Williams FW23

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Williams FW23
Ralf Schumacher 2001 Canada.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Williams
Designer(s) United Kingdom Patrick Head (Technical Director)
United Kingdom Gavin Fisher (Chief Designer)
United Kingdom Geoff Willis (Chief Aerodynamicist)
Predecessor FW22
Successor FW24
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Williams double wishbone, torsion bar, pushrod
Suspension (rear) Williams double wishbone, coil spring, pushrod
Engine BMW P80 2998 cc V10 (90°) naturally aspirated
Transmission Williams 7-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
Fuel Petrobras
Tyres Michelin
Competition history
Notable entrants BMW Williams F1 Team
Notable drivers 5. Germany Ralf Schumacher
6. Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Debut 2001 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
17 4 4 8
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Williams FW23 was the car with which the Williams team competed in the 2001 Formula One season. It was raced in competition by Ralf Schumacher, who was in his third year with the team, and Juan Pablo Montoya, a previous Formula 3000 and CART champion who was making his F1 début.

2001 was Williams' second year with engine partners BMW, and the promise shown in 2000 translated into raw speed and some good results throughout the year, including the team's first win since 1997 at Imola. The powerful engine, well-designed chassis, the Michelin tyres' tendency to work well in hot conditions, and the efforts of two quick drivers resulted in a haul of four victories and the team's re-emergence at the top of the sport, alongside Ferrari and McLaren.

However, Williams were not able to mount a title challenge for several reasons. Firstly, the BMW engines were more unreliable than their rivals, resulting in a finishing rate of less than 50%. Secondly, the chassis was not so competitive on high-downforce tracks such as Monaco and the Hungaroring. Thirdly, both drivers made several mistakes, Montoya in particular as he came to terms with F1.

However, the team still finished a clear third in the Constructors' Championship, with 80 points.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
2001 Williams BMW V10 M AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN 80 3rd
Ralf Schumacher Ret 5 Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 1 4 2 Ret 1 4 7 3 Ret 6
Juan Pablo Montoya Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 4 Ret 8 Ret 1 Ret 2

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