The History of Williams – 1997

Rothmans Williams Renault – 123(1)
199781(1)3Jacques VilleneuveFW19RS9
 42(2)4Heinz-Harald Frentzen

Double success for Williams as they take the constructors and drivers championships in both Formula One and British Touring Cars.

Williams, along with McLaren and Tyrrell agree to sign the concorde agreement.

At Imola Heinz-Harald Frentzen wins his first grand prix explaining that it “is like oil on my soul”.

During the summer Jacques Villeneuve gets in trouble with the FIA for describing the new rules as ‘shit’.

At Monza BMW confirms that it is returning to F1 with Williams from 2000 onwards. It was also announced that BMW and Williams were to collaborate on a Le Mans project.

Michael Schumacher blots his copy book at the European Grand Prix as he tries to punt Jacques Villeneuve out of the race – Villeneuve continues and wins the championship.

At the beginning of the year rumours surface about a joint Le Mans venture between Williams and BMW which are denied. However, come September, there is a formal announcement made that BMW will be entering the 1988 Le Mans with a car designed by Williams.

Williams Renault Dealer Racing – 422(1)
1997281(1)2Alain MenuLagunaRenault
 170(3)4Jason Plato


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

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