FW16

The Williams FW16 is a Formula One car designed by Adrian Newey for the British Williams team. The FW16 competed in the 1994 Formula One season, with Williams winning the Constructor's Championship, and British driver Damon Hill finishing runner-up in the Drivers' Championship. It was also the car in which 3 time world champion Ayrton Senna was killed during the third race of the 1994 season, the San Marino Grand Prix. Its engine was a Renault RS6 3.5 V10. The team's main sponsor was Rothmans, replacing Camel Cigarettes and Canon used on the FW14 and FW15C. The car was designed around the major regulation changes that the FIA had introduced in the off-season, banning the various electronic devices that had been used by the front running cars during the preceding two seasons.

The FW16 was a passive evolution of the FW15C that had preceded it. It featured revised bodywork, including a low profile engine cover; taller sidepods; enclosed driveshaft; and an anhedral rear wing lower element, which was previously hinted at on the FW15C. In addition to these changes, the FW16 featured an innovative rear suspension wishbone design, an improved version of the Renault Sport Formula One engine (RS6), and a fuel valve to enable the ability for mid-race refuelling (a rule reintroduced for 1994).

As with the previous season, the number 0 car was driven by Damon Hill for the entire year, as reigning champion Alain Prost had taken his number 1 with him when he left the sport. The number 2 car was driven by Ayrton Senna, David Coulthard, and Nigel Mansell. Although it was fast, the car proved to be a tricky proposition in early testing and in the early part of the season. The car had a number of problems that were not properly remedied: a design flaw was discovered in the car's frontal section and there were attempts to correct this in time for the ill-fated third race, at the San Marino Grand Prix.

Various other alterations were made by Newey and Patrick Head to alleviate the car's handling problems, such as the addition of bargeboards at the Spanish Grand Prix; the FIA-mandated modifications to the airbox at the Canadian Grand Prix; and shorter sidepods at the German Grand Prix. This heavily revised B-spec car was labelled the FW16B from the German race onwards. It was developed by Hill, but the Benetton B194 and Michael Schumacher were dominant in the first half of the season. Rookie test driver David Coulthard shared the second car with former champion Nigel Mansell (who also had IndyCar commitments).

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Results

YearRoundCountryDriverGrid PosFinish PosResult
19941Brazilian Grand PrixDamon Hill42+1 Lap
19941Brazilian Grand PrixAyrton Senna113Spun off
19942Pacific Grand PrixDamon Hill318Transmission
19942Pacific Grand PrixAyrton Senna124Collision
19943San Marino Grand PrixDamon Hill46+1 Lap
19943San Marino Grand PrixAyrton Senna122Accident
19944Monaco Grand PrixDamon Hill422Collision
19945Spanish Grand PrixDavid Coulthard917Electrical
19945Spanish Grand PrixDamon Hill21Finished
19946Canadian Grand PrixDavid Coulthard55+1 Lap
19946Canadian Grand PrixDamon Hill42Finished
19947French Grand PrixDamon Hill12Finished
19947French Grand PrixNigel Mansell214Gearbox
19948British Grand PrixDavid Coulthard75+1 Lap
19948British Grand PrixDamon Hill11Finished
19949German Grand PrixDavid Coulthard613Electrical
19949German Grand PrixDamon Hill38+1 Lap
199410Hungarian Grand PrixDavid Coulthard315Spun off
199410Hungarian Grand PrixDamon Hill22Finished
199411Belgian Grand PrixDavid Coulthard74Finished
199411Belgian Grand PrixDamon Hill31Finished
199412Italian Grand PrixDavid Coulthard56Out of fuel
199412Italian Grand PrixDamon Hill31Finished
199413Portuguese Grand PrixDavid Coulthard32Finished
199413Portuguese Grand PrixDamon Hill21Finished
199414European Grand PrixDamon Hill22Finished
199414European Grand PrixNigel Mansell320Spun off
199415Japanese Grand PrixDamon Hill21Finished
199415Japanese Grand PrixNigel Mansell44Finished
199416Australian Grand PrixDamon Hill319Collision
199416Australian Grand PrixNigel Mansell11Finished