Williams FW25

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active: 2003
Team: Williams F1

Designers: Patrick Head (TD), Gavin Fisher (CD), Jason Sommerville (CA), Nick Alcock (CA) Drivers: Juan Pablo Montoya (3), Ralf Schumacher / Mark Gene (4)

Because BMW had complaints about the FW24, the new 2003 car is a complete new design, although there are several similarities between this car and its predecessor. The car struggled to find pace in the opening races of the season and made BMW rethink its future in Formula One.

By the time the team went to Monaco, Michelin had developed a new wider front tyre that was meant to unleash the full potential of Montoya and the Williams car. The car immediately won that race, scored a double-podium at the Canadian Grand Prix, then go on to score dominant 1-2 victories at the European Grand Prix at Nurburgring, and the next race, the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours.

Because of this, Juan-Pablo was in the race to win the F1 drivers crown until Ferrari and Bridgestone complained about the front tyres from Michelin. As a result, the FIA banned the tyre making clear any tyre may not at any time be wider than its maximum allowed width. Until that time, the Michelin front tyres were constructed in such a way that it was within the limits when new, but while being driven the tyre became slightly wider, giving the cars more grip.

As of that time, the Williams FW25 could not win any of the 6 remaining races in the season although Juan-Pablo was leading the Japanese GP before abandoning with hydraulical problems.

Three drivers would drive the FW25 in the 2003 season, as Williams' test driver Marc Gene replaced regular racer Ralf Schumacher for the Italian Grand Prix. The German was at the time still recovering from a crash at Monza the week prior to that race.

Specifications

Transmission: WilliamsF1

Clutch: Automotive Products

Chassis: Carbon/epoxy composite, manufactured by WilliamsF1

Cooling system: Two water radiators, two oil radiators either side of the chassis

Brakes: Carbon Industrie discs and pads operated by AP callipers

Lubricants: Castrol

Fuel: Petrobras

Wheels: O.Z.Racing; 13 x 12 front, 13 x 13.7 rear

Tyres: Michelin

Cockpit instrumentation: WilliamsF1 digital data display allied with BMW HUD system (Ralf Schumacher)

Driver's seat: Anatomically formed in carbon/epoxy composite material with Alcantara covering http://www.alcantara.it,600,800,MediaWindow);">www.alcantara.it

Extinguished systems: WilliamsF1/Safety Devices

Paint system: PPG Industries

Weight: 600 kg including driver and camera

Engine Name: BMW P83

Type: normally aspirated V10, 90°, 2998 cc

Valves: four pneumatic valves per cylinder

Engine block: aluminium

Cylinder head: aluminium

Crankshaft: steel

Oil system: dry sump lubrication