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1996


STATISTICS
Car: FW18
Engine: Renault V10
Drivers: Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve
GPs contested: 16
Wins: 12
Podiums: 21
Poles: 12
Fastest laps: 11
Constructors’ Championship: 1st, 175 points
Drivers’ Championship: Hill, 1st; Villeneuve, 2nd

 

Fastest Lap 11
Poles 12
Wins 12
Podiums 21
Car FW18
Engine Renault V10

 

Williams is utterly dominant. The team wins all but four races during the year and it scores more than double the number of world championship points of its closest rival, Ferrari. The drivers’ title is an exclusive battle between Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve, Damon taking the crown at the final race in Japan. As for Villeneuve, he has an impressive debut season in F1. He wins four races and might have won his first race, in Melbourne, had it not been for an oil leak. The French-Canadian stays on for ’97, but Hill moves to pastures new.

SEASON HIGHLIGHT

Any of the team’s six 1-2 finishes (Melbourne, Argentina, Canada, France, Hungary, Portugal).

DID YOU KNOW?

When the team moves into its new factory in Grove, a section of the A34 has to be closed in order to move the wind tunnel from its old factory in Didcot.