Formula 1 2016 Season – Sir Frank and Claire tell the story of Williams’ F1 history

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain Wednesday 24 February 2016. Felipe Massa, Williams FW38 Mercedes. World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/Williams F1 ref: Digital Image _89P5657

Williams is one of the world’s leading Formula 1 teams. It exists purely to race in the top echelon of motor racing, where it has been winning grands prix for more than three decades.

The Williams name has been synonymous with top-level motorsport since the 1960s. After running teams on the sport’s nursery slopes, team patron Frank Williams founded Frank Williams Racing Cars in 1966 and entered F1 in 1969 with his friend Piers Courage behind the wheel.

Frank quickly earned a reputation as one of the industry’s more determined individuals and, after selling his controlling interest in his original team, he established Williams Grand Prix Engineering with British engineer Patrick Head in 1977. They built their first car, the FW06, the following year and the team immediately went from strength-to-strength.

Williams has since won 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles, nine for constructors and seven for drivers, and is the third most successful team on the grid.

Long Beach, USA, 31st March - 2nd April 1978. Alan Jones in the Williams FW06-Ford. Action. Photo: LAT Photographic/Williams F1.  Ref: 1978williams01

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  • 1978 Italian Grand Prix
  • 1980 French Grand Prix
  • 1980 German Grand Prix
  • 1980 Monaco Grand Prix
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  • 1981 Canadian Grand Prix
  • 1981 British Grand Prix
  • 1981 British Grand Prix
  • 1981 United States Grand Prix West
  • 1981 Monaco Grand Prix
  • 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix
  • 1982 Dutch Grand Prix
  • 1982 Dutch Grand Prix
  • 1982 United States Grand Prix West
  • 1982 Swiss Grand Prix
  • 1978 Long Beach Grand Prix
  • 1978 Long Beach Grand Prix
  • 1979 British Grand Prix
  • 1979 Dutch Grand Prix
  • 1979 German Grand Prix
  • 1979 Spanish Grand Prix
  • 1979 Austrian Grand Prix
  • 1979 Austrian Grand Prix
  • 1979 Austrian Grand Prix
  • 1979 Argentinian Grand Prix
  • 1980 British Grand Prix
  • 1980 French Grand Prix
  • 1980 Canadian Grand Prix
  • 1980 Austrian Grand Prix
  • 1980 Argentinian Grand Prix
  • 1981 Brazilian Grand Prix
  • 1981 Austrian Grand Prix
  • 1981 Formula One World Championship
  • 1982 Monaco Grand Prix
  • 1982 Formula 1 World Championship
  • 1982 Swiss Grand Prix
  • 1982 Long Beach Grand Prix
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  • 1978 Argentinian Grand Prix
  • 1978 German Grand Prix
  • 1978 British Grand Prix
  • 1982 Formula 1 World Championship
  • 1979 British Grand Prix
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  • 1982 Formula 1 World Championship
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