The year gets off to a devastating start, when Frank Williams is seriously injured in a road accident in the south of France. He crashes while driving to the airport after a pre-season test at Paul Ricard and his injuries leave him confined to a wheelchair. On-track, 1986 is a vintage year for Formula One. The dominance of the FW11 allows Williams to clinch its third constructors’ title with Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell, and the drivers finish second and third in the drivers’ standings. Mansell and Piquet enter the final race in Adelaide as overwhelming favourites to win the drivers’ title, but they suffer tyre problems and are beaten to the crown by Alain Prost.
Engine: Honda-V6 Turbo
GPs Contested: 16
Fastest Laps: 11
Constructors Championship: 1st, 141 points.
Drivers Championship: Mansell, 2nd; Piquet, 3rd
Either of the team’s 1-2s at Brands Hatch and Monza.
DID YOU KNOW?
To cap his most successful season in F1, in which he scores five wins, Mansell becomes BBC Sports Personality of the Year in the UK.