FW34

The Williams FW34 was a Formula One racing car designed by Williams F1 for the 2012 Formula One season. Following their worst season in their thirty-year history—in which they finished ninth in the World Constructors' Championship with just five points—the team underwent a technical review, employing former McLaren designer Mike Coughlan (having served his suspension for his role in the 2007 Formula One espionage controversy) as Chief Designer, and promoting Jason Somerville to Head of Aerodynamics. The FW34 used the Renault RS27-2012 engine; the team had previously used Renault engines between 1989 and 1997. The car, which was launched on the 7 February 2012, was driven by Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna.

At the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, Maldonado drove the FW34 to pole position and converted it to victory the next day. As well as being Maldonado's maiden Formula One win, it was also the first for Williams since the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix, which was won by Juan Pablo Montoya in the FW26, and still currently the last as of 2019.

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Results

YearRoundCountryDriverGrid PosFinish PosResult
20121Australian Grand PrixBruno Senna1416Collision
20121Australian Grand PrixPastor Maldonado813Accident
20122Malaysian Grand PrixBruno Senna136Finished
20122Malaysian Grand PrixPastor Maldonado1119Engine
20123Chinese Grand PrixBruno Senna147Finished
20123Chinese Grand PrixPastor Maldonado138Finished
20124Bahrain Grand PrixBruno Senna1522Vibrations
20124Bahrain Grand PrixPastor Maldonado2123Puncture
20125Spanish Grand PrixBruno Senna1723Collision
20125Spanish Grand PrixPastor Maldonado11Finished
20126Monaco Grand PrixBruno Senna1310Finished
20126Monaco Grand PrixPastor Maldonado2423Accident
20127Canadian Grand PrixBruno Senna1617+1 Lap
20127Canadian Grand PrixPastor Maldonado2213Finished
20128European Grand PrixBruno Senna1410Finished
20128European Grand PrixPastor Maldonado312Finished
20129British Grand PrixBruno Senna139Finished
20129British Grand PrixPastor Maldonado716+1 Lap
201210German Grand PrixBruno Senna1417+1 Lap
201210German Grand PrixPastor Maldonado515+1 Lap
201211Hungarian Grand PrixBruno Senna97Finished
201211Hungarian Grand PrixPastor Maldonado813Finished
201212Belgian Grand PrixBruno Senna1712Finished
201212Belgian Grand PrixPastor Maldonado620Collision
201213Italian Grand PrixBruno Senna1310Finished
201213Italian Grand PrixPastor Maldonado2211Finished
201214Singapore Grand PrixBruno Senna2218Retired
201214Singapore Grand PrixPastor Maldonado222Hydraulics
201215Japanese Grand PrixBruno Senna1614Finished
201215Japanese Grand PrixPastor Maldonado128Finished
201216Korean Grand PrixBruno Senna1715Finished
201216Korean Grand PrixPastor Maldonado1514Finished
201217Indian Grand PrixBruno Senna1310Finished
201217Indian Grand PrixPastor Maldonado916+1 Lap
201218Abu Dhabi Grand PrixBruno Senna148Finished
201218Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPastor Maldonado35Finished
201219United States Grand PrixBruno Senna1010Finished
201219United States Grand PrixPastor Maldonado99Finished
201220Brazilian Grand PrixBruno Senna1123Collision
201220Brazilian Grand PrixPastor Maldonado1622Collision