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.
Engine: Renault V10
GPs Contested: 16
Fastest Laps: 11
Constructors Championship: 1st, 175 points.
Drivers Championship: Hill, 1st; Villeneuve, 2nd
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.