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about Williams

Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited, currently racing in Formula One as Williams Martini Racing, is a British Formula One motor racing team and constructor. It was founded and is run by team owner Sir Frank Williams and automotive engineer Sir Patrick Head. The team was formed in 1977 after Frank Williams's two earlier unsuccessful F1 operations: Frank Williams Racing Cars (1969 to 1975) and Wolf–Williams Racing (1976). All of Williams F1 chassis are called "FW" then a number, the FW being the initials of team owner, Frank Williams.

The team's first race was the 1977 Spanish Grand Prix, where the new team ran a March chassis for Patrick Nève. Williams started manufacturing its own cars the following year, and Switzerland's Clay Regazzoni won Williams's first race at the 1979 British Grand Prix. At the 1997 British Grand Prix, Canadian Jacques Villeneuve scored the team's 100th race victory, making Williams one of only three teams in Formula One, alongside Ferrari and fellow British team McLaren, to win 100 races. Williams won nine Constructors' Championships between 1980 and 1997. This stood as a record until Ferrari surpassed it in 2000.

Drivers for Williams have included Australia's Alan Jones; Finland's Keke Rosberg; Britain's Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button; France's Alain Prost; Brazil's Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna; and Canada's Jacques Villeneuve. Each of these drivers, with the exception of Senna and Button, have captured one Drivers' title with the team. Of those who have won the championship with Williams, only Jones, Rosberg and Villeneuve actually defended their title while still with the team. Piquet moved to Lotus after winning the 1987 championship, Mansell moved to the American-based Indy Cars after winning the 1992 championship, Prost retired from racing after his 4th World Championship in 1993, while Hill moved to Arrows after winning in 1996.

Williams have worked with many engine manufacturers, most successfully with Renault, winning five of their nine Constructors' titles with the French company. Along with Ferrari, McLaren, Benetton and Renault, Williams is one of a group of five teams that won every Constructors' Championship between 1979 and 2008 and every Drivers' Championship from 1984 to 2008.

Williams F1 also has business interests beyond Formula One racing. Based in Grove, Oxfordshire, UK, Williams has established Williams Advanced Engineering and Williams Hybrid Power which take technology originally developed for Formula One and adapt it for commercial applications. In April 2014, Williams Hybrid Power were sold to GKN. Williams Advanced Engineering had a technology centre in Qatar until it was closed in 2014.


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seasons

1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,

finishing positions

grid positions

driver championships

1 Alan Jones season
2 Keke Rosberg season
3 Nelson Piquet season
4 Nigel Mansell season
5 Alain Prost season
6 Damon Hill season
7 Jacques Villeneuve season

constructor championships

1 season
2 season
3 season
4 season
5 season
6 season
7 season
8 season
9 season

wins

# event driver
1 1979 British Grand Prix round 9 Clay Regazzoni
2 1979 German Grand Prix round 10 Alan Jones
3 1979 Austrian Grand Prix round 11 Alan Jones
4 1979 Dutch Grand Prix round 12 Alan Jones
5 1979 Canadian Grand Prix round 14 Alan Jones
6 1980 Argentine Grand Prix round 1 Alan Jones
7 1980 Monaco Grand Prix round 6 Carlos Reutemann
8 1980 French Grand Prix round 7 Alan Jones
9 1980 British Grand Prix round 8 Alan Jones
10 1980 Canadian Grand Prix round 13 Alan Jones
11 1980 United States Grand Prix round 14 Alan Jones
12 1981 United States Grand Prix West round 1 Alan Jones
13 1981 Brazilian Grand Prix round 2 Carlos Reutemann
14 1981 Belgian Grand Prix round 5 Carlos Reutemann
15 1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix round 15 Alan Jones
16 1982 Swiss Grand Prix round 14 Keke Rosberg
17 1983 Monaco Grand Prix round 5 Keke Rosberg
18 1984 Dallas Grand Prix round 9 Keke Rosberg
19 1985 Detroit Grand Prix round 6 Keke Rosberg
20 1985 European Grand Prix round 14 Nigel Mansell
21 1985 South African Grand Prix round 15 Nigel Mansell
22 1985 Australian Grand Prix round 16 Keke Rosberg
23 1986 Brazilian Grand Prix round 1 Nelson Piquet
24 1986 Belgian Grand Prix round 5 Nigel Mansell
25 1986 Canadian Grand Prix round 6 Nigel Mansell
26 1986 French Grand Prix round 8 Nigel Mansell
27 1986 British Grand Prix round 9 Nigel Mansell
28 1986 German Grand Prix round 10 Nelson Piquet
29 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix round 11 Nelson Piquet
30 1986 Italian Grand Prix round 13 Nelson Piquet
31 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix round 14 Nigel Mansell
32 1987 San Marino Grand Prix round 2 Nigel Mansell
33 1987 French Grand Prix round 6 Nigel Mansell
34 1987 British Grand Prix round 7 Nigel Mansell
35 1987 German Grand Prix round 8 Nelson Piquet
36 1987 Hungarian Grand Prix round 9 Nelson Piquet
37 1987 Austrian Grand Prix round 10 Nigel Mansell
38 1987 Italian Grand Prix round 11 Nelson Piquet
39 1987 Spanish Grand Prix round 13 Nigel Mansell
40 1987 Mexican Grand Prix round 14 Nigel Mansell
41 1989 Canadian Grand Prix round 6 Thierry Boutsen
42 1989 Australian Grand Prix round 16 Thierry Boutsen
43 1990 San Marino Grand Prix round 3 Riccardo Patrese
44 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix round 10 Thierry Boutsen
45 1991 Mexican Grand Prix round 6 Riccardo Patrese
46 1991 French Grand Prix round 7 Nigel Mansell
47 1991 British Grand Prix round 8 Nigel Mansell
48 1991 German Grand Prix round 9 Nigel Mansell
49 1991 Italian Grand Prix round 12 Nigel Mansell
50 1991 Portuguese Grand Prix round 13 Riccardo Patrese
51 1991 Spanish Grand Prix round 14 Nigel Mansell
52 1992 South African Grand Prix round 1 Nigel Mansell
53 1992 Mexican Grand Prix round 2 Nigel Mansell
54 1992 Brazilian Grand Prix round 3 Nigel Mansell
55 1992 Spanish Grand Prix round 4 Nigel Mansell
56 1992 San Marino Grand Prix round 5 Nigel Mansell
57 1992 French Grand Prix round 8 Nigel Mansell
58 1992 British Grand Prix round 9 Nigel Mansell
59 1992 German Grand Prix round 10 Nigel Mansell
60 1992 Portuguese Grand Prix round 14 Nigel Mansell
61 1992 Japanese Grand Prix round 15 Riccardo Patrese
62 1993 South African Grand Prix round 1 Alain Prost
63 1993 San Marino Grand Prix round 4 Alain Prost
64 1993 Spanish Grand Prix round 5 Alain Prost
65 1993 Canadian Grand Prix round 7 Alain Prost
66 1993 French Grand Prix round 8 Alain Prost
67 1993 British Grand Prix round 9 Alain Prost
68 1993 German Grand Prix round 10 Alain Prost
69 1993 Hungarian Grand Prix round 11 Damon Hill
70 1993 Belgian Grand Prix round 12 Damon Hill
71 1993 Italian Grand Prix round 13 Damon Hill
72 1994 Spanish Grand Prix round 5 Damon Hill
73 1994 British Grand Prix round 8 Damon Hill
74 1994 Belgian Grand Prix round 11 Damon Hill
75 1994 Italian Grand Prix round 12 Damon Hill
76 1994 Portuguese Grand Prix round 13 Damon Hill
77 1994 Japanese Grand Prix round 15 Damon Hill
78 1994 Australian Grand Prix round 16 Nigel Mansell
79 1995 Argentine Grand Prix round 2 Damon Hill
80 1995 San Marino Grand Prix round 3 Damon Hill
81 1995 Hungarian Grand Prix round 10 Damon Hill
82 1995 Portuguese Grand Prix round 13 David Coulthard
83 1995 Australian Grand Prix round 17 Damon Hill
84 1996 Australian Grand Prix round 1 Damon Hill
85 1996 Brazilian Grand Prix round 2 Damon Hill
86 1996 Argentine Grand Prix round 3 Damon Hill
87 1996 European Grand Prix round 4 Jacques Villeneuve
88 1996 San Marino Grand Prix round 5 Damon Hill
89 1996 Canadian Grand Prix round 8 Damon Hill
90 1996 French Grand Prix round 9 Damon Hill
91 1996 British Grand Prix round 10 Jacques Villeneuve
92 1996 German Grand Prix round 11 Damon Hill
93 1996 Hungarian Grand Prix round 12 Jacques Villeneuve
94 1996 Portuguese Grand Prix round 15 Jacques Villeneuve
95 1996 Japanese Grand Prix round 16 Damon Hill
96 1997 Brazilian Grand Prix round 2 Jacques Villeneuve
97 1997 Argentine Grand Prix round 3 Jacques Villeneuve
98 1997 San Marino Grand Prix round 4 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
99 1997 Spanish Grand Prix round 6 Jacques Villeneuve
100 1997 British Grand Prix round 9 Jacques Villeneuve
101 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix round 11 Jacques Villeneuve
102 1997 Austrian Grand Prix round 14 Jacques Villeneuve
103 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix round 15 Jacques Villeneuve
104 2001 San Marino Grand Prix round 4 Ralf Schumacher
105 2001 Canadian Grand Prix round 8 Ralf Schumacher
106 2001 German Grand Prix round 12 Ralf Schumacher
107 2001 Italian Grand Prix round 15 Juan Pablo Montoya
108 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix round 2 Ralf Schumacher
109 2003 Monaco Grand Prix round 7 Juan Pablo Montoya
110 2003 European Grand Prix round 9 Ralf Schumacher
111 2003 French Grand Prix round 10 Ralf Schumacher
112 2003 German Grand Prix round 12 Juan Pablo Montoya
113 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix round 18 Juan Pablo Montoya
114 2012 Spanish Grand Prix round 5 Pastor Maldonado

pole positions

# event driver
1 1979 British Grand Prix round 9 Alan Jones
2 1979 Canadian Grand Prix round 14 Alan Jones
3 1979 United States Grand Prix round 15 Alan Jones
4 1980 Argentine Grand Prix round 1 Alan Jones
5 1980 Belgian Grand Prix round 5 Alan Jones
6 1980 German Grand Prix round 9 Alan Jones
7 1981 Belgian Grand Prix round 5 Carlos Reutemann
8 1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix round 15 Carlos Reutemann
9 1982 British Grand Prix round 10 Keke Rosberg
10 1983 Brazilian Grand Prix round 1 Keke Rosberg
11 1985 French Grand Prix round 7 Keke Rosberg
12 1985 British Grand Prix round 8 Keke Rosberg
13 1985 South African Grand Prix round 15 Nigel Mansell
14 1986 Belgian Grand Prix round 5 Nelson Piquet
15 1986 Canadian Grand Prix round 6 Nigel Mansell
16 1986 British Grand Prix round 9 Nelson Piquet
17 1986 Australian Grand Prix round 16 Nigel Mansell
18 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix round 1 Nigel Mansell
19 1987 Belgian Grand Prix round 3 Nigel Mansell
20 1987 Monaco Grand Prix round 4 Nigel Mansell
21 1987 Detroit Grand Prix round 5 Nigel Mansell
22 1987 French Grand Prix round 6 Nigel Mansell
23 1987 British Grand Prix round 7 Nelson Piquet
24 1987 German Grand Prix round 8 Nigel Mansell
25 1987 Hungarian Grand Prix round 9 Nigel Mansell
26 1987 Austrian Grand Prix round 10 Nelson Piquet
27 1987 Italian Grand Prix round 11 Nelson Piquet
28 1987 Spanish Grand Prix round 13 Nelson Piquet
29 1987 Mexican Grand Prix round 14 Nigel Mansell
30 1989 Hungarian Grand Prix round 10 Riccardo Patrese
31 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix round 10 Thierry Boutsen
32 1991 Canadian Grand Prix round 5 Riccardo Patrese
33 1991 Mexican Grand Prix round 6 Riccardo Patrese
34 1991 French Grand Prix round 7 Riccardo Patrese
35 1991 British Grand Prix round 8 Nigel Mansell
36 1991 German Grand Prix round 9 Nigel Mansell
37 1991 Portuguese Grand Prix round 13 Riccardo Patrese
38 1992 South African Grand Prix round 1 Nigel Mansell
39 1992 Mexican Grand Prix round 2 Nigel Mansell
40 1992 Brazilian Grand Prix round 3 Nigel Mansell
41 1992 Spanish Grand Prix round 4 Nigel Mansell
42 1992 San Marino Grand Prix round 5 Nigel Mansell
43 1992 Monaco Grand Prix round 6 Nigel Mansell
44 1992 French Grand Prix round 8 Nigel Mansell
45 1992 British Grand Prix round 9 Nigel Mansell
46 1992 German Grand Prix round 10 Nigel Mansell
47 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix round 11 Riccardo Patrese
48 1992 Belgian Grand Prix round 12 Nigel Mansell
49 1992 Italian Grand Prix round 13 Nigel Mansell
50 1992 Portuguese Grand Prix round 14 Nigel Mansell
51 1992 Japanese Grand Prix round 15 Nigel Mansell
52 1992 Australian Grand Prix round 16 Nigel Mansell
53 1993 South African Grand Prix round 1 Alain Prost
54 1993 Brazilian Grand Prix round 2 Alain Prost
55 1993 European Grand Prix round 3 Alain Prost
56 1993 San Marino Grand Prix round 4 Alain Prost
57 1993 Spanish Grand Prix round 5 Alain Prost
58 1993 Monaco Grand Prix round 6 Alain Prost
59 1993 Canadian Grand Prix round 7 Alain Prost
60 1993 French Grand Prix round 8 Damon Hill
61 1993 British Grand Prix round 9 Alain Prost
62 1993 German Grand Prix round 10 Alain Prost
63 1993 Hungarian Grand Prix round 11 Alain Prost
64 1993 Belgian Grand Prix round 12 Alain Prost
65 1993 Italian Grand Prix round 13 Alain Prost
66 1993 Portuguese Grand Prix round 14 Damon Hill
67 1993 Japanese Grand Prix round 15 Alain Prost
68 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix round 1 Ayrton Senna
69 1994 Pacific Grand Prix round 2 Ayrton Senna
70 1994 San Marino Grand Prix round 3 Ayrton Senna
71 1994 French Grand Prix round 7 Damon Hill
72 1994 British Grand Prix round 8 Damon Hill
73 1994 Australian Grand Prix round 16 Nigel Mansell
74 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix round 1 Damon Hill
75 1995 Argentine Grand Prix round 2 David Coulthard
76 1995 Monaco Grand Prix round 5 Damon Hill
77 1995 French Grand Prix round 7 Damon Hill
78 1995 British Grand Prix round 8 Damon Hill
79 1995 German Grand Prix round 9 Damon Hill
80 1995 Hungarian Grand Prix round 10 Damon Hill
81 1995 Italian Grand Prix round 12 David Coulthard
82 1995 Portuguese Grand Prix round 13 David Coulthard
83 1995 European Grand Prix round 14 David Coulthard
84 1995 Pacific Grand Prix round 15 David Coulthard
85 1995 Australian Grand Prix round 17 Damon Hill
86 1996 Australian Grand Prix round 1 Jacques Villeneuve
87 1996 Brazilian Grand Prix round 2 Damon Hill
88 1996 Argentine Grand Prix round 3 Damon Hill
89 1996 European Grand Prix round 4 Damon Hill
90 1996 Spanish Grand Prix round 7 Damon Hill
91 1996 Canadian Grand Prix round 8 Damon Hill
92 1996 British Grand Prix round 10 Damon Hill
93 1996 German Grand Prix round 11 Damon Hill
94 1996 Belgian Grand Prix round 13 Jacques Villeneuve
95 1996 Italian Grand Prix round 14 Damon Hill
96 1996 Portuguese Grand Prix round 15 Damon Hill
97 1996 Japanese Grand Prix round 16 Jacques Villeneuve
98 1997 Australian Grand Prix round 1 Jacques Villeneuve
99 1997 Brazilian Grand Prix round 2 Jacques Villeneuve
100 1997 Argentine Grand Prix round 3 Jacques Villeneuve
101 1997 San Marino Grand Prix round 4 Jacques Villeneuve
102 1997 Monaco Grand Prix round 5 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
103 1997 Spanish Grand Prix round 6 Jacques Villeneuve
104 1997 British Grand Prix round 9 Jacques Villeneuve
105 1997 Belgian Grand Prix round 12 Jacques Villeneuve
106 1997 Austrian Grand Prix round 14 Jacques Villeneuve
107 1997 Japanese Grand Prix round 16 Jacques Villeneuve
108 1997 European Grand Prix round 17 Jacques Villeneuve
109 2001 French Grand Prix round 10 Ralf Schumacher
110 2001 German Grand Prix round 12 Juan Pablo Montoya
111 2001 Belgian Grand Prix round 14 Juan Pablo Montoya
112 2001 Italian Grand Prix round 15 Juan Pablo Montoya
113 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix round 3 Juan Pablo Montoya
114 2002 Monaco Grand Prix round 7 Juan Pablo Montoya
115 2002 Canadian Grand Prix round 8 Juan Pablo Montoya
116 2002 European Grand Prix round 9 Juan Pablo Montoya
117 2002 British Grand Prix round 10 Juan Pablo Montoya
118 2002 French Grand Prix round 11 Juan Pablo Montoya
119 2002 Italian Grand Prix round 15 Juan Pablo Montoya
120 2003 Monaco Grand Prix round 7 Ralf Schumacher
121 2003 Canadian Grand Prix round 8 Ralf Schumacher
122 2003 French Grand Prix round 10 Ralf Schumacher
123 2003 German Grand Prix round 12 Juan Pablo Montoya
124 2004 Canadian Grand Prix round 8 Ralf Schumacher
125 2005 European Grand Prix round 7 Nick Heidfeld
126 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix round 18 Nico Hülkenberg
127 2012 Spanish Grand Prix round 5 Pastor Maldonado
128 2014 Austrian Grand Prix round 8 Felipe Massa

drivers who drove for Williams

# driver
1 Arturo Merzario
2 Jacques Laffite
3 Tony Brise
4 Damien Magee
5 Ian Scheckter
6 François Migault
7 Ian Ashley
8 Jo Vonlanthen
9 Renzo Zorzi
10 Lella Lombardi
11 Emilio Zapico
12 Alan Jones
13 Clay Regazzoni
14 Carlos Reutemann
15 Rupert Keegan
16 Desiré Wilson
17 Kevin Cogan
18 Geoff Lees
19 Keke Rosberg
20 Mario Andretti
21 Derek Daly
22 Jonathan Palmer
23 Nigel Mansell
24 Nelson Piquet
25 Riccardo Patrese
26 Martin Brundle
27 Jean-Louis Schlesser
28 Thierry Boutsen
29 Alain Prost
30 Damon Hill
31 Ayrton Senna
32 David Coulthard COU
33 Jacques Villeneuve VIL
34 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
35 Ralf Schumacher SCH
36 Alessandro Zanardi
37 Jenson Button BUT
38 Juan Pablo Montoya MON
39 Marc Gené
40 Antônio Pizzonia PIZ
41 Mark Webber WEB
42 Nick Heidfeld HEI
43 Nico Rosberg ROS
44 Alexander Wurz WUR
45 Kazuki Nakajima NAK
46 Rubens Barrichello BAR
47 Nico Hülkenberg HUL
48 Pastor Maldonado MAL
49 Bruno Senna SEN
50 Valtteri Bottas BOT
51 Felipe Massa MAS
52 Lance Stroll STR
53 Paul di Resta DIR
54 Sergey Sirotkin SIR

Williams news

The two British teams are two of F1's most successful, claiming 17 constructors' titles and 296 victories between them, but neither has won a race since 2012.<br>Williams has not won a title since Jacques Villeneuve's 1997 success and, having enjoyed a return to prominence at the start of the V6 turbo-hybrid engine era in 2014, slumped to last in the constructors' championship in 2018.<br>McLaren ...

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Despite the two British outfits being amongst the most successful in F1 history, a raft of issues left them battling near the bottom of the grid in 2018 as their rivals stepped up their game.<br>Brawn, who is F1's managing director of motorsports, reckons that while a title-winning team like Mercedes has benefited from huge stability, staffing reshuffles at McLaren and Williams over recent years ...

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Stroll, who has moved to the Racing Point team for this season following its change in ownership, only scored six points in 2018 compared to 40 the year before, but believes he's eliminated big errors and recovered when he has underperformed.<br>"I've definitely been more consistent," the Canadian told Motorsport.com. "When I haven't been there or I've made mistakes, it's been on less of scale ...

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Williams finished 10th in the constructors’ championship, the worst result in its history, as its FW41 proved fundamentally flawed and its young drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin scored just seven points between them.<br>That result followed four podium-finishing seasons in which the team managed to finish in the top five.<br>Lowe told Motorsport.com: “It’s been a very tough season ...

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Williams finished 10th and last in the constructors’ championship in 2018, the team’s worst result in its long history.<br>Both Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin struggled to get to grips with the underperforming FW41 this season and were only able to score points on two occasions, in Azerbaijan and Italy.<br>“I think the problems were related to the global car, if you like – we’ve had ...

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Hopes were high for the rules reset in 2017, as the team came off the back of a 2016 campaign that saw it in a dogfight with Force India for fourth place, a position that it almost willingly gave up by switching focus for the regulatory rebirth. Unfortunately the FW40 did not maximise the scope of the new rules package, and it slid down the pecking order.<br>Even that could not prepare us for ...

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Smedley’s departure was announced early last month, with the 45-year-old stressing that he wants to focus on spending time with his family. His future plans are not yet known. On Friday, Williams marked his departure by giving him a set of Felipe Massa overalls signed by many of the engineers with whom he has worked over the past four years.   Lowe stressed that despite the difficult ...

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The Russian made his grand prix debut with Williams this season and, despite scoring only a solitary point, impressed the team with his commitment to working at the factory away from races and his performances with the recalcitrant FW41. However, he will not continue in F1 after his backer SMP Racing was put off by the struggles of the British team which has signed Robert Kubica ...

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Kubica will be back on the grid in 2019 after an absence of more than eight years, having won his battle to return to F1 following the early-2011 rally crash that almost severed his right arm. He has signed for Williams at the end of a year in which it recorded the worst constructors’ championship finish in its history, after placing last of the 10 teams. “Robert has done a great job for ...

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Kubica will be back on the grid in 2019 after an absence of more than eight years, having won his battle to return to F1 following the early-2011 rally crash that almost severed his right arm. He has signed for Williams at the end of a year in which it recorded the worst constructors’ championship finish in its history, after placing last of the 10 teams. “Robert has done a great job for ...

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As teams work on honing their cars to new aero regulations that are aimed at improving overtaking, Wolff maintains his belief that the order could be turned on its head by teams exploiting potential grey areas in the rules. He thinks a repeat of 2009, when Brawn emerged from nowhere to triumph thanks to its double diffuser design, could be on the cards and that any outfit has the potential to ...

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Latifi had a development role with Force India this season that involved three days of testing with the team and some Friday practice running. The Canadian, who finished ninth in F2 after struggling to adapt to the new car, will have an enhanced role with Williams. His switch to the team was expected following Force India's reincarnation as a new entry backed by a consortium led by Lance ...

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Sirotkin, who made his grand prix debut with Williams this year, was confirmed to be leaving the team when it announced Robert Kubica as teammate to the previously-unveiled George Russell on Thursday. “We took the decision not to continue participating in the Formula 1 world championship in the joint project with the Williams Martini Racing team,” said SMP Racing chief Boris Rotenberg in a ...

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As reported by Motorsport.com, the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner will partner George Russell at Williams in 2019 and end an absence from the F1 grid of more than eight years. Kubica has not raced in F1 since the 2010 season finale, having suffered severe injuries to his right arm in a rally crash in early '11. Securing a 2019 drive means Kubica completes a stunning comeback from the ...

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Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe revealed earlier this month that Formula 2 points leader Russell had pushed to land a race seat with the team a year ago, which included making a presentation about what he could offer if he was signed. Speaking in an exclusive interview filmed at Motorsport.com’s UK offices, Russell explained that his motivation was to approach his pitch for a drive ...

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An announcement is expected early in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. Williams's decision to bring Robert Kubica into its race team means he will make an incredible return to the F1 grid eight years after the rallying accident in Italy that left him with severe arm injuries and interrupted his racing career. Motorsport.com learned earlier this month that Kubica had moved to the top of ...

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The Formula 2 title favourite, who has signed a multi-year deal to race for Williams, has tested for Force India and Mercedes this season. However, he had only driven on Williams's simulator before convincing the team to give him his grand prix debut. Williams has not confirmed its Abu Dhabi test line-up but chief technical officer Paddy Lowe said Russell would "almost certainly" be ...

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Kubica has some backing in place for a potential F1 race seat next year, and is a contender to replace Sergey Sirotkin and slot in alongside the already-confirmed George Russell at the Grove-based team. It’s believed that, with other options such as Esteban Ocon not working out for Williams and an expected title sponsorship deal with Rich Energy going to Haas instead, the Pole is now top of ...

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Russell has been confirmed at Williams for 2019 after impressing the team with his championship-leading Formula 2 campaign, Mercedes test outings and simulator work. His off-track attitude has also made a significant early impression on the likes of Lowe and deputy team principal Claire Williams. Lowe told Motorsport.com that Russell initially wanted to be considered for the 2018 drive that ...

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Smedley joined Williams from Ferrari in 2014 as head of performance engineering in a newly-created role as the team sought to bounce back from a tough 2013 campaign. He helped guide Williams to back-to-back third-place finishes in the constructors' championship, then fifth place in 2016 and 2017. Smedley said he has not decided on what he will do next, while Williams has no immediate ...

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A member of the Williams crew was knocked to the ground when Stroll departed his pit stall after his second pitstop at Mexico City, but escaped uninjured. The stewards ruled that the car was "released unsafely" and "in a manner endangering team personnel". Their statement added: "The stewards determined that the entire pitstop sequence was complete and that the mechanic being struck was as a ...

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Gutierrez was dropped by Haas after the 2016 season and his only race outings since have been sporadic appearances in Formula E and IndyCar. However, he has retained a link to F1 by joining Mercedes as a simulator driver and has attended some races with the team. Gutierrez would not explicitly confirm a Williams bid but told Motorsport.com at his home grand prix in Mexico that "there are ...

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The Enstone outfit's deputy team principal Claire Williams has made it clear that Kubica remains on the shortlist, even suggesting on Thursday that the Pole would be a "fantastic" teammate for incoming rookie George Russell. Although encouraged by her comments, Kubica insists that he doesn't want to miss out on other opportunities by holding out for the race seat. "If she said this, maybe ...

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Kubica is one of several drivers on the shortlist for the second seat at the team, along with Esteban Ocon. The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner has tested for Williams on several occasions this year and driven in two free practice sessions, and has made a fresh push to secure a bigger budget for 2019. Ocon meanwhile could get the nod if the team can source the funding to run him independent ...

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Ocon is expected to leave the Racing Point Force India team at the end of the year, with Sergio Perez's stay confirmed and Lance Stroll expected to join from Williams given his father Lawrence is now a Force India investor. Formula 2 championship leader George Russell was announced as a Williams driver last week, while fellow Mercedes protege Ocon has targeted the British team as his last ...

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