Williams FW19

Jacques Villeneuve was joined at Williams by Heinz-Harald Frentzen, replacing World Champion Damon Hill, who joined Arrows. The FW19 was the last Adrian Newey designed Williams, and again coupled his superb chassis with a Renault engine that was the class of the field.

17

Races

8

Wins

2

Titles

1997

Debut

11

Poles

9

Fastest Laps

123

Total Points

The Williams FW19 was again an evolution of the mega-successful FW18 which swept to both titles in 1996. Despite this, Williams weren’t to find winning as easy as they did in 1996 – Schumacher and Ferrari had developed a strong car and they were to be serious competition throughout the season.

The FW19 had a better centre of gravity than its predecessor as a result of a wider fuel tank allowing the engine to be situated further forward, which allowed for better corner entry and a more neutral balance.

It was the last Williams-Renault before the marque’s withdrawal from Formula 1, and with Adrian Newey informing Williams of his decision to join McLaren for 1998 midway through 1997 he was put on gardening leave and so the FW19 was also his last.

Villeneuve managed to secure seven wins to Frentzen’s one, taking the title at the final round in Jerez, despite Schumacher’ efforts to cheat his way to the Championship by taking both he and Villeneuve off, for which he justifiably found himself disqualified from the entire season.

Frentzen’s contribution throughout the season, combined with Villeneuve’s strong showing amounted to World Constructors Championship success for Williams – the second successive double championship win for the team.

With such upheaval for Williams, the big question being asked of them was whether or not they’d be able to continue their success into 1998 without Renault engines and Adrian Newey.

The answer, as we know with hindsight was a resounding no, and the two championships won by Williams in 1997 were to be their last to date.

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Renault normally aspirated 3 litre V10
Tyres

Williams FW19 Specs

Designed by:Patrick Head & Adrian Newey
Year(s) active:1997
Official entrant:Rothmans Williams Renault
Drivers:Jacques Villeneuve, Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Engine:Renault normally aspirated 3 litre V10
Tyres:Goodyear2
Fuel:Elf
Brakes:AP/Carbon Industries
Transmission:Williams/Komatsu 6-speed transverse semi-automatic
Preceded by:Williams FW18
Succeeded by:Williams FW20

Williams FW19 Results

1997

AUS BRA ARG SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA AUT LUX JPN EUR
VILLENEUVE DNF DNF DNF DNF 4 DNF 5 5 DSQ 3
FRENTZEN 8 9 DNF DNF 8 4 2 DNF DNF DNF 3 3 3 3 2 6
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