Williams is delighted to announce that Karun Chandhok, the official Williams Heritage Driver, will return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 29th-July 2nd) behind the wheel of two of the Grove-based team’s most famous Formula One race cars, the FW08B and the iconic FW14B.
In addition to these two cars going up the famous Goodwood hill, Williams will be exhibiting the FW11B, FW12C and FW19 in a static display at the Festival of Speed. Williams Heritage, the arm of the Williams Group led by Jonathan Williams that manages the running showcar fleet, curates the Heritage collection and provides a range of services to owners of historic Williams racing cars.
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Williams. To celebrate such a momentous occasion, and to demonstrate its gratitude to everyone who has supported the team over the years, a series of exciting events have been delivered and will continue this year. This includes a chance for fans at Goodwood to join in the celebrations. At 11am on Sunday July 2nd all static and running Williams cars will be gathered in the car assembly area for a special moment to mark our 40th anniversary celebrations with some of our key personnel.
Designed by Patrick Head and Adrian Newey, the FW14B is critically acclaimed as the greatest ever Williams car. Williams & Nigel Mansell dominated both championships, winning nine races (a record in one season at the time), and clinching the title in Budapest with five races still to go. The Championship-winning Williams-Renault FW14B took to the track for the first time since clinching the title 25 years ago at Williams’ celebration fan event at Silverstone on June 2nd.
The Williams-Ford FW08B is a six-wheeled (four driven wheels at the rear and two undriven wheels at the front) variant of the 1982 car designed by Sir Patrick Head and Frank Dernie, and looked promising in testing, but the FIA stepped in to ban the technology before it ever raced. They added extra wheels at the rear of the car to improve traction.
In addition to the FW14B and FW08B, which will run up the Goodwood hill, Williams will be exhibiting some more cars in a static display.
In 1987 the Constructors’ Championship winning, FW11 was updated to become the FW11B. The FW11B was dominant throughout the year in the hands of Nelson Piquet and Mansell, winning nine out of 16 races on the way to another Constructors’ Championship, and a Drivers’ Championship for Piquet.
The FW12C, driven by Thierry Boutsen and Riccardo Patrese for the majority of the 1989 season, was the first Williams car to feature a Renault engine. The FW12C picked up one victory in Canada in the hands of Boutsen, and several podium places. It was replaced by its successor, the FW13, towards the end of the season in Portugal.
The FW19 is the team’s most recent championship-winning car. The team secured its 100th GP victory with Jacques at Silverstone. Jacques went on to win the Drivers’ title with his teammate Heinz-Harald Frentzen helping secure the Constructors’ title.