In today’s blog I will analyse the astounding demise of one of the greatest teams in the history of Formula One, Williams Racing. We start in the 1997 Formula 1 season where Williams with legendary designer Adrian Newey, Engine supplier Renault and Canadian driver Jacques Villeneuve managed to take home to date Williams’ last Drivers and Constructors world championships, But as Adrian Newey and Renault left Williams seriously began to struggle as for 1998 and 1999 they picked no championship, Race wins or pole positions. But once we entered the new millennium BMW came on as a engine supplier and big backer for Williams as during the years of 2000 and 2001 Williams began to show the potential future championships that could be heading there way with Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya picking up early victories for the Williams BMW project. But the biggest chance the Williams got to winning a championship was 2003 with Juan Pablo Montoya taking the fight to Michael Schumacher but sadly things just didn’t fall into place for Williams towards the end of 2003 and their 2004 effort eventually forced Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher to leave the team and forced Williams to look elsewhere for drivers and they soon ditched BMW.
Between the years of 2005-2009 Williams showed promise but in the end never executed on that promise due to either poor reliability or just not producing on that particular day even though they employed some excellent racing drivers such as Nick Heidfeld, Mark Webber and future drivers world champion Nico Rosberg. but when it comes to Williams’ alarming fall back through the field, We all saw early signs of this in both 2011 and 2013 where Williams produced absolutely horrible cars for drivers such as Pastor Maldonado, Rubens Barrichello and Valtteri Bottas to drive but at least these two seasons were split with a season where Williams with driver Pastor Maldonado won their first race for eight years at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. And during the years of 2014, 2015 and 2016 it seemed as though Williams were re surging back to the top of Formula One by being competitive with Mercedes and Ferrari but as 2017 came around Williams once again are starting to drop like a stone. If Williams continue in the direction they are going they could soon be right at the back of the field because as we have seen Williams can drop through the field like they did between 2004-2011, I really hope for Williams’ sake they can reverse this trend.