FW18

The Williams-Renault FW18 is a Formula One car designed by Patrick Head and Adrian Newey for the Williams F1 team for the 1996 Formula One season. Powered by a 3.0 litre Renault V10 engine, the FW18 drew heavily on the 1995 Williams car, the FW17, but featured new driver protection as regulated by the FIA for the new season. The drivers sat lower in the cockpit, which lowered the car's centre of gravity, thus aiding the handling of the car. Newey's aerodynamics placed the car well ahead of the Benetton B196s of Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi and the Ferrari F310s that Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine had at their disposal.

The FW18s were driven by Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve. The car proved to be the most successful of the entire 1996 field; winning 12 of the 16 races during the season, with Hill winning 8 and Villeneuve winning 4. The FW18 was also the car in which Damon Hill won the Drivers' Championship title, making him the first son of a World Champion to become a Champion himself. The FW18 was also the second of three cars during the 1990s to enjoy a 1–2 finish on its Grand Prix debut, the first being the Williams FW14B at the 1992 South African Grand Prix and the third being the McLaren MP4/13 at the 1998 Australian Grand Prix. The FW18 scored 175 points in its time and was one of the most successful Formula One cars of the 1990s.

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Results

YearRoundCountryDriverGrid PosFinish PosResult
19961Australian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve12Finished
19961Australian Grand PrixDamon Hill21Finished
19962Brazilian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve317Spun off
19962Brazilian Grand PrixDamon Hill11Finished
19963Argentine Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve32Finished
19963Argentine Grand PrixDamon Hill11Finished
19964European Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve21Finished
19964European Grand PrixDamon Hill14Finished
19965San Marino Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve311Suspension
19965San Marino Grand PrixDamon Hill21Finished
19966Monaco Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve108Collision
19966Monaco Grand PrixDamon Hill211Engine
19967Spanish Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve23Finished
19967Spanish Grand PrixDamon Hill113Spun off
19968Canadian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve22Finished
19968Canadian Grand PrixDamon Hill11Finished
19969French Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve62Finished
19969French Grand PrixDamon Hill21Finished
199610British Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve21Finished
199610British Grand PrixDamon Hill115Wheel
199611German Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve63Finished
199611German Grand PrixDamon Hill11Finished
199612Hungarian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve31Finished
199612Hungarian Grand PrixDamon Hill22Finished
199613Belgian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve12Finished
199613Belgian Grand PrixDamon Hill25Finished
199614Italian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve27+1 Lap
199614Italian Grand PrixDamon Hill116Spun off
199615Portuguese Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve21Finished
199615Portuguese Grand PrixDamon Hill12Finished
199616Japanese Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve116Wheel
199616Japanese Grand PrixDamon Hill21Finished