FW43

The Williams FW43 is a Formula One car constructed by Williams to compete in the 2020 Formula One World Championship. The car was driven by Nicholas Latifi and George Russell, who were in their first and second year with the team respectively. Jack Aitken, Roy Nissany, Jamie Chadwick and Dan Ticktum acted as reserve and development drivers for the team. One of these reserve drivers, Jack Aitken, made his Grand Prix debut in the FW43 at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, replacing George Russell who was called up by Mercedes for the same event after Mercedes' regular driver, Lewis Hamilton, tested positive for coronavirus and was forced to miss the event as a result. Russell returned to Williams for the season finale in Abu Dhabi after Hamilton was cleared to race for Mercedes in that event with Aitken returning to reserve driver.The car was designed by Doug McKiernan and Dave Wheater with new recruits David Worner and Jonathan Carter acting as Chief Designer and Deputy Chief Designer respectively. The car was planned to make its competitive debut at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix, but this was delayed when several races were postponed or cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FW43 made its debut at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix.

The pandemic also prompted the delay of technical regulations that had been planned for introduction in 2021. Under an agreement reached between teams and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, 2020-specification cars—including the FW43—will see their lifespan extended to compete in 2021. Williams will introduce the FW43B for use in 2021.

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Results

YearRoundCountryDriverGrid PosFinish PosResult
20201Austrian Grand PrixGeorge Russell1715Fuel pressure
20201Austrian Grand PrixNicholas Latifi2011Finished
20202Styrian Grand PrixGeorge Russell1116+2 Laps
20202Styrian Grand PrixNicholas Latifi1817+2 Laps
20203Hungarian Grand PrixGeorge Russell1218+1 Lap
20203Hungarian Grand PrixNicholas Latifi1519+5 Laps
20204British Grand PrixGeorge Russell2012Finished
20204British Grand PrixNicholas Latifi1815Finished
2020570th Anniversary Grand PrixGeorge Russell1518+1 Lap
2020570th Anniversary Grand PrixNicholas Latifi1819+1 Lap
20206Spanish Grand PrixGeorge Russell1817+1 Lap
20206Spanish Grand PrixNicholas Latifi1918+2 Laps
20207Belgian Grand PrixGeorge Russell1519Debris
20207Belgian Grand PrixNicholas Latifi1916Finished
20208Italian Grand PrixGeorge Russell1914Finished
20208Italian Grand PrixNicholas Latifi2011Finished
20209Tuscan Grand PrixGeorge Russell1811Finished
20209Tuscan Grand PrixNicholas Latifi1915Collision
202010Russian Grand PrixGeorge Russell1318+1 Lap
202010Russian Grand PrixNicholas Latifi2016+1 Lap
202011Eifel Grand PrixGeorge Russell1720Collision
202011Eifel Grand PrixNicholas Latifi1814Finished
202012Portuguese Grand PrixGeorge Russell1414+1 Lap
202012Portuguese Grand PrixNicholas Latifi2018+2 Laps
202013Emilia Romagna Grand PrixGeorge Russell1316Accident
202013Emilia Romagna Grand PrixNicholas Latifi1911Finished
202014Turkish Grand PrixGeorge Russell016+1 Lap
202014Turkish Grand PrixNicholas Latifi019Collision damage
202015Bahrain Grand PrixGeorge Russell1412+1 Lap
202015Bahrain Grand PrixNicholas Latifi2014+1 Lap
202016Sakhir Grand PrixNicholas Latifi1618Engine
202016Sakhir Grand PrixJack Aitken1716Finished
202017Abu Dhabi Grand PrixGeorge Russell1615+1 Lap
202017Abu Dhabi Grand PrixNicholas Latifi1817+1 Lap