After the low of 2011, the FW34 is a much more competitive proposition thanks to the efforts of Williams’ new technical team. The car has a good balance and the driveability of Renault’s V8 immediately goes down well with drivers Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna. The true pace of the car is demonstrated by Maldonado at the Spanish Grand Prix, which he wins from pole position. The team finishes eighth in the constructors’ championship after missing out on several big points’ hauls due to accidents and incidents, but the raw pace of the car gives everyone confidence for 2013. There are further changes inside the team when Adam Parr stands down as chairman, leaving Frank Williams – who turned 70 in April – to take up the reins of his eponymous team once again.
Engine: Renault V8
GPs Contested: 20
Fastest Laps: 0
Constructors Championship: 8th, 76 points.
Drivers Championship: Maldonado, 15th; Senna, 16th
Maldonado’s win at Barcelona. He’s under great pressure from Fernando Alonso towards the end of the race, but he doesn't put a wheel wrong and gives the team its first win since 2004.
DID YOU KNOW?
Williams has won 64 races with Renault power – more than with any other engine manufacturer.