FW25

The Williams FW25 is a Formula One car designed by Williams and powered by a BMW V10 engine. The car was used by Williams for the 2003 championship. Three drivers would drive the FW25 in the 2003 season, with Marc Gené replacing regular racer Ralf Schumacher for the Italian Grand Prix after the German suffered a large testing accident testing at Monza's Lesmo 1 corner prior to that race. The other regular driver Juan Pablo Montoya started all of the season's Grand Prix.

The design of the 2003 Williams FW25 was a marked evolution over its predecessor, the Williams FW24, something that Williams had not done between 2001 and 2002. New to the 2003 design team was ex-Ferrari aerodynamicist, Antonia Terzi, who worked with existing designer Gavin Fisher after the departure of ex-chief aerodynamicist, Geoff Willis.

Although the car could have easily won its first Grand Prix during the Australian Grand Prix but for a costly spin by Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya, the car did not establish itself amongst the frontrunners on the grid until the Austrian Grand Prix where Montoya led before retiring with engine failure. Until that race, both drivers complained about understeer due to flaws in the car's design.

A new, wider front tyre introduced by Michelin at the Monaco Grand Prix unlocked the potential of the FW25, which would win that race, score a double-podium at the Canadian Grand Prix, then go on to score dominant 1-2 victories at the European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, and the next race, the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours.

A change to the front tyre width caused by a protest lodged by Michelin's rivals Bridgestone, through the Ferrari team after the Hungarian Grand Prix caused controversy through the paddock, with Williams tipped to lose their competitive edge after that race due to a slimmer tyre design being raced at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza being seemingly at odds with the wider tyre that Williams brought with great effect to the Monaco Grand Prix. Despite Montoya's second place at Monza, being able to stay with eventual World Champion Michael Schumacher's Ferrari throughout the whole race, the FW25 would not win a race in the final three races of the season, the Italian GP, United States GP and Japanese GP took place after the tyre redesign. In fact, after Montoya's second place at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the FW25 would not earn another podium in the 2003 season, although Montoya led the final race at Suzuka before retiring with a hydraulics problem.

On 18 June 2018, it was announced by Codemasters that this car would appear as a classic car in F1 2018.

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Results

YearRoundCountryDriverGrid PosFinish PosResult
20031Australian Grand PrixRalf Schumacher98Finished
20031Australian Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya32Finished
20032Malaysian Grand PrixRalf Schumacher174Finished
20032Malaysian Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya812+3 Laps
20033Brazilian Grand PrixRalf Schumacher67Finished
20033Brazilian Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya915Accident
20034San Marino Grand PrixRalf Schumacher24Finished
20034San Marino Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya47Finished
20035Spanish Grand PrixRalf Schumacher75+1 Lap
20035Spanish Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya94Finished
20036Austrian Grand PrixRalf Schumacher106+1 Lap
20036Austrian Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya317Engine
20037Monaco Grand PrixRalf Schumacher14Finished
20037Monaco Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya31Finished
20038Canadian Grand PrixRalf Schumacher12Finished
20038Canadian Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya23Finished
20039European Grand PrixRalf Schumacher31Finished
20039European Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya42Finished
200310French Grand PrixRalf Schumacher11Finished
200310French Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya22Finished
200311British Grand PrixRalf Schumacher49Finished
200311British Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya72Finished
200312German Grand PrixRalf Schumacher216Accident
200312German Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya11Finished
200313Hungarian Grand PrixRalf Schumacher24Finished
200313Hungarian Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya43Finished
200314Italian Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya22Finished
200314Italian Grand PrixMarc Gené55Finished
200315United States Grand PrixRalf Schumacher519Accident
200315United States Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya46+1 Lap
200316Japanese Grand PrixRalf Schumacher1912+1 Lap
200316Japanese Grand PrixJuan Pablo Montoya220Hydraulics