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Williams Racing

Nicholas Latifi & George Russell
Nationality gbr Brittish
Home base Grove, Verenigd Koningkrijk
Active since 1977
Teamboss Claire Williams

F1 season 2021

WC Position 9
WC points 0
Podiums 0
Pole positions 0

F1 history

World titles 9
WC Points 3561
Podiums 312
Pole positions 128

After a few years in the doldrums, the Williams Formula 1 team seems to be on a precipice of change. Jost Capito joins as the team’s new CEO, with George Russell and Nicholas Latifi staying on for a further year. However, 2021 will mark the first year where a member of the Williams family is no longer associated with the team.

History of Williams F1 team

With a storied history that dates back to the 1960s, Williams Racing will look to improve its form in the following years.

Frank Williams officially started the Williams team with his friend and compatriot Patrick Head in 1977. It took only three years for them to experience success when they won the championship with Alan Jones in 1980 and the team followed this up with championship wins for Keke Rosberg in 1982 and Nelson Piquet in 1987.

Williams also had a few near misses during this period, the most notable of which came in 1986 when Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet lost the championship due to a tyre failure on Mansell’s car, which in turn forced Piquet to make a pitstop out of precaution.

In 1986, founder Frank Williams became paralyzed after a road accident.

With McLaren dominating the remainder of the 80s, the 90s brought Williams to the forefront again. The FW14B which was one of the dominant cars in the history of Formula 1 saw the team and Nigel Mansell romp to both team and driver titles. 1993 would see the return of Alain Prost and he too would go on to complete a championship double, winning his fourth and final title in the process. 1994 and 1995 would see Williams lose out to Benetton and Michael Schumacher, despite winning the team title in 1994, but the team would bounce back in 1996 and 1997 with Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve who is the last driver to win a title with Williams.

The team entered a technical partnership with BMW in the early 00s and while this lead to race wins and several podiums, the team was unable to finish higher than second in the constructor standings a feat achieved in 2003 with Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher piloting the cars. The team would eventually part with BMW after a tumultuous end to their relationship and would enter a steady decline from 2005 onwards, despite running the likes of Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber, the team missed their edge from earlier seasons and could never mount a serious championship charge.

Williams would go on to register the one odd win in 2012 courtesy of Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado. However, the introduction of the turbo-hybrid era and the ensuing technical overhaul to the cars would provide Williams an opportunity to bounce back. Running Mercedes power, the team would claim back to back third places in the constructor’s standings with Valteri Bottas, in particular, impressing with six podiums and Felipe Massa adding another three. 2015 would see the team finish third again though the signs of a decline would become visible.

A Formula 1 team in decline

Williams would finish fifth in 2016 and 2017, with Lance Stroll making his debut for the team in 2017. The team would then enter its worst period in the sport, consistently fighting at the back for three consecutive years between 2018 and 2020, with 2019, in particular, representing Williams’ lowest point in the sport.

The team has since transferred ownership from the Williams family to Dorilton Capital in 2020, with Claire Williams abdicating her position as team principal. This is significant as it is the first time in history that an individual from the Williams family is not at the helm of the team.

The future of the team looks bright however, with Jost Capito taking over as CEO, the team will also retain the highly-rated George Russell, who at times has single-handedly carried the team over the past two seasons. He will partner with Nicholas Latifi as the team seeks to move out of the last spot in the standings.

Williams in Formula 1

Williams remains the third most successful team in the history of Formula 1 with nine constructors championships and seven drivers championships.

The team’s most successful driver is Nigel Mansell with 28 wins for the team.

Williams has had 10 different engine partners during their time in the sport, their most successful partnership has been with Renault.

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