A transition year for Williams, while it waits for the arrival of Renault power in 1989. John Judd steps into the engine breach with his normally-aspirated V8, but it’s a disappointing year for the team. The highlights are Nigel Mansell two podiums, at Silverstone and Jerez. Mansell suffers a bout of chicken pox mid-season, forcing him to miss the Belgian and Italian GPs. He’s replaced by Martin Brundle and Jean-Loius Schlesser, the latter’s race at Monza becoming infamous for a misunderstanding between him and race leader Ayrton Senna at the first chicane. Senna retires and Monza is the only race of the year that McLaren fails to win.
Engine: Judd V8
GPs Contested: 16
Fastest Laps: 1
Constructors Championship: 7th, 20 points.
Drivers Championship: Mansell, 9th; Patrese, 11th; Brundle N/C, Schlesser N/C
Mansell’s second place in the rain at Silverstone. He starts 11th and storms through the field to finish in the wheel tracks of Ayrton Senna.
DID YOU KNOW?
Riccardo Patrese is fined a whopping $10,000 for impeding Julian Bailey during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.