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Williams

Full Team Name: Williams Martini Racing
Base: Grove, UK
Team Chief: Frank Williams
Technical Chief: Pat Symonds
Drivers: Felipe Massa
  Valtteri Bottas
Test Drivers: Susie Wolff
  Felipe Nasr
Chassis: FW36
Power Unit: Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid
Tyres: Pirelli
First Season: 1975
World Championships: 9
Highest Race Finish: 1 (x114)
Pole Positions: 127
Fastest Laps: 131
Williams-Mercedes WILLIAMS
Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW35 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013

2013

Start their campaign with high expectations, but Renault-powered FW35 a huge disappointment and both Maldonado and rookie team mate Bottas spend season racing largely outside of the points, scoring just twice en route to the team finishing ninth overall.

Race winner Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW34 celebrates with his girlfriend Gabriella Tarkany and his Father Pastor Maldonado SR (VEN) and the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 13 May 2012

2012

Switch to Renault power helps boost competitiveness, with Maldonado taking Williams' first win since 2004 in Spain. But inconsistent qualifying (from Senna) and multiple incidents (from Maldonado) hamper progress and team slip backwards as season progresses.

(L to R): Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Williams with Sam Michael (AUS) Williams Technical Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 25 March 2011

2011

Worst season in team's history, with poor reliability and mediocre pace. Score just five points and make it through to Q3 on only three occasions. Technical director Sam Michael leaves, to be replaced by former McLaren man Mike Coughlan.

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Williams FW32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, 3 April 2010

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.

Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 24 May 2009

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.

Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams celebrates his first podium finish.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 16 March 2008

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 highlight, but drop from fourth to eighth in the final standings, with 26 points.

Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW29.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 9 June 2007

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.

Mark Webber (AUS) Williams FW28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, 9 June 2006

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.

Nick Heidfeld (GER) Williams BMW FW27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 22 July 2005

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.

Juan Pablo Montoya (COL) Williams puts his balaclava on.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, 11 September 2004

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.

Pole sitter Ralf Schumacher (GER), BMW Williams FW25, is pressured by team mate and eventual race winner Juan Pablo Montoya (COL) in the opening laps.
Monaco Grand Prix, Rd7, Monte Carlo, Monaco., 1 June 2003

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.

Ralf Schumacher (GER) Williams celebrates with Dr Mario Theissen (GER), Geoff Willis (GBR), Patrick Head (GBR). San Marino Grand Prix, Imola, Italy, 15 April 2001.

2000 - 2002

Despite winning races, unable to mount a serious championship challenge to the dominant Ferrari team.

Jacques Villeneuve (CDN) Williams celebrates victory. Formula One World Championship, Hungarian Grand Prix, Rd 11, Budapest, Hungary, 10 August 1997. World © Sutton

1997

Jacques Villeneuve takes his first and only drivers' championship and Williams take the constructors' crown for a ninth time.

Winner Damon Hill(GBR) Williams FW18 Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo, Interlagos, 31st March 1996. World © Sutton

1996

Damon Hill wins the drivers' championship for Williams and the team take their eighth constructors' title.

David Coulthard (GBR) Williams FW16 replaced Ayrton Senna at Williams after his fatal accident. Spanish GP, Barcelona, 29 May 1994. World © Sutton

1994

Williams suffer their first fatality when Ayrton Senna is killed at Imola. In a sombre season the team wins the constructors' championship.

Race winner Alain Prost (FRA) Williams Renault FW15C. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, 13 June 1993. World ©  Sutton

1993

Alain Prost wins his fourth drivers' championship and announces his retirement from the sport.

Race winner Nigel Mansell (GBR) Williams celebrate on the podium. Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 12 July 1992. World © Sutton

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.

Nigel Mansell (GBR) Williams FW11, DNF Australian Grand Prix, Adelaide, 26 October 1986. World ©  SUTTON

1986

Team owner Frank Williams is seriously injured in a road-car accident. In typically determined fashion, he continues to lead the team.

Desire Wilson (RSA), Williams FW07, failed to qualify. British Grand Prix, Rd8, Brands Hatch, England. 13 July 1980. World © Phipps/Sutton

1980

Alan Jones wins the drivers' championship and Williams takes the constructors' title.

The podium (L to R): Rene Arnoux (FRA) Renault, second; Clay Regazzoni (SUI) Williams, race winner; Jean-Pierre Jarier (FRA) Tyrrell, third. It was the first GP victory for the Williams team. British Grand Prix, Rd 9, Silverstone, England, 14 July 1979. World ©  Phipps/Sutton.

1979

Clay Regazzoni wins the British Grand Prix to give Williams their first Formula One victory.

Patrick Head (GBR) (Left) and Frank Williams (GBR) at the launch of the Williams FW06 at their new Factory. Didcot, Oxfordshire, England, 1978. World © Phipps/Sutton

1978

Williams Grand Prix Engineering founded. Alan Jones is signed to drive for the team.

Tony Brise(GBR) Williams FW01, finished 7th on GP debut Spanish GP, Montjuich Park, Barcelona, 27 April 1975. World © Phipps/Sutton

1975

Williams team's debut season. Six constructors' championship points give them ninth position overall.