With a new driver line-up and on the back of a string of race-winning seasons, the Williams team approached the 2005 season with quiet optimism.
However, while the Williams FW27 was regularly able to compete for points, and from time-to-time podiums, it was significantly slower than the front running teams and a win was never really a possibility.
In a season that yielded a single pole position for Heidfeld in his home Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, a high point was a 2-3 finish in Monaco.
Heidfeld was replaced by Antonio Pizzonia mid-season after Heidfeld suffered injuries in a testing accident, and then on his return his misery was confounded when he was again injured in a collision with a motorcycle and was forced to sit out the remainder of the season.
The team ended the season in fifth place in the World Constructors Championship, which fell considerably short of the targets set by the team pre-season.
In 2005 the Williams FW27 was the first Formula 1 car tested by a young German by the name of Sebastian Vettel.
Williams FW27 Specs
|Designed by:||Sam Michael & Loïc Bigois|
|Official entrant:||BMW WilliamsF1 Team|
|Drivers:||Mark Webber, Nick Heidfeld, Antônio Pizzonia|
|Engine:||BMW normally aspirated 3 litre V10|
|Brakes:||Carbone Industrie discs and pads and AP callipers|
|Transmission:||Williams 6-speed transverse semi-automatic|
|Preceded by:||Williams FW26|
|Succeeded by:||Williams FW28|
Williams FW27 Results