Introduction

Williams Grand Prix Engineering was founded in 1977 when new partner Patrick Head joined Frank Williams Racing Cars. The team saw a maiden F1TM win when Clay Regazzoni took the 1979 British GP, followed by Alan Jones winning the World Championship in 1980. By the late 1980s, the team was looking for a new high-class engine partner, eventually teaming up with Renault in 1989. When Adrian Newey joined Head in the design office in mid-1990, the combination of the pair’s expertise and Renault’s powerful engine saw an era of domination for these most perfect of partners.