Williams FW07

Williams' first ground-effects car, the FW07 marked the teams progression from small British constructor, to established World Championship contender with the resources and budget to compete with the top Formula 1 teams.

43

Races

15

Wins

3

Titles

1979

Debut

8

Poles

15

Fastest Laps

292*

Total Points

Designed by Patrick Head, Frank Dernie, and Neil Oatley, the Williams FW07 made its debut at the 1979 Spanish Grand Prix.

Loosely based around the Lotus 79, the car was small and simple, light with clean lines and an uncluttered aerodynamic design. It was again, powered by the Ford Cosworth DFV.

Pre-season it was mooted as being a strong contender for the 1979 title, but while it was the first Williams car to lead races, it was undone by minor reliability issues which cost any chance of strong results in the early part of the season, and ruled out any chance of the title.

Williams FW07 in 2018

The FW07 and the teams’ first win came at the hands of Clay Regazzoni at the 1979 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and four more victories were to follow in the hands of Alan Jones before the close of the season, placing Williams in second in the World Constructors Championship.

Real success was to come in 1980, when the FW07 powered Jones and Williams debutant Carlos Reutemann to first and third in the World Drivers Championship with 6 Grand Prix wins between them. Their points haul also amounted to Williams first World Constructors Championship win.

For the 1981 Formula 1 season a modified FW07 (now using the badges FW07B and C) powered Jones and Reutemann to wins at Kylami, Long Beach and Jacarepaguá.

In an effort to replicate the Brabham team and their suspension lowering system which attempted to sidestep the ban on ground-effects, Williams found themselves on the back foot, until later on in the season when they again found form with another couple of wins and their second consecutive World Constructors Title.

Williams 1982 Formula 1 campaign once again begun with two FW07Cs, and a second place each for new arrival Keke Rosberg and Reutemann. Amid political tensions between the UK and Argentina over the Falklands, and with one-eye on a career in politics, Reutemann decided to withdraw from the Williams team, leaving Rosberg as team leader when the FW08 arrived at the beginning of the 1982 ‘European season’.

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Ford Cosworth DFV 3-litre normally aspirated V8
Tyres

Williams FW07 Specs

Designed by:Patrick Head, Frank Dernie & Neil Oatley
Year(s) active:1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
Official entrant:Albilad-Saudia Racing Team/TAG Williams Racing Team
Drivers:Alan Jones, Clay Regazzoni, Carlos Reutemann, Desire Wilson
Engine:Ford Cosworth DFV 3-litre normally aspirated V8
Tyres:Goodyear/Michelin
Fuel:Mobil
Brakes:Lockheed vented discs, Ferodo pads
Transmission:Hewland 5-speed manual
Preceded by:Williams FW06
Succeeded by:Williams FW08

Williams FW07 Results

1979

ARG BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA
JONES DNF DNF DNF 4 DNF 9 DNF
REGAZZONI DNF DNF 2 6 2 5 DNF 3 3 DNF

1980

ARG BRA RSA USW BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA
JONES 3 DNF DNF 2 DNF 3 2 11 2
REUTEMANN DNF DNF 5 DNF 3 6 3 2 3 4 3 2 2

1981

USW BRA ARG SMR BEL MON ESP FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN CPL
JONES 2 4 12 DNF 2 7 17 DNF 11 4 3 2 DNF
REUTEMANN 2 2 3 DNF 4 10 2 DNF 5 DNF 3 10 8

1982

RSA BRA USW SMR BEL MON DET CAN NED GBR FRA GER AUT SUI ITA
REUTEMANN 2 DNF
ROSBERG 5 DSQ 2
ANDRETTI DNF
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