Williams FW22

The Williams FW22 was the first car in the BMW Williams era, which would see the German manufacturer supply the Williams Team with engines for the following five seasons. Designed by Patrick Head, Gavin Fisher and Geoff Willis, the FW22 showed great promise from the outset in the hands of Ralf Schumacher, in his second season with the team, and Formula 1 rookie Jenson Button, delivering the Williams team 14 top six finishes over the course of 2009, including three podiums.

17

Races

3rd

Best race result

3rd

Best WCC result

2000

Debut

0

Poles

0

Fastest Laps

36

Total Points

Another evolution of the previous year’s Williams FW21, the FW22 heralded the beginning of an exciting new partnership between Williams and BMW, who powered Nelson Piquet and Brabham to two world championships in the early 1980s.

Geoff Willis’ input had refined the aerodynamics on the FW22 to be extremely efficient allowing the chassis to exploit the strengths of the powerful BMW engine and perform well on high speed circuits such as Hockenheim and Monza.

It was to be a learning year for both Williams and BMW as, despite intensive testing of their new engine in the build up to the 200 season it proved to be unreliable at first.

The engine was longer and heavier than the Supertec and so the the FW22 featured a longer wheelbase than its predecessor.

Its sidepods also required heightening to provide more engine cooling, compromising the FW22’s aerodynamic performance to the extent that, on slower circuits, Williams added winglets in front of the rear wheels and a wing over the airbox to compensate.

The Williams FW22 was the first Williams car to feature a 7-speed gearbox.

At the 2000 Brazilian Grand Prix, Jenson Button became the youngest driver ever to score a World Championship point, with his sixth place finish, while team-mate Ralf Schumacher, in his third year with the team finished in third place three times.

The strong performances shown by the Williams FW22 during the 2000 season were enough to cement third place in the World Constructors Championship, quite a distance behind the McLaren and Ferrari teams, but comfortably ahead of the rest – Williams’ best finish in a championship since 1997.

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Williams Logo
BMW normally aspirated 3 litre V10
Tyres

Williams FW22 Specs

Designed by:Patrick Head, Gavin Fisher & Geoff Willis
Year(s) active:2000
Official entrant:BMW WilliamsF1 Team
Drivers:Ralf Schumacher, Jenson Button
Engine:BMW normally aspirated 3 litre V10
Tyres:Bridgestone
Fuel:Petrobras
Brakes:AP
Transmission:Williams 7-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
Preceded by:Williams FW21
Succeeded by:Williams FW23

Williams FW22 Results

2000

AUS BRA SMR GBR ESP EUR MON CAN FRA AUT GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN MAL
SCHUMACHER 3 5 DNF 4 4 DNF DNF 14 5 DNF 7 5 3 3 DNF DNF DNF
BUTTON DNF 6 DNF 5 17 10 DNF 11 8 5 4 9 5 DNF DNF 5 DNF
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