

Williams Martini Racing

10

Robert Kubica

0

Williams Martini Racing

10

2017 F1 World Championship

Lance Stroll

20

Williams Martini Racing

5

Paul di Resta

1

Williams Martini Racing

5

Felipe Massa

20

Williams Martini Racing

5

2016 F1 World Championship

Valtteri Bottas

21

Williams Martini Racing

5

Felipe Massa

21

Williams Martini Racing

5

2015 F1 World Championship

Valtteri Bottas

18

Williams Martini Racing

3

Susie Wolff

0

Williams Martini Racing

3

Felipe Massa

19

Williams Martini Racing

3

2014 F1 World Championship

Susie Wolff

0

Williams Martini Racing

3

Felipe Massa

19

Williams Martini Racing

3

Felipe Nasr

0

Williams Martini Racing

3

Valtteri Bottas

19

Williams Martini Racing

3

2013 F1 World Championship

Valtteri Bottas

19

Williams F1 Team

9

Pastor Maldonado

19

Williams F1 Team

9

2012 F1 World Championship

Valtteri Bottas

0

Williams F1 Team

8

Pastor Maldonado

20

Williams F1 Team

8

Bruno Senna

20

Williams F1 Team

8

2011 F1 World Championship

Rubens Barrichello

19

AT&T Williams

9

Pastor Maldonado

19

AT&T Williams

9

2010 F1 World Championship

Rubens Barrichello

19

AT&T Williams

6

Nico Hulkenberg

19

AT&T Williams

6

2009 F1 World Championship

Kazuki Nakajima

17

AT&T Williams

7

Nico Rosberg

17

AT&T Williams

7

2008 F1 World Championship

Nico Rosberg

18

AT&T Williams

8

Kazuki Nakajima

18

AT&T Williams

8

2007 F1 World Championship

Alexander Wurz

16

AT&T Williams

4

Kazuki Nakajima

1

AT&T Williams

4

Nico Rosberg

17

AT&T Williams

4

2006 F1 World Championship

Alexander Wurz

0

Williams F1 Team

8

Nico Rosberg

18

Williams F1 Team

8

Mark Webber

18

Williams F1 Team

8

2005 F1 World Championship

Antonio Pizzonia

5

BMW Williams F1

5

Nick Heidfeld

14

BMW Williams F1

5

Mark Webber

18

BMW Williams F1

5

2004 F1 World Championship

Marc Gene

2

BMW Williams F1

4

Antonio Pizzonia

4

BMW Williams F1

4

Juan Pablo Montoya

18

BMW Williams F1

4

Ralf Schumacher

12

BMW Williams F1

4

2003 F1 World Championship

Juan Pablo Montoya

16

BMW Williams F1

2

Marc Gene

1

BMW Williams F1

2

Ralf Schumacher

16

BMW Williams F1

2

2002 F1 World Championship

Ralf Schumacher

17

BMW Williams F1

2

Juan Pablo Montoya

17

BMW Williams F1

2

2001 F1 World Championship

Juan Pablo Montoya

17

BMW Williams F1

3

Ralf Schumacher

17

BMW Williams F1

3

2000 F1 World Championship

Jenson Button

17

BMW Williams F1

3

Ralf Schumacher

17

BMW Williams F1

3

1999 F1 World Championship

Alessandro Zanardi

16

Winfield Williams

5

Ralf Schumacher

16

Winfield Williams

5

1998 F1 World Championship

Heinz-Harald Frentzen

16

Winfield Williams

3

Jacques Villeneuve

16

Winfield Williams

3

1997 F1 World Championship

Heinz-Harald Frentzen

17

Rothmans Williams Renault

1

Jacques Villeneuve

17

Rothmans Williams Renault

1

1996 F1 World Championship

Damon Hill

16

Rothmans Williams Renault

1

Jacques Villeneuve

16

Rothmans Williams Renault

1

1995 F1 World Championship

Damon Hill

17

Rothmans Williams Renault

2

David Coulthard

17

Rothmans Williams Renault

2

1994 F1 World Championship

David Coulthard

8

Rothmans Williams Renault

1

Nigel Mansell

4

Rothmans Williams Renault

1

Ayrton Senna

3

Rothmans Williams Renault

1

Damon Hill

16

Rothmans Williams Renault

1

1993 F1 World Championship

Alain Prost

16

Canon Williams Renault

1

Damon Hill

16

Canon Williams Renault

1

1992 F1 World Championship

Riccardo Patrese

16

Canon Williams Team

1

Nigel Mansell

16

Canon Williams Team

1

1991 F1 World Championship

Nigel Mansell

16

Canon Williams Team

2

Riccardo Patrese

16

Canon Williams Team

2

1990 F1 World Championship

Thierry Boutsen

16

Canon Williams Team

4

Riccardo Patrese

16

Canon Williams Team

4

1989 F1 World Championship

Thierry Boutsen

16

Canon Williams Team

2

Riccardo Patrese

16

Canon Williams Team

2

1988 F1 World Championship

Nigel Mansell

14

Canon Williams Team

7

Riccardo Patrese

16

Canon Williams Team

7

Jean-Louis Schlesser

1

Canon Williams Team

7

Martin Brundle

1

Canon Williams Team

7

1987 F1 World Championship

Nelson Piquet

15

Canon Williams Honda Team

1

Riccardo Patrese

16

Canon Williams Honda Team

1

Nigel Mansell

14

Canon Williams Honda Team

1

1986 F1 World Championship

Nigel Mansell

16

Canon Williams Honda Team

1

Nelson Piquet

16

Canon Williams Honda Team

1

1985 F1 World Championship

Nigel Mansell

15

Canon Williams Honda Team

3

Keke Rosberg

16

Canon Williams Honda Team

3

1984 F1 World Championship

Keke Rosberg

16

Williams Grand Prix Engineering

6

Jacques Laffite

16

Williams Grand Prix Engineering

6

1983 F1 World Championship

Keke Rosberg

15

TAG Williams Team

11

Jacques Laffite

15

TAG Williams Team

4

Jonathan Palmer

1

TAG Williams Team

4

Keke Rosberg

15

TAG Williams Team

4

Jacques Laffite

15

TAG Williams Team

11

Jonathan Palmer

1

TAG Williams Team

11

1982 F1 World Championship

Carlos Reutemann

2

TAG Williams Team

4

Keke Rosberg

15

TAG Williams Team

4

Mario Andretti

3

TAG Williams Team

4

Derek Daly

15

TAG Williams Team

4

1981 F1 World Championship

Carlos Reutemann

15

Albilad-Williams Racing Team

1

Alan Jones

15

Albilad-Williams Racing Team

1

1980 F1 World Championship

Carlos Reutemann

14

Albilad-Williams Racing Team

1

Alan Jones

14

Albilad-Williams Racing Team

1

1979 F1 World Championship

Alan Jones

15

Albilad-Saudia Racing Team

2

Clay Regazzoni

15

Albilad-Saudia Racing Team

2

1978 F1 World Championship

Alan Jones

16

Williams Grand Prix Engineering

9

1977 F1 World Championship

Patrick Neve

11

Williams Grand Prix Engineering

U

1976 F1 World Championship

Michel Leclere

7

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Renzo Zorzi

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Emilio Zapico

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Jacky Ickx

12

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

1975 F1 World Championship

Damien Magee

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

9

Joseph Vonlanthen

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

9

Jacques Laffite

11

Frank Williams Racing Cars

9

Ian Ashley

0

Frank Williams Racing Cars

9

Arturo Merzario

7

Frank Williams Racing Cars

9

Lella Lombardi

11

Frank Williams Racing Cars

9

Francois Migault

2

Frank Williams Racing Cars

9

Tony Brise

10

Frank Williams Racing Cars

9

Ian Scheckter

3

Frank Williams Racing Cars

9

Renzo Zorzi

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

9

1974 F1 World Championship

Arturo Merzario

14

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Gijs van Lennep

2

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Jean-Pierre Jabouille

2

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Tom Belso

4

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Richard Robarts

3

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Jacques Laffite

5

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

1973 F1 World Championship

Graham McRae

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Gijs van Lennep

3

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Tom Belso

0

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Nanni Galli

5

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Jacky Ickx

12

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Jackie Pretorius

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Howden Ganley

14

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Henri Pescarolo

3

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

Tim Schenken

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

10

1972 F1 World Championship

Henri Pescarolo

10

Team Williams Motul

U

Carlos Pace

11

Team Williams Motul

U

1971 F1 World Championship

Jean Max

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Henri Pescarolo

10

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

1970 F1 World Championship

Piers Courage

4

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Brian Redman

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Tim Schenken

4

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

1969 F1 World Championship

Richard Attwood

2

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Piers Courage

10

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Season Driver Number of Races Entrant Cons Pos Results

1979 Aurora AFX British F1 Championship

Giorgio Pianta

1

Williams Grand Prix Engineering

U

Season Driver Number of Races Entrant Cons Pos Results

1972 European F2 Trophy

Giancarlo Gagliardi

4

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

1971 European F2 Trophy

Carlos Pace

7

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Christian Ethuin

0

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Henri Pescarolo

6

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Jean Max

0

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Derek Bell

6

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

1969 European F2 Trophy

Malcolm Guthrie

4

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Alistair Walker

3

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Graham McRae

2

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Derek Bell

4

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Piers Courage

5

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Franco Bernabei

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

1968 European F2 Trophy

Max Mosley

6

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Piers Courage

6

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Derek Bell

9

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Picko Troberg

0

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Samuel Brown

0

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Season Driver Number of Races Entrant Cons Pos Results

1969 Rothmans Tasman Championship

Malcolm Guthrie

6

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Piers Courage

7

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Season Driver Number of Races Entrant Cons Pos Results

1968 Temporada F2 Championship

Carlos Pairetti

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Piers Courage

4

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Cacho Fangio

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Juan Manuel Bordeu

4

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Season Driver Number of Races Entrant Cons Pos Results

1971 Torneio F2

Carlos Pace

4

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Claudio Francisci

0

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Nestor Veiga

1

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Henri Pescarolo

2

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Arturo Merzario

2

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Jose Dolhem

0

Frank Williams Racing Cars

U

Non-Championship Races

Race Date Entrant Driver

1983 Race of Champions

10/04/1983

TAG Williams Team

Keke Rosberg

1981 South African Grand Prix

07/02/1981

Albilad-Williams Racing Team

Carlos Reutemann

1981 South African Grand Prix

07/02/1981

Albilad-Williams Racing Team

Alan Jones

1980 Spanish Grand Prix

01/06/1980

Albilad-Williams Racing Team

Alan Jones

1980 Spanish Grand Prix

01/06/1980

Albilad-Williams Racing Team

Carlos Reutemann

1980 Australian Grand Prix

16/11/1980

Albilad-Williams Racing Team

Alan Jones

1976 Race of Champions

14/03/1976

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Jacky Ickx

1976 International Trophy

11/04/1976

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Jacky Ickx

1976 International Trophy

11/04/1976

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Mario Andretti

1975 Swiss Grand Prix

24/08/1975

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Jacques Laffite

1975 Swiss Grand Prix

24/08/1975

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Joseph Vonlanthen

1975 Race of Champions

16/03/1975

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Arturo Merzario

1975 Race of Champions

16/03/1975

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Maurizio Flammini

1975 International Trophy

13/04/1975

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Arturo Merzario

1974 Presidente Medici Grand Prix

03/02/1974

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Arturo Merzario

1973 Race of Champions

18/03/1973

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Tony Trimmer

1973 Race of Champions

18/03/1973

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Howden Ganley

1973 International Trophy

08/04/1973

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Howden Ganley

1972 Rothmans £50,000

28/08/1972

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Henri Pescarolo

1972 John Player Challenge

22/10/1972

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Henri Pescarolo

1972 John Player Challenge

22/10/1972

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Chris Amon

1972 Italian Republic Grand Prix

18/06/1972

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Henri Pescarolo

1972 International Trophy

23/04/1972

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Henri Pescarolo

1972 Brazilian Grand Prix

30/03/1972

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Henri Pescarolo

1972 Brazilian Grand Prix

30/03/1972

Team Williams Motul

Carlos Pace

1971 World Championship Victory Race

24/10/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Henri Pescarolo

1971 Race of Champions

21/03/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Ronnie Peterson

1971 Race of Champions

21/03/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Ray Allen

1971 Questor Grand Prix

28/03/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Derek Bell

1971 Questor Grand Prix

28/03/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Henri Pescarolo

1971 Oulton Park Gold Cup

21/08/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Tony Trimmer

1971 Oulton Park Gold Cup

21/08/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Henri Pescarolo

1971 Oulton Park F1

09/04/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Cyd Williams

1971 Mallory Park F2

14/03/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Henri Pescarolo

1971 Jochen Rindt Trophy

13/06/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Ray Allen

1971 International Trophy

08/05/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Henri Pescarolo

1971 Imola F2

25/07/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Carlos Pace

1971 Argentine Grand Prix

24/01/1971

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Henri Pescarolo

1970 International Trophy

26/04/1970

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Roy Pike

1970 International Trophy

26/04/1970

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Piers Courage

1969 Race of Champions

16/03/1969

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Piers Courage

1969 International Trophy

30/03/1969

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Piers Courage

1968 Monza Lottery Grand Prix

23/06/1968

Frank Williams Racing Cars

Jonathan Williams

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