LAT Archive: The racing pedigree of the Williams FW07/01

Prior to its auction later this month, AutoClassics looks at the winning history of the Williams FW07/01

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Later this month Race Cars Direct will stage its first ever auction. Headlining the lots is the Williams FW07/01 which 1980 Formula 1 champion Alan Jones took to victory in the 1979 Dutch Grand Prix.

Mike Walters, boss of Race Cars Direct, wants the new owner to return it to the track as per its original intended purpose. Before that, and thanks to LAT Images, AutoClassics reflects on its life in F1.

Spanish Grand Prix

Jarama, Madrid, Spain. April 27-29, 1979.

The Williams FW07/01 had its maiden outing at the Spanish Grand Prix, driven by Australian Alan Jones. Unfortunately a gear selection problem forced retirement on lap 54, although Jones recorded the second fastest lap of the race.

British Grand Prix

Silverstone, England. July 12-14, 1979.

Although Clay Regazzoni won the British Grand Prix in his FW07/02, Jones suffered a retirement owning to a water pump failure. Here he speaks to team boss Frank Williams. Having qualified on pole, setting a lap record, and after building a commanding lead in the race, during which FW07/01 lapped nine other cars by lap 25, there was a disappointing end for Jones.

Dutch Grand Prix

Zandvoort, Holland. August 24-26, 1979.

Two races later, at the Dutch Grand Prix, Jones and the FW07/01 finally secured the victory they so richly deserved. Jones qualified on the front row behind Rene Arnoux who was on pole position in his Renault.

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Dutch Grand Prix

Zandvoort, Holland. August 24-26, 1979.

It was an eventful race for Williams. Regazzoni tangled with Arnoux at the first corner and later lost his front wheel. By half distance, even with a gearbox issue, Jones was managing to stay behind race leader Gilles Villeneuve. On lap 47, Villeneuve spun his Ferrari, allowing Jones to take over the lead. He won with 20 seconds to spare over second place Jody Scheckter in the second Ferrari.

Italian Grand Prix

Monza, Italy. September 7-9, 1979.

For the Italian Grand Prix, Regazzoni competed with the FW07/01. He qualified sixth but climbed to third come the chequered flag. The car raced twice more that season, scoring another third in Canada and fifth at Watkins Glen.

FIA Masters Historic Formula 1 Championship

Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, USA. October 21, 2017.

The FW07 has become something of a powerhouse in the Masters F1 series. Here Charles Nearburg leads Chris Farrell in his 1982 March 821 and Bud Moeller's 1979 Ensign MN179.

Williams 40th Anniversary Celebrations

Silverstone, England. June 2, 2017.

Most recently, FW07/01 was back on track for Williams' 40th anniversary celebrations. On the day, the front wing was signed by the likes of Martin Brundle and Pastor Maldonado.

Images courtesy of LAT Archive

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