The Williams F1 archive category traces the history of the British Formula One team and constructor, Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited, currently known as Williams Racing. Founded in 1977 by Frank Williams and Patrick Head, the team initially ran a March chassis before manufacturing their own cars the following year.
Williams won their first race with Clay Regazzoni at the 1979 British Grand Prix and went on to win nine Constructors’ Championships between 1980 and 1997, one of only five teams to achieve this feat. Notable drivers who have raced for Williams include Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell, and Jacques Villeneuve, seven of whom won the Drivers’ title with the team.
Williams has also worked with various engine manufacturers, most notably Renault, with whom they won five of their championships. Beyond Formula One, Williams has established Williams Advanced Engineering and Williams Hybrid Power to adapt Formula One technology for commercial applications.
In 2020, Williams announced their decision to seek buyers for a portion of the team due to poor financial performance and were subsequently acquired by Dorilton Capital. Frank and Claire Williams stepped down from their positions as Manager and Deputy Manager respectively in 2020.