Formula 1 Print 1988 - Nigel Mansell racing a Canon Williams-Judd FW12 at the 1988 French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard Circuit
Nigel Mansell (GBR) in his Canon Williams Team Williams-Judd FW12 at the 1988 French Grand Prix in Paul Ricard on October 18th. The Paul Ricard Circuit is a motorsport race track built in 1969 at Le Castellet, near Marseille, in France, with finance from the eccentric pastis magnate Paul Ricard. Ricard wanted to experience the challenge of building a highway.
It was business as usual at the Paul Ricard circuit with the two McLaren-Hondas well clear of the opposition in qualifying, although on this occasion Alain Prost (FRA) was ahead of Ayrton Senna of Brazil. Having qualified on pole position & lapped the fastest lap, Prost went on to win the race. Mansell eventually finished in tenth position in his Williams-Judd.
The Williams FW12 was a Formula One racing car used by the Williams team for the 1988 season. An updated version, the FW12C, was used for 12 of the 16 races of the 1989 season. The FW12 was Williams' first Naturally aspirated car since the FW08C used in the 1983 season.
The 1988 Formula One season was the 39th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1988 FIA Formula One World Championship which commenced on 3 April 1988 and ended on 13 November after sixteen races. Two titles were awarded: the Formula One World Championship for Drivers, won by Ayrton Senna, and the Formula One World Championship for Constructors, easily taken by McLaren-Honda. Alain Prost finished as runner up since he had to drop more scores than Senna with only the best 11 results eligible. Senna won eight races and Prost seven, with McLaren setting a record for a 16-race season for most races won, that has only been matched in seasons with more races. Ferrari and Gerhard Berger finished third in the drivers' championship. Ferrari's season was marred by the death of its founder Enzo Ferrari. The team did however score an emotional 1-2 at its home race in Italy, denying McLaren the perfect season.