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.
It first took to the racetrack in anger in the 1978 Argentine Grand Prix in the hands of Alan Jones.
He did not have the best of starts but managed to score the fledgling team's first points at the third round of the World Championship, by finishing fourth at the South African Grand Prix.
Later in the year Jones scored the team's first podium; a second at the United States Grand Prix. He ended the year 12th in the standings, with 16 points. finishing in the points 3 times including a second place at Watkins Glen, and a single car competed in all 16 rounds of the World Championship that season.
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.
Generally considered the finest non-ground effect cars of the era, the Williams FW06 re-established Frank Williams in Formula 1. The Williams/Head partnership would grow out to be one of the dominant forces in the sport for decades to come.
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