The History of Williams

The Williams ‘Timeline’ shows significant events in the team’s history. From the formation of Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1977, to the move to new headquarters in 1996 and beyond.
All in chronological order with relevant links.

1970-1979

1980-1989

  1980 – Alan Jones takes the championship
  1981 – Six-Wheeler Tested at Silverstone
  1982 – Keke Rosberg Joins and Wins!
  1983 – Team Moves to New Factory in Didcot
  1984 – Full Season of Honda Engines
  1985 – Nigel Mansell Joins Williams
  1986 – Frank Williams in Road Accident
1977 – Williams Grand Prix Engineering formed 1987 – Nelson Piquet is Champion
1978 – Alan Jones Joins the Team 1988 – Lean year and Poor Results
1979 – The first win – at Silverstone 1989 – Renault to the Rescue
   

1990-1999

2000-2009

1990 – Adrian Newey Joins from Leyton House 2000 – Straight on the Button with BMW
1991 – The Return of Nigel Mansell 2001 – Into year two with Montoya
1992 – Finally it’s Mansell! 2002 – Montoya breaks the speed record
1993 – Mansell Out, Prost In 2003 – So close in second
1994 – Senna’s Short Stay… 2004 – The Year of the Walrus
1995 – Williams Touring Car Engineering is Born 2005 – Last year of BMW Power
1996 – F1 Team Moves to Grove 2006 – Back to Cosworth
1997 – Double Championship Success 2007 – First season with Toyota Power
1998 – A Winless Season 2008 – Rosberg’s First Podium
1999 – The Problem with Zanardi 2009 – The Wolff of Wantage
   

2010 – 2019

 

2010 – Youth and Experience  
2011 – Williams floats  
2012 – Surprise! A Win!  
2013 – A year to forget  
2014 – Back on track  
2015 – Consolidation in third
2016 – Fastest pitstops but slower races
2017 – 40th Anniversary & film release
2018 – No highs, only Lowes
2019