The Williams FW18 was a car built by Williams for the 1996 Formula One season. The car was designed by Patrick Head and Adrian Newey, and was driven by Damon Hill and rookie Jacques Villeneuve. During the season, it won 12 races out of 16, with the exception of Monaco, Spain, Belgium and Italy.

The FW18 is featured in various video games such as ToCA Race Driver 3, Formula One Championship Edition, F1 2013 and F1 2017.[1]

Season review[edit | edit source]

Designed and built by Head and Newey for 1996, the FW18 was the most dominant car of the season. Williams started their season off with an 1-2 finish at the Australian Grand Prix, in which Hill won the race with Villeneuve in 2nd, the best finishing position for a rookie's début race until Kevin Magnussen finished 2nd in the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.

Hill continued to win two further races at Brazil and Argentina until Villeneuve took his first Formula One victory at Europe.

Hill was leading at the Monaco Grand Prix, but on the 40th lap, his engine blew up, ending his race. Villeneuve retired on the 66th lap after colliding with Forti's Luca Badoer.

Both cars failed to finish in the points at Italy, with Hill retiring on the 5th lap after spinning off, and Villeneuve finishing outside of the points in 7th, behind Pedro Diniz of Ligier.

The title would be decided at the season-ending Japanese Grand Prix. Hill was leading with 87 points, and Villeneuve was behind him with 78 points. However, Villeneuve retired from the race on lap 36 due to a loose wheel, and Hill eventually won the race and became the Drivers' Champion of 1996.

At the end of the season, Hill was dropped by Williams in favour of Heinz-Harald Frentzen for the next season.

Race Victories[edit | edit source]

Year Event Driver Notes
1996 Australian Grand Prix Damon Hill
Brazilian Grand Prix Pole position, fastest lap and win
Argentine Grand Prix
European Grand Prix Jacques Villeneuve First win for Villeneuve
San Marino Grand Prix Damon Hill
Canadian Grand Prix
French Grand Prix
British Grand Prix Jacques Villeneuve
German Grand Prix Damon Hill
Hungarian Grand Prix Jacques Villeneuve
Portuguese Grand Prix
Japanese Grand Prix Damon Hill

Complete Formula One Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year Driver Tyre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts Pos
1996 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Japan.svg 175 1st
United Kingdom Hill G 1st 1st 1st 4th 1st Ret Ret 1st 1st Ret 1st 2nd 5th Ret 2nd 1st
Canada Villeneuve 2nd Ret 2nd 1st 11th Ret 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 7th 1st Ret

Notes[edit | edit source]

V T E Williams Logo blue.jpg Williams F1
Drivers
6. Canada Nicholas Latifi · 63. United Kingdom George Russell
Personnel
Frank Williams · Patrick Head · Pat Symonds · Mike Coughlan
World Champions
Australia Alan Jones (1980) · Finland Keke Rosberg (1982) · Brazil Nelson Piquet (1987) · United Kingdom Nigel Mansell (1992) ·
France Alain Prost (1993) · United Kingdom Damon Hill (1996) · Canada Jacques Villeneuve (1997)
Cars
March 761 · FW06 · FW07 · FW07B · FW07C · FW07D · FW08 · FW08C · FW09 · FW09B · FW10 · FW10B · FW11 · FW11B · FW12 · FW12C · FW13 · FW13B · FW14 · FW14B · FW15C · FW16 · FW16B · FW17 · FW17B · FW18 · FW19 · FW20 · FW21 · FW22 · FW23 · FW24 · FW25 · FW26 · FW27 · FW28 · FW29 · FW30 · FW31 · FW32 · FW33 · FW34 · FW35 · FW36 · FW37 · FW38 · FW40 · FW41
V T E 1996 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Benetton • Williams • McLaren • Ligier • Jordan • Sauber • Footwork • Tyrrell • Minardi • Forti
Engines Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Mercedes • Mugen-Honda • Peugeot • Renault • Yamaha
Drivers M. Schumacher • 2 Irvine • 3 Alesi • 4 Berger • 5 Hill • 6 Villeneuve • 7 Häkkinen • 8 Coulthard • 9 Panis • 10 Diniz • 11 Barrichello • 12 Brundle • 14 Herbert • 15 Frentzen • 16 Rosset • 17 Verstappen • 18 Katayama • 19 Salo • 20 Lamy • 21 Fisichella • 21 Marques • 21 Lavaggi • 22 Badoer • 23 Montermini
Other Drivers Magnussen • Mansell • McNish • Prost • R. Schumacher • Tuero
Cars Ferrari F310 • Benetton B196 • Williams FW18 • McLaren MP4/11 • Ligier JS43 • Jordan 196 • Sauber C15 • Footwork FA17 • Tyrrell 024 • Minardi 195B • Forti FG01B • Forti FG03
Tyres Goodyear
Races Australia • Brazil • Argentina • Europe • San Marino • Monaco • Spain • Canada • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Portugal • Japan
See also 1995 Formula One Season • 1997 Formula One Season • Category
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