FW17

The Williams FW17 was a Formula One car designed by Adrian Newey with which the Williams team competed in the 1995 Formula One World Championship. 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.

During an interview with Top Gear in 2012, Coulthard spoke positively about the FW17, saying that it was his favourite out of the cars he had driven in his career.

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Results

YearRoundCountryDriverGrid PosFinish PosResult
19951Brazilian Grand PrixDavid Coulthard32Finished
19951Brazilian Grand PrixDamon Hill116Gearbox
19952Argentine Grand PrixDavid Coulthard119Electrical
19952Argentine Grand PrixDamon Hill21Finished
19953San Marino Grand PrixDavid Coulthard34Finished
19953San Marino Grand PrixDamon Hill41Finished
19954Spanish Grand PrixDavid Coulthard417Gearbox
19954Spanish Grand PrixDamon Hill54Finished
19955Monaco Grand PrixDavid Coulthard322Gearbox
19955Monaco Grand PrixDamon Hill12Finished
19956Canadian Grand PrixDavid Coulthard322Spun off
19956Canadian Grand PrixDamon Hill214Gearbox
19957French Grand PrixDavid Coulthard33Finished
19957French Grand PrixDamon Hill12Finished
19958British Grand PrixDavid Coulthard33Finished
19958British Grand PrixDamon Hill115Collision
19959German Grand PrixDavid Coulthard32Finished
19959German Grand PrixDamon Hill122Spun off
199510Hungarian Grand PrixDavid Coulthard22Finished
199510Hungarian Grand PrixDamon Hill11Finished
199511Belgian Grand PrixDavid Coulthard522Gearbox
199511Belgian Grand PrixDamon Hill82Finished
199512Italian Grand PrixDavid Coulthard119Spun off
199512Italian Grand PrixDamon Hill417Collision
199513Portuguese Grand PrixDavid Coulthard11Finished
199513Portuguese Grand PrixDamon Hill23Finished
199514European Grand PrixDavid Coulthard13Finished
199514European Grand PrixDamon Hill216Spun off
199515Pacific Grand PrixDavid Coulthard12Finished
199515Pacific Grand PrixDamon Hill23Finished
199516Japanese Grand PrixDavid Coulthard614Spun off
199516Japanese Grand PrixDamon Hill413Spun off
199517Australian Grand PrixDavid Coulthard219Accident
199517Australian Grand PrixDamon Hill11Finished