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The Williams FW06 was the first car produced by the combination of Frank Williams and Patrick Head for their Williams Grand Prix Engineering Formula One team. As was the standard arrangement for the many small British garagiste teams, the car was powered by the Cosworth DFV 3.0 litre V8 engine.

Williams FW06
1978 Williams-Ford FW06 Goodwood, 2009.JPG
CategoryFormula One
Designer(s)Patrick Head
SuccessorWilliams FW07
Technical specifications
ChassisAluminium monocoque
EngineFord-Cosworth DFV 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) 90° V8 naturally aspirated mid-mounted
TransmissionHewland FGA 400 6-speed manual
Competition history
Notable entrantsWilliams
Notable drivers27. Australia Alan Jones
28. Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
Debut1978 Argentine Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

It first took to the racetrack in the 1978 Argentine Grand Prix in the hands of Alan Jones, and a single car competed in all 16 rounds of the World Championship that season, finishing in the points 3 times including a second place at Watkins Glen.

The FW06 also saw service in the first 4 races of the 1979 season, with Clay Regazzoni joining Jones in the team. Jones finished in third place at Long Beach, but by now the car was being left behind by the ground effect cars of Lotus, Ligier, Tyrrell and others, and the car was replaced by the FW07. It appeared in the video game Formula One Championship Edition on PlayStation in the classic cars along with other classic cars including Lotus 49C, Lotus 72D, Cooper T51, Alfa Romeo 158 and Renault RS01.

Williams FW06 in the Donington Grand Prix Collection

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position) (results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1978 Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ford Cosworth DFV V8 G ARG BRA RSA USW MON BEL ESP SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN 11 9th
Alan Jones Ret 14 4 7 Ret 10 8 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 2 9
1979 Albilad-Saudia Racing Team Ford Cosworth DFV V8 G ARG BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 751 2nd
Alan Jones 9 Ret Ret 3
Clay Regazzoni 10 15 9 Ret

^1 71 points in scored using the Williams FW07.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Williams FW06 at Wikimedia Commons