The most successful F1 team of the 90s was founded in 1977 as the Williams Grand Prix Engineering Frank Williams in Patrick Head. With only 17 employees, they were preparing their entry into F1 in a small industrial hall in Oxfordshire. Today, about 500 people work at Williams' factory in Grove.
Sir Frank Williams ’team experienced its most successful years between 1992 and 1997, when they won four racing and five team titles with Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Dam Hill and Jacques Villeneuve.
With the start of the new millennium, a new era began for Williams. Because after almost two years of working behind the scenes, BMW returned to F1 and brought the team the necessary fresh wind. Nevertheless, there were tensions in Britain and Bavaria, as racers Williams and Head did not allow the Germans to dictate business to them and interfere in the construction of high-speed race cars. After five years, this collaboration was over.
Williams and Head landed again to some extent at the beginning. As a private team without the support of the manufacturer, they struggled to get back on the path to success. But they have succeeded less and less. In 2011, Williams decided to go public. But it also meant a sporting drop to the end of midfield F1.
In 2012, they renewed their legendary partnership with Renault and hoped that the new impulses would help them return to the forefront. In part, this was the case as Pastor Maldonado celebrated a sensational victory in Barcelona (the first since Brazil in 2004). But by the end of the season, Maldonado and Bruno Senna only occasionally provided less attention. In 2013, Senna was replaced by Valtteri Bottas. But Willaims experienced another dry year. Both racers scored just eight points.
In the first year of the F1 hybrid period (2014), Willaims did not bring Felipe Masso (instead of Maldonado) into his ranks, but also entered into a partnership with Mercedes. As it turned out, both were crowned with success. Mercedes powertrains have proven to be the most powerful in the entire field. And because Williams has managed to make a better race car, the traditional team has taken a big step forward. At the end of the season, they were third. The highlight of the season, however, was certainly the double podium finish in the final race in Abu Dhabi.
In 2015, the team set off with the same racing lineup. The set goal is to overtake Red Bull, the team also achieved. Although the individual results were not top notch, the tremendous consistency helped the team win third place again.
In 2016, however, Williams lost her breath. With just one podium finish, the team finished fifth at the end of the season. In 2017, they set off with the Masa racing team and rookie Lance Stroll. The latter replaced Bottas, who headed in the direction of Mercedes. After an acceptable start to the season, thanks to Massi, the team could not keep up with the pace of development and was without a chance against the Indian team Force India.
In 2018, the young Stroll got a new teammate Sergei Sirotkin. This season, however, represented a vertical drop. The team scored one of the lowest points in its history. The car was very bad, but on the other hand, the racers were not convinced either. They scored points in just two races, which meant they finished the season in last place.
In 2019, Williams is betting on a new racing duo. Robert Kubica returned to F1 after ten years, and last year's F2 champion George Russell took second place. Unfortunately, the duo also do not have the opportunity to detach the team from the bottom of the F1 caravan.
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