Williams FW32

The 2010 Williams FW32, powered by Formula 1's newest engine supplier, Cosworth, introduced in an effort to give constructors without a works deal a practical, cost effective means of powering their cars.

19

Races

4th

Best race result

6th

Best WCC result

2010

Debut

1

Poles

0

Fastest Laps

69

Total Points

The Williams FW32 marks the beginning of the team’s engine partnership with Cosworth, and the team’s second ‘clean sheet’ design in as many years.

A ban on refuelling and a new set of regulations forced Williams into a complete rethink, focusing its efforts around the car’s aerodynamic efficiency.

It featured a much flatter nose that that of its predecessor and in a season where shark-fins became commonplace, Williams opted for a subtler version until the arrival of the f-duct at the Chinese Grand Prix in April.

The f-duct was a device that allowed the driver to manually alter the airflow over the rear wing, reducing it when in a straight line, therefore reducing the car’s drag and giving him a speed advantage.

Its double diffuser, which was introduced the previous year and used to great effect by the Brawn team – less so by Williams despite the team having been one of just three teams to have spotted the loophole in the regulations that allowed for it and being one of the device’s early adopters and main exponents – was revised and improved.

The cars were driven by Williams debutants 11 times race winner Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hülkenberg, reigning GP2 Series champion.

Having shone in winter testing, much was expected of the FW32. Many people thought that Williams had all the tools – team, chassis, engine and drivers – to become a genuine contender for podiums and maybe even the odd win.

But this hope failed to materialise and it would quickly become evident that Williams would spend the season fighting not for wins but for top ten finishes.

17 points finishes over the course of the 2010 Formula 1 season gave Williams 69 points and sixth in the World Constructors Championship.

The undoubted high point of the season was in Brazil, when Nico Hulkenberg scored himself an unlikely pole on a drying track.

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Williams Logo
Cosworth normally aspirated 2.4 litre V8
Tyres

Williams FW32 Specs

Designed by:Sam Michael, Ed Wood & Jon Tomlinson
Year(s) active:2010
Official entrant:AT&T Williams
Drivers:Nico Hulkenberg, Rubens Barrichello
Engine:Cosworth normally aspirated 2.4 litre V8
Tyres:Bridgestone
Fuel:BP
Brakes:Carbon Industrie carbon discs and pads & 6 piston AP calipers
Transmission:Seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with reverse gear Electro-hydraulically actuated seamless shift
Preceded by:Williams FW31
Succeeded by:Williams FW33

Williams FW32 Results

2010

BHR AUS MAL CHN ESP MON TUR CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR BRA ABU
BARRICHELLO 10 8 12 12 9 DNF 14 14 4 5 12 10 DNF 10 6 9 7 14 12
HULKENBERG 14 DNF 10 15 16 DNF 17 13 DNF 10 13 6 14 7 10 DNF 10 8 16
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