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Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams FW26 BMW.
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The good, bad and ugly of Williams in F1

Over 800 world championship races and 114 victories the team which started life as Williams Grand Prix Engineering has notched up nine constructors’ championships. MAURICE HAMILTON tells the story of some incredible cars – and a few which fell short of greatness…

In its long history, Williams has produced cars that figured at both ends of the Formula 1 grid. As its fortunes have waxed and waned, the cars carrying the FW prefix of team founder Frank Williams have ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous.

From world championship winners to bold innovators and total duds, the Grove-based team currently seventh in the world championship thanks to the 11 points Alex Albon has scored in the FW45 sits third on the all-time list of F1 race starts - behind only Ferrari and McLaren.

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