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The Williams FW40 is a Formula One racing car designed by Williams to compete in the 2017 Formula One season. The car was driven by Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll, who made his Formula One début with the team.[3] The number '40' in the chassis name signifies the 40th anniversary of the team.[4] In addition, it was the last Formula One car that Massa drove in his career, as he announced his retirement for a second time in November. In Belgium, the car appeared in British motorcycle rider Guy Martin's series Speed with Guy Martin.

Williams FW40
2017 British Grand Prix (35895437546).jpg
Felipe Massa driving the FW40 at the 2017 British Grand Prix
CategoryFormula One
PredecessorWilliams FW38
SuccessorWilliams FW41
Technical specifications[1][2]
ChassisMonocoque construction laminated from carbon epoxy and honeycomb surpassing FIA impact and strength requirements
Suspension (front)Double wishbone, push-rod activated springs and anti-roll bar
Suspension (rear)Same as front
EngineMercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+, Internal Combustion Engine 1.6 L (98 cu in), Cylinders Six, Bank angle 90, No of valves 24. High-pressure direct injection V6 turbocharged engine, limited to 15,000 rpm in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout
Electric motorMercedes AMG HPP Kinetic and thermal energy recovery systems
TransmissionWilliams eight speed seamless sequential semi-automatic shift plus reverse gear, gear selection electro-hydraulically actuated
Weight1,602 lbs
FuelPetronas Primax
BrakesAP 6 piston front and 4 piston rear calipers with carbon discs and pads
TyresPirelliFronts: 305/670-13, Rears: 405/670-13
Competition history
Notable entrantsWilliams Martini Racing
Notable drivers18. Canada Lance Stroll
19. Brazil Felipe Massa
Debut2017 Australian Grand Prix

Competition historyEdit

Williams started the season as the fourth quickest team ahead of arch rivals Force India. But the team could not finish consistently in the points and Lance Stroll finished only thrice in the first 7 races which saw the team languishing in 6th in the Constructors' Championship behind Toro Rosso and 49 points behind Force India.

At the Canadian Grand Prix, Stroll earned his first F1 points by finishing in ninth. Stroll earned his first podium by finishing third in the chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix. By doing so, Stroll became the second youngest driver to be on the podium and the youngest driver on the podium in his debut season. This result brought Williams up to 5th in the Constructors' standings, behind Force India but ahead of Toro Rosso.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix, Massa withdrew from the race weekend after the third practice session on Saturday after he was taken ill. Williams confirmed reserve driver and Sky Sports F1 pundit Paul di Resta would replace Massa for the rest of the weekend. It was his first appearance in an F1 car in a competitive session in 3 years and was his first time driving the 2017 spec-car.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers Grands Prix Points WCC
2017 Williams Martini Racing Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
Felipe Massa 6 14 6 9 13 9 Ret Ret 9 10 WD 8 8 11 9 10 9 11 7 10 83 5th
Lance Stroll Ret Ret Ret 11 16 15 9 3 10 16 14 11 7 8 8 Ret 11 6 16 18
Paul di Resta Ret

Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed greater than 90% of the race distance.


  1. ^ "Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport launches W08 EQ Power+". Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. 23 February 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+ Technical Specification". Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  3. ^ "F1 - 2017 Provisional Entry List". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 6 December 2016. Archived from the original on 6 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  4. ^ Collantine, Keith (17 February 2017). "Williams reveals first images of 2017 F1 car". F1Fanatic. Retrieved 17 February 2017.

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