FW19

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.

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Results

YearRoundCountryDriverGrid PosFinish PosResult
19971Australian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve119Collision
19971Australian Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen28Brakes
19972Brazilian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve11Finished
19972Brazilian Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen89Finished
19973Argentine Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve11Finished
19973Argentine Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen220Clutch
19974San Marino Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve113Gearbox
19974San Marino Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen21Finished
19975Monaco Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve315Spun off
19975Monaco Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen111Spun off
19976Spanish Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve11Finished
19976Spanish Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen28Finished
19977Canadian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve219Accident
19977Canadian Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen44Finished
19978French Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve44Finished
19978French Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen22Finished
19979British Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve11Finished
19979British Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen221Collision
199710German Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve914Spun off
199710German Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen520Collision
199711Hungarian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve21Finished
199711Hungarian Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen618Fuel
199712Belgian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve15Finished
199712Belgian Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen73Finished
199713Italian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve45Finished
199713Italian Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen23Finished
199714Austrian Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve11Finished
199714Austrian Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen43Finished
199715Luxembourg Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve21Finished
199715Luxembourg Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen33Finished
199716Japanese Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve114Disqualified
199716Japanese Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen62Finished
199717European Grand PrixJacques Villeneuve13Finished
199717European Grand PrixHeinz-Harald Frentzen36Finished