Constructors’ championship 2010: 6th
Williams has a tradition of winning in Formula One – but that was then. Now, the picture is more bleak – no drivers’ titles since the ninth by Jacques Villeneuve in 1997; no race wins since Juan Pablo Montoya’s triumph at the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix.
While those droughts are unlikely to change in 2011, Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced driver in F1 history, remains a huge asset and is one of the sport’s smartest minds.
All of Barrichello’s nous will be crucial in a season where the second car will be driven by Pastor Maldonado, the 2010 GP2 Series champion who makes his F1 debut at the relatively ‘old’ age of 26.
11 Rubens Barrichello (age 38, Brazilian, 307 Grand Prix starts)This year is the 19th in Formula One for one of the most-liked drivers in the paddock, and the veteran Brazilian has lost none of his speed, regularly hauling the Williams into the points last season.
He’s the only man on the 2011 grid to have started all 15 previous races in Melbourne, and he’s finished second here four times, as recently as 2009 in the dream maiden race for the fledgling Brawn GP outfit.
2010 season: 47 points, 10th – best result 4th in Valencia.
12 Pastor Maldonado (age 26, Venezuelan, making his Grand Prix debut in Melbourne)
With key sponsors RBS and Philips leaving Williams at the end of 2010, Barrichello’s teammate was likely to be a driver with the right combination of talent and deep pockets – and Maldonado ticked both boxes.
The Venezuelan was the dominant force in the GP2 Series last year, taking six straight feature race wins, and backing from the Venezuelan government and the state-owned oil company PDVSA helped to secure his seat.
2010 season: Did not compete.
CarFW33, powered by Cosworth engines for a second consecutive season.