The Williams FW20 #05
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1998 Williams/Mecachrome FW20 chassis number 05

1998 saw the most radical rule changes in Formula 1 for many years. Narrower, grooved tyres and a narrower track were introduced and would prove a challenge to all the teams. None more so than Williams.

Ever resilient though, Williams took on the challenge, as ever with its ferocious competitiveness. Even though they had lost design guru, Adrian Newey to arch rivals McLaren and Renault Sport’s withdrawal as a factory engine supplier left the team leasing Mecachrome engines, Williams remained buoyant.

Gavin Fisher took over as chief designer and, of course, reigning World Champion Jacques Villeneuve was retained alongside highly rated Heinz-Harald Frentzen who had finished second to Villeneuve the previous year. It was to be a tough year for the Williams team and Goodyear announcing their departure at the end of the season didn’t help the Grove based team. However, even though severely compromised. Williams still managed to finish third in the Constructor’s title.

1997 World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve used Williams FW20-05 predominantly in the 1998 season. He used it in nine races, achieving podium finishes at Hockenheim and Budapest making chassis 05 the most successful of all the FW20’s built.

Currently presented in the non-period BMW livery of the early 2000’s and without engine, FW20-05 represents a fantastic investment at an affordable price. Raced to two podium finishes by reigning World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, the car represents tremendous value for money in a rising market place.

FW20-05 will be supplied complete with:

  • A comprehensive history file containing photographs, engineering notes and other historic documentation on a race by race basis from the Williams archive
  • Certificate of authenticity

By separate negotiation, ongoing storage and transport is available for this car. It is also possible to return FW20-05 to its original ‘Winfield’ livery and rebuild the car to running specification.