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1990


STATISTICS
Car: FW13B
Engine: Renault V10
Drivers: Riccardo Patrese, Thierry Boutsen
GPs contested: 16
Wins: 2
Podiums: 4
Poles: 1
Fastest laps: 5
Constructors’ Championship: 4th, 57 points 
Drivers’ Championship: Boutsen, 6th; Patrese, 7th

 

Fastest Lap 5
Poles 1
Wins 2
Podiums 4
Car FW13B
Engine Renault V10

 

There are many similarities to the ’89 season for Williams: the team wins a couple of races and shows a good level of consistency, but it struggles to match the pace of the McLarens and the Ferraris. The team starts the year with an updated FW13 and there are two highlights: Riccardo’s win at Imola and Thierry’s tenacious drive to victory in Hungary, in which he leads the entire race and comes home just 0.2s ahead of Ayrton Senna. However, it’s clear that the team needs to up its game in ’91 if it’s to challenge consistently for wins. Those plans start to take shape in September when Nigel Mansell re-signs for the team and aerodynamicist Adrian Newey joins from July.

SEASON HIGHLIGHT

Boutsen’s lights-to-flag victory in Hungary. Tenacious, fast and inch-perfect!

DID YOU KNOW?

Drug testing in Formula One was introduced at the 1990 British Grand Prix