Williams FW36

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Williams FW36
Felipe Massa 2014 China Race.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Williams
Designer(s) Pat Symonds (Chief Technical Officer)
Predecessor Williams FW35
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Monocoque construction laminated from carbon epoxy and honeycomb
Suspension (front) Double wishbone, push-rod activated springs and anti-roll bar
Suspension (rear) Double wishbone, pull-rod activated springs and anti-roll bar
Engine Mercedes PU106A Hybrid[2] 1.6 L (98 cu in) V6, turbo
Transmission Williams F1 Seamless sequential shift semi-automatic gearbox with eight forward and one reverse gear, with gear selection electro-hydraulically actuated
Weight 690 kg (1,521.2 lb) (with driver)
Fuel Petronas[3]
Tyres Pirelli P Zero (dry), Cinturato (wet)
Competition history
Notable entrants Williams Martini Racing[4]
Notable drivers 19. Brazil Felipe Massa[5]
77. Finland Valtteri Bottas[5]
Debut 2014 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
11 0 1 1

The Williams FW36 is a Formula One racing car designed by Williams to compete in the 2014 Formula One season.[6] It will be driven by Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, who replaced the departing Pastor Maldonado.[5] The FW36 is the first car built by Williams to use a Mercedes engine,[7] a 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engine, known as the PU106A Hybrid.[2]

A computer-generated rendering of the car was released on 23 January, showing an extended nosecone dubbed the "anteater".[8]

The team will compete under the name "Williams Martini Racing" after securing title sponsorship from the Martini & Rossi distillery, making the FW36 the first Formula One car to compete in Martini Racing colours since 1979.[4]

The FW36 is the first turbo powered Formula One car designed and raced by Williams since the Honda powered FW11B which carried Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell to first and second places respectively in the 1987 World Championship.

Competition history[edit]

The car immediately proved to be more competitive than its predecessor, consistently setting the quickest times in preseason testing. It was particularly fast in a straight line, thanks in part to the Mercedes power unit and in part to its low-drag design. At the first race in Australia, the car proved to be unstable in mixed conditions, but both drivers made it into Q3. In the race, Massa was taken out at the first turn but Bottas finished sixth (later promoted to fifth) despite a grid penalty and clipping the wall and cutting a tyre ten laps in.

Following a string of bad luck (particularly affecting Massa), the cars became more competitive after Canada, and especially in Austria, where they took a surprise 1-2 in qualifying with Massa on pole. This upturn in performance continued with Bottas finishing third in Austria and second in Great Britain and Germany. After 10 races, the team had scored 121 constructors' points, compared to 5 across all of the previous year's races.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers Grands Prix Points WCC
2014 Williams Martini Racing Mercedes PU106A Hybrid P
Felipe Massa Ret 7 7 15 13 7 12 4 Ret Ret 5 135* 4th*
Valtteri Bottas 5 8 8 7 5 Ret 7 3 2 2 8

Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed greater than 90% of the race distance.
* Season in progress.

  Teams and drivers scored double points at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix


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  2. ^ a b "Mercedes names 2014 F1 V6 Engine ‘PU106A Hybrid’". This Is F1. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Petrobras to develop Williams F1 fuel for 2015". F1technical.net. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Williams Formula 1 team unveils its Martini livery". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "The Williams F1 Team announces its 2014 driver line-up". WilliamsF1.com (Williams F1 Team). 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "@WilliamsF1Team". Twitter. Twitter, Inc. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Williams F1 Team and Mercedes-Benz announce long-term engine partnership". WilliamsF1.com (Williams F1 Team). 30 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Collantine, Keith (23 January 2014). "First image of Williams FW36 reveals ‘anteater’ nose". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). Retrieved 24 January 2014.