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Williams FW21

Williams FW21
Category Formula One
Constructor Williams
Designer(s) Patrick Head (Technical Director)
Gavin Fisher (Chief Designer)
Geoff Willis (Chief Aerodynamicist)
Predecessor FW20
Successor FW22
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Williams double wishbone, pushrod
Suspension (rear) Williams double wishbone, pushrod
Engine Supertec (Renault) FB01 V10 (71°) naturally aspirated
Transmission Williams 6-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
Fuel Petrobras
Tyres Bridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrants Winfield Williams
Notable drivers 5. Alex Zanardi
6. Ralf Schumacher
Debut 1999 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
16 0 0 1
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

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) before a new works deal with BMW was activated for 2000.

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

Complete Formula One results

() (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
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


  • AUTOCOURSE 1999-2000, Henry, Alan (ed.), Hazleton Publishing Ltd. (1999) ISBN 1-874557-34-9

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