The FW41 was the first Williams car designed under the helm of Chief Technical Officer, Paddy Lowe. The car, powered by Mercedes customer engine and exploited aggressive aerodynamic approach by adopting Ferrari’s sidepod inlet layout from 2017, was reliable, but slowest on the grid. The FW41 was driven by Lance Stroll in his second season with the team, and Sergey Sirotkin, 2017 Williams reserve driver, making his competitive debut in Formula One. In signing Sergey Sirotkin, Williams formed an alliance with Russian racing outfit SMP Racing, which came with financial investment in the team. Stroll scored six point for couple of top-10 finishes, and Sirotkin earned only one point finishing 10th in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. After the season his backer SMP Racing decided to stop their partnership with Williams due to lack of performance and development of the car, and Sirotkin never returned to the start of Grand Prix race.
|Sergey Sirotkin||35||Williams Martini Racing|