Williams FW18

An evolution of the Williams FW17, the Adrian Newey designed FW18 again set the benchmark in aerodynamic design. Coupled with the Renault V10 engine and Indycar Champion Jacques Villeneuve to partner the, by then, seasoned campaigner Damon Hill it looked once again that the Williams FW18 was the class of the field. Williams set out on the 1996 campaign to right the wrongs of 1995.

16

Races

12

Wins

2

Titles

1996

Debut

12

Poles

11

Fastest Laps

112

Total Points

An evolution of the previous season’s car that performed so admirably, the main visual difference between the Williams FW17 and the FW18 were the mandatory safety elements introduced by the FIA for 1996. Higher head protection on either side of the cockpit and a lower seating position for the driver resulting in the top of his helmet being less pronounced from the cockpit and less vulnerable to any lateral or frontal impact.

Schumacher moved from Benetton to Ferrari in the close season, and in the other direction went both Alesi and Berger. The outgoing Coulthard had found himself at McLaren, who were at the start of their Mercedes journey, but it would be a couple of years  yet before they hit their stride.

Damon Hill‘s driving was developing and his smooth, almost effortless style suited the FW18 well.

The season began well with a 1-2 finish in Australia, Villeneuve almost pipping Hill to the win on his Formula 1 debut.

The season continued in that vein, the Williams drivers sharing the spoils in 12 out of the 16 races, comfortably securing the World Constructors Championship.

The drivers title went right down to the wire, Hill pipping Villeneuve at the last round with a win when his young teammate failed to finish.

Sadly for Damon it was deemed not enough for a contract for 1997 and for the third time in five years a Williams World Champion would move on from the team at the end of his championship year.

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Williams Logo
Renault normally aspirated 3 litre V10
Tyres

Williams FW18 Specs

Designed by:Patrick Head & Adrian Newey
Year(s) active:1996
Official entrant:Rothmans Williams Renault
Drivers:Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve
Engine:Renault normally aspirated 3 litre V10
Tyres:Goodyear2
Fuel:Elf
Brakes:AP/Carbon Industries
Transmission:Williams transverse 6-speed semi-automatic
Preceded by:Williams FW17
Succeeded by:Williams FW19

Williams FW18 Results

1996

AUS BRA ARG EUR SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN
HILL 1 1 1 4 1 DNF DNF 1 1 DNF 1 2 5 DNF 2 1
VILLENEUVE 2 DNF 2 1 11 DNF 3 2 2 1 3 1 2 7 1 DNF
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