Williams FW21

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Williams FW21
Alex Zanardi 1999 Canada.jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorWilliams
Designer(s)Patrick Head (Technical Director)
Gavin Fisher (Chief Designer)
Geoff Willis (Chief Aerodynamicist)
PredecessorWilliams FW20
SuccessorWilliams FW22
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)Williams double wishbone, pushrod
Suspension (rear)Williams double wishbone, pushrod
EngineSupertec (Renault) FB01 V10 (71°) naturally aspirated
TransmissionWilliams 6-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
FuelPetrobras
LubricantsCastrol
TyresBridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrantsWinfield Williams
Notable drivers5. Italy Alex Zanardi
6. Germany Ralf Schumacher
Debut1999 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
16001
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Williams FW21 was the car the Williams Formula One team used to compete in the 1999 Formula One season. It was driven by Ralf Schumacher, who had swapped from Jordan with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, and Alex Zanardi who had last raced in Formula One in 1994, but had since won the CART championship twice.

Although Schumacher had a successful season and was a consistent front-runner, Zanardi struggled all season with the handling characteristics of the grooved-tyre F1 car and failed to score a point. He was dropped at the end of the year in favour of Formula Three driver Jenson Button. This was also the team's last season using a Renault engine (badged as a customer Supertec) until one was fitted in the race winning FW34 in 2012; with a new works deal with BMW being activated for the 2000 season.[1] [2]

Ralf Schumacher driving the FW21 at the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position, results in italic indicate fastest laps)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1999 Williams Supertec FB01 V10 B AUS BRA SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR AUT GER HUN BEL ITA EUR MAL JPN 35 5th
Alex Zanardi Ret Ret 11 8 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret 8 7 Ret 10 Ret
Ralf Schumacher 3 4 Ret Ret 5 4 4 3 Ret 4 9 5 2 4 Ret 5

References[edit]

  • AUTOCOURSE 1999-2000, Henry, Alan (ed.), Hazleton Publishing Ltd. (1999) ISBN 1-874557-34-9
Specific
  1. ^ Beer, Matt. "Williams to run Renault engines again from 2012". autosport.com. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  2. ^ Weaver, Paul (13 May 2012). "Pastor Maldonado ends Williams' drought with Spanish Grand Prix win". Retrieved 14 August 2017 – via The Guardian.

External links[edit]

Media related to Williams FW21 at Wikimedia Commons