Founded by Sir Frank Williams in 1977 Williams F1 is one of the world’s top Formula 1 teams in its 42nd season at the pinnacle of motorpsort.
Sir Frank’s daughter Claire Williams is Deputy Team Principal, as Sir Frank remains in charge despite the great man appearing at the track infrequently.
The team soon built their own chassis, the Williams FW06 which they used in the 1978 Formula 1 season where Alan Jones, Williams’ sole driver scored three top six finishes including a second place – Williams Grand Prix Engineering’s first podium in the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.
Williams Grand Prix Engineering wouldn’t have to wait long for their first F1 World Championship, as a year after their first win, and just three years after their Formula 1 debut, Alan Jones beat Brabham’s Nelson Piquet to the 1980 title sealing the F1 world constructors championship in the process.
14 more titles would follow in the ensuing two decades, with, to date, 114 wins being scored by Williams drivers in Formula 1 – a record only beaten by Ferrari and McLaren.
Williams’ 2018 car, the Williams FW41 suffered from insurmountable flaws which led to the team finishing bottom of both the F1 World Constructors Championship and the F1 World Drivers Championship for the first time in their history.
For 2019, Williams recruited two new drivers to pilot their new car, the Williams FW42 – Poland’s Robert Kubica, returning to F1 after a forced hiatus of eight years following a crash whilst rallying leading to serious injuries leaving his F1 career in serious doubt.
Paddy Lowe Williams’ former CTO hoped to set the team on course for an improvement in their fortunes following a dip in performance in recent years, but parted ways with Williams mid way through the 2019 season after a disappointing start to the year.
Nearing the end of the 2019 Formula 1 season and Williams has picked up just one point, earned by Robert Kubica at a wet German Grand Prix. Williams need six more to avoid finishing the season with their lowest haul of points ever – a feat that looks out of reach at the time of writing.