The Williams FW24’s main strength was the mega-powerful BMW V10, which compensated for the car’s comparatively (to Ferrari and McLaren) inferior aerodynamics. This allowed drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan-Pablo Montoya to compete with, but seldom beat the all conquering Ferrari team with its F2002 in the hands of Michael Schumacher, which won ten of the season’s 17 races.
Ralf Schumacher took the Williams FW24 to its lone win in Malaysia at the second race of the season, but while Juan-Pablo Montoya was able to score five consecutive pole-positions in 2002, he ended the season winless.
Despite the FW24’s inability to match the Ferrari F2002, it was able to help to the team to move up a place from 2001 in the World Constructors Championship, finishing the season in second place, ahead of the McLaren-Mercedes team.
Williams FW24 Specs
|Designed by:||Patrick Head, Gavin Fisher & Geoff Willis|
|Official entrant:||BMW WilliamsF1 Team|
|Drivers:||Ralf Schumacher, Juan-Pablo Montoya|
|Engine:||BMW normally aspirated 3 litre V10|
|Brakes:||Carbone Industrie discs and pads and AP callipers|
|Transmission:||Williams 7-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential|
|Preceded by:||Williams FW23|
|Succeeded by:||Williams FW25|