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2003 Williams FW25

The Williams FW25 raced during the 2003 Formula One season and was driven by three drivers, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ralf Schumacher and Marc Gene. Gene replaced Schumacher for the Italian Grand Prix after he was involved in an accident during testing at Monza's Lesmo 1 corner prior to that race. Powering the FW25 was a 3-liter BMW V10 powerplant mated to a Williams 7-speed gearbox. It rode on Michelin tires and fueled by Petrobras fuel.

The FW25 could have won its first Grand Prix - the Australian Grand Prix - but Juan Pablo Montoya spun the car. At the Austrian Grand Prix, Montoya was in the lead prior to engine problems which forced it to retire prematurely.

A new, wider front tire was fitted to the car in preparation for the Monaco Grand Prix, and this helped solve the car's understeer problems. The FW25 finished first at the Monaco GP and scored a double-podium finish at the Canadian grand Prix. It then went on to score a dominant 1-2 victories at the European grand prix at the Nürburgring, and at the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours.

Protests lodged by Michelin's rivals Bridgestone, through the Ferrari team after the Hungarian Grand Prix forced Williams to switch to a slimmer tire design. Montoya finished in second place at Monza and would not win another race during the final three races of the season.

The team would finish the season in second place in the Contrsctors' Championship with 144 points.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2011

Drivers:
Spain Marc Gené
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Germany Ralf Schumacher

Team
United Kingdom BMW WilliamsF1 Team

2003 Season
Points: 144
Position: 2
Engine: BMW P83

2005 Entry: FW27
2004 Entry: FW26
2002 Entry: FW24
2001 Entry: FW23
2000 Entry: FW22


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