The Williams FW19 was the car with which the Williams team competed in the 1997 Formula One World Championship. It was driven by Jacques Villeneuve, in his second year with the team, and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who moved from Sauber to replace the dropped 1996 champion, Damon Hill. Williams also employed test drivers Jean-Christophe Boullion and Juan Pablo Montoya.
The car was a logical development of the extremely successful FW18, which had comfortably won both titles in 1996. It was also the last Williams chassis to receive input from designer Adrian Newey, who left the team to join McLaren during the season, and the last to run a works Renault engine before the French marque's temporary withdrawal. It also benefited from design input from Patrick Head. However, 1997 was more difficult for Williams, as they faced a tough, season-long challenge from Michael Schumacher and Ferrari. After a controversial collision between Villeneuve and Schumacher in the season finale at Jerez, the Canadian took the Drivers' Championship, with the team claiming the Constructors' Championship at the previous race in Japan. Frentzen, by contrast, had a disappointing year, winning only one race to Villeneuve's seven. However, he did finish second in the Drivers' Championship due to Schumacher's exclusion from the standings.
The team eventually scored 123 points to win the Constructors' Championship.
The car, as previously mentioned, was the last Williams to use the highly successful naturally aspirated Renault RS9 V10 engine along with the in-house Williams gearbox. The car used Elf fuel, Castrol oil, Penske shock absorbers and AP Racing carbon disc brakes.
To this date, the FW19 remains the last Williams car to win either championship.
|Year||Round||Country||Driver||Grid Pos||Finish Pos||Result|
|1997||1||Australian Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||1||19||Collision|
|1997||1||Australian Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||2||8||Brakes|
|1997||2||Brazilian Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||1||1||Finished|
|1997||2||Brazilian Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||8||9||Finished|
|1997||3||Argentine Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||1||1||Finished|
|1997||3||Argentine Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||2||20||Clutch|
|1997||4||San Marino Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||1||13||Gearbox|
|1997||4||San Marino Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||2||1||Finished|
|1997||5||Monaco Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||3||15||Spun off|
|1997||5||Monaco Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||1||11||Spun off|
|1997||6||Spanish Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||1||1||Finished|
|1997||6||Spanish Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||2||8||Finished|
|1997||7||Canadian Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||2||19||Accident|
|1997||7||Canadian Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||4||4||Finished|
|1997||8||French Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||4||4||Finished|
|1997||8||French Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||2||2||Finished|
|1997||9||British Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||1||1||Finished|
|1997||9||British Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||2||21||Collision|
|1997||10||German Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||9||14||Spun off|
|1997||10||German Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||5||20||Collision|
|1997||11||Hungarian Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||2||1||Finished|
|1997||11||Hungarian Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||6||18||Fuel|
|1997||12||Belgian Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||1||5||Finished|
|1997||12||Belgian Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||7||3||Finished|
|1997||13||Italian Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||4||5||Finished|
|1997||13||Italian Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||2||3||Finished|
|1997||14||Austrian Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||1||1||Finished|
|1997||14||Austrian Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||4||3||Finished|
|1997||15||Luxembourg Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||2||1||Finished|
|1997||15||Luxembourg Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||3||3||Finished|
|1997||16||Japanese Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||1||14||Disqualified|
|1997||16||Japanese Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||6||2||Finished|
|1997||17||European Grand Prix||Jacques Villeneuve||1||3||Finished|
|1997||17||European Grand Prix||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||3||6||Finished|