Williams FW26

The most striking thing about the Williams FW26 was it's wide frontal section, with two protruding vertical pillars attaching the front wing to the nose which, due to their resemblance to tusks, earned the car the nickname 'Walrus nose'. This radical approach allowed more air to pass unmolested beneath the car. Following a strong 2003, expectations for the FW26 and the 2004 season were high.

18

Races

1

Wins

4th

Best WCC result

2004

Debut

1

Poles

2

Fastest Laps

88

Total Points

Unlike the previous season when it took the Williams team our or five races to get up to speed, it was hoped that, after a strong finish to 2003 and an impressive pre-season, the Williams FW26 would hit the ground running, earning big points from the outset.

This was not to be however, as the car proved difficult to set up, and the Williams FW26 proved to be a midfield runner at best, unable to get anywhere near the again imperious Ferrari F2004s, who swept all before them.

The two Williams cars were disqualified in Canada for having illegally modified brake ducts, designed to better cope with the heavy braking zones at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Ralf Schumacher suffered a heavy crash at Indianapolis’ banked section which would rule him out for three months, the team drafting in Marc Gene and Antonio Pizzonia as replacements, but neither were able to finish in the top six. This relegated the Williams team to fourth in the World Constructors Championship behind BAR and Renault.

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Williams Logo
BMW normally aspirated 3 litre V10
Tyres

Williams FW26 Specs

Designed by:Patrick Head, Gavin Fisher & Antonia Terzi
Year(s) active:2004
Official entrant:BMW WilliamsF1 Team
Drivers:Ralf Schumacher, Juan-Pablo Montoya, Marc Gene, Antonio Pizzonia
Engine:BMW normally aspirated 3 litre V10
Tyres:Michelin
Fuel:Petrobras
Brakes:Carbone Industrie discs and pads and AP callipers
Transmission:Williams 7-Speed semi-automatic
Preceded by:Williams FW25
Succeeded by:Williams FW27

Williams FW26 Results

2004

AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA CHN JPN BRA
MONTOYA 5 2 13 3 DNF 4 8 DSQ DSQ 8 5 5 4 DNF 5 5 7 1
SCHUMACHER 4 DNF 7 7 6 10 DNF DSQ DNF DNF 2 5
GENE 10 12
PIZZONIA 7 7 DNF 7
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