The Williams FW17 was a Formula One car designed by Adrian Newey with which the Williams team competed in the 1995 Formula One season. It was driven by Damon Hill, who was in his third year with the team, and David Coulthard, who was in his first full season after a part-time role in 1994.
With what was regarded as the best chassis and aerodynamics in the field combined with the best engine, the 1995 season was disappointing for the team, who were beaten to both titles by Michael Schumacher and Benetton. Although the FW17 was superior in qualifying trim, taking 12 pole positions, Schumacher was usually more competitive on race day. The Benetton team arguably made better strategy decisions during races and Schumacher was able to win nine races against Hill and Coulthard's combined total of five. This situation was not helped by both drivers making several unfortunate errors during the course of the season.
For the Portuguese GP, the Williams FW17B was used for the first time. In its five races, it took four pole positions and two victories, but the titles were already just about out of reach due to the success of Schumacher and his Benetton B195.
The team eventually finished second in the Constructors' Championship, with 112 points.
The FW17 is notable for being the first Williams car to race with a raised nose.
Coulthard later spoke positively about the FW17 during an interview with Top Gear in 2012. He said it was his favorite car that he had driven in his career.
|Year||Round||Country||Driver||Grid Pos||Finish Pos||Result|
|1995||1||Brazilian Grand Prix||David Coulthard||3||2||Finished|
|1995||1||Brazilian Grand Prix||Damon Hill||1||16||Gearbox|
|1995||2||Argentine Grand Prix||David Coulthard||1||19||Electrical|
|1995||2||Argentine Grand Prix||Damon Hill||2||1||Finished|
|1995||3||San Marino Grand Prix||David Coulthard||3||4||Finished|
|1995||3||San Marino Grand Prix||Damon Hill||4||1||Finished|
|1995||4||Spanish Grand Prix||David Coulthard||4||17||Gearbox|
|1995||4||Spanish Grand Prix||Damon Hill||5||4||Finished|
|1995||5||Monaco Grand Prix||David Coulthard||3||22||Gearbox|
|1995||5||Monaco Grand Prix||Damon Hill||1||2||Finished|
|1995||6||Canadian Grand Prix||David Coulthard||3||22||Spun off|
|1995||6||Canadian Grand Prix||Damon Hill||2||14||Gearbox|
|1995||7||French Grand Prix||David Coulthard||3||3||Finished|
|1995||7||French Grand Prix||Damon Hill||1||2||Finished|
|1995||8||British Grand Prix||David Coulthard||3||3||Finished|
|1995||8||British Grand Prix||Damon Hill||1||15||Collision|
|1995||9||German Grand Prix||David Coulthard||3||2||Finished|
|1995||9||German Grand Prix||Damon Hill||1||22||Spun off|
|1995||10||Hungarian Grand Prix||David Coulthard||2||2||Finished|
|1995||10||Hungarian Grand Prix||Damon Hill||1||1||Finished|
|1995||11||Belgian Grand Prix||David Coulthard||5||22||Gearbox|
|1995||11||Belgian Grand Prix||Damon Hill||8||2||Finished|
|1995||12||Italian Grand Prix||David Coulthard||1||19||Spun off|
|1995||12||Italian Grand Prix||Damon Hill||4||17||Collision|
|1995||13||Portuguese Grand Prix||David Coulthard||1||1||Finished|
|1995||13||Portuguese Grand Prix||Damon Hill||2||3||Finished|
|1995||14||European Grand Prix||David Coulthard||1||3||Finished|
|1995||14||European Grand Prix||Damon Hill||2||16||Spun off|
|1995||15||Pacific Grand Prix||David Coulthard||1||2||Finished|
|1995||15||Pacific Grand Prix||Damon Hill||2||3||Finished|
|1995||16||Japanese Grand Prix||David Coulthard||6||14||Spun off|
|1995||16||Japanese Grand Prix||Damon Hill||4||13||Spun off|
|1995||17||Australian Grand Prix||David Coulthard||2||19||Accident|
|1995||17||Australian Grand Prix||Damon Hill||1||1||Finished|