Engine: BMW V10
Drivers: Ralf Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya
GPs contested: 17
Fastest laps: 3
Constructors’ Championship: 2nd, 92 points
Drivers’ Championship: Montoya, 3rd; Schumacher, 4th
A solid season for Williams. The team scores 12 more points than in2001 and it finishes second in the constructors’ championship as a consequence. Unfortunately, there’s little it can do about champions Ferrari, who are in a league of their own in 2002. The team finishes 1-2 in the Malaysian Grand Prix (its first 1-2 finish since 1996), but the result proves to be a false dawn because this is its only victory of the year. Juan Pablo Montoya is spectacular in qualifying, taking seven pole positions, but he’s unable to halt the juggernaut that is Michael Schuacher in the races. The German wins 11 of the 17 races and storms to his fifth world title.
During qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Montoya records the fastest ever lap by a Formula One car when he averages 161.449mph en route to pole position. His new mark beats Keke Rosberg’s previous best of 160.938mph, set at Silverstone in 1985 in the FW10.SEASON HIGHLIGHT
The 1-2 finish in Malaysia, where Ralf finishes 39s ahead of Juan Pablo.DID YOU KNOW?
Despite being vehemently denied by team boss Frank Williams, there were rumours throughout the year that BMW is about to buy the team.