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Top five most successful Williams drivers in Formula One

This might be a bit hard for some of the casual fans of Formula One to believe, but Williams is a team whose name is written in golden letters on the pages of Formula One folklore. Their fortunes in the recent past have been far from good as they struggle to score points in every single race. However, they have a rich history that should not be forgotten, and the team will bounce back and reach the top of the motorsports mountain at some point in the future. There have been several legends of racing that have raced under the proud banner of Sir Frank Williams and quite a few of them have earned world championships with the team.

If one takes a look at the Williams history, they will nine constructor’s and seven driver’s championships in their trophy cabinet, which is more than a lot of teams that are performing better than them in the present era. Some of the biggest names to have ever driven for the name include Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet, Jacques Villneuve and many more. In this article, we look at the five most successful Williams drivers of all time, and they have all won the F1 driver’s world championship with the team.

Nigel Mansell

British racing legend Nigel Mansell had three stints with Williams in his career and he is perhaps the biggest legend of the team’s paddock. Mansell first raced with team from 1985 to 1988. He then left for Ferrari where he raced for a couple of seasons before coming back to Williams for the 1991 and 1992 season. He won the world championship in the latter. Mansell’s final stint with the team was a one-season affair in 1994. The Brit has raced 95 times for the team and won a whopping 28 times.

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Damon Hill

Damon Hill raced for the Williams Formula One team for four seasons from 1993 to 1996, during which time, he earned an incredible 40 podiums in 65 races. The Brit won 21 races during his time with the team and managed to win the driver’s world championship in 1996. Unfortunately, that was his only world championship success with the team. However, his contribution to the team’s success will never be forgotten by the Williams faithful.

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Alan Jones

Alan Jones is the man who gave Williams their first ever driver’s championship success, way back in 1980. The Australian motorsport legend was with the team from 1978 to 1981, during which time he won 11 races out of 60 and managed to bag 22 podium finishes. His title winning season came in 1980 which was the team’s maiden success in the driver’s championship.

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Jacques Villneuve

Son of the great Gilles Villneuve, Jacques made his own name in Formula One in 1997 when he won the driver’s world championship with Williams. Villneuve was also Canada’s first ever Formula One world champion. He was with the Williams team from 1996 to 1998, during which time he won 11 races out of 49 and earned 21 podium finishes.

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Nelson Piquet

Brazilian motorsport legend Nelson Piquet was a part of the Williams Formula One team for the 1986 and 1987 seasons, In that time, Piquet took part in 31 races and ended up on the podium 21 times. He won seven races with the team and won the world driver’s championship in 1987, The Brazilian amassed 145 points for the team before moving to Lotus in 1988.

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Williams world champions

DriversChampionship winning year
Alan Jones1980
Keke Rosberg1982
Nelson Piquet1987
Nigel Mansell1992
Alain Prost1993
Damon Hill1996
Jacques Villneuve1997