Williams FW34

The Mike Coughlan designed Williams FW34 took Pastor Maldonado to his first win and Williams' first in eight years in the Spanish Grand Prix of 2012, having qualified on pole the previous day.

20

Races

1

Wins

8th

Best WCC result

2012

Debut

1

Poles

1

Fastest Laps

76

Total Points

Having undergone a technical review, Williams installed Mike Coughlan, formerly of McLaren as Technical Director & Chief Designer.

He was joined by Mike Somerville who was promoted to head of aerodynamics.

Under this new technical leadership, the FW34 took on a ‘fresh design philosophy’.

Revised FIA technical regulations banning blown exhausts, complex engine mapping and reducing the height of the nose on safety grounds, the FW34 borrowed little from its predecessor, the FW33.

The back end of the car was one thing that had evolved from the previous year’s car, having performed particularly strongly in 2011.

The front wing was significantly more complex than that of the FW33 with more elements on both the upper and lower surfaces, and was attached to a stepped nose that many of that year’s Formula 1 cars featured, due to the new height and length stipulations.

Powered by the latest Renault RS27 engine, the FW34 was driven by Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna, making his debut for Williams, evoking memories of the previous Williams/Renault/Senna partnership back in 1994 across the Formula 1 watching world.

Accumulating 76 points across the course of the season from 15 points finishes and an incredible, unprecedented win for Maldonado in Spain (the last win to date for Williams) was enough to seal eighth in the World Constructors Championship for the team.

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Renault R27 normally aspirated 2.4 litre V8
Tyres

Williams FW34 Specs

Designed by:Mike Coughlan & Jason Somerville
Year(s) active:2012
Official entrant:Williams F1 Team
Drivers:Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna
Engine:Renault R27 normally aspirated 2.4 litre V8
Tyres:Pirelli
Fuel:Total
Brakes:Carbon Industrie carbon discs and pads & 6 piston AP calipers
Transmission:Williams F1 seven speed seamless sequential semi-automatic shift plus reverse gear.
Preceded by:Williams FW33
Succeeded by:Williams FW35

Williams FW34 Results

2012

AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU USA BRA
MALDONADO 13 19 8 DNF DNF 13 12 16 15 13 DNF 11 DNF 8 14 16 5 9 DNF
SENNA 16 6 7 22 DNF 10 17 10 9 17 7 12 10 18 14 15 10 8 10 DNF
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