1977

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
22/5MonacoMonte CarloShadow DN8/1A – Ford Cosworth V8159
5/6BelgiumZolderShadow DN8/1A – Ford Cosworth V815RtdAccident
3/7FranceDijon-PrenoisShadow DN8/1A – Ford Cosworth V815RtdClutch/Engine
16/7BritainSilverstoneShadow DN8/5A – Ford Cosworth V825RtdFuel pressure
31/7GermanyHockenheimShadow DN8/5A – Ford Cosworth V81610 - RtdLost rear wheel
28/8HollandZandvoortShadow DN8/5A – Ford Cosworth V81613
11/9ItalyMonzaShadow DN8/5A – Ford Cosworth V86RtdAccident
9/10CanadaMosport ParkShadow DN8/6A – Ford Cosworth V8810 - RtdAccident
23/10JapanFujiShadow DN8/3A – Ford Cosworth V8136

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
7Shadow-Ford23 pts7Alan Jones22 pts
20Riccardo Patrese1 pt
-Tom Pryce-
-Renzo Zorzi-
-Jackie Oliver-
-Arturo Merzario-
-Jean-Pierre Jarier-

1978

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
29/1BrazilRio de JaneiroArrows FA1/1 – Ford Cosworth V81810
4/3South AfricaKyalamiArrows FA1/2 – Ford Cosworth V87RtdEngine
2/4USA (West)Long BeachArrows FA1/2 – Ford Cosworth V896
7/5MonacoMonte CarloArrows FA1/2 – Ford Cosworth V8146
21/5BelgiumZolderArrows FA1/3-2 – Ford Cosworth V88RtdRear suspension
4/6SpainJaramaArrows FA1/4 – Ford Cosworth V88RtdEngine
17/6SwedenAnderstorpArrows FA1/4 – Ford Cosworth V852
2/7FrancePaul RicardArrows FA1/4 – Ford Cosworth V8128
16/7BritainBrands HatchArrows FA1/4 – Ford Cosworth V85RtdPuncture
30/7GermanyHockenheimArrows FA1/4 – Ford Cosworth V8149
13/8AustriaÖsterreichringArrows A1/1 – Ford Cosworth V816RtdAccident
27/8HollandZandvoortArrows A1/1 – Ford Cosworth V813RtdAccident
10/9ItalyMonzaArrows A1/3 – Ford Cosworth V812RtdEngine
8/10CanadaMontréalArrows A1/3 – Ford Cosworth V8124

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
10Arrows-Ford11 pts12Riccardo Patrese11 pts
-Rolf Stommelen-

1979

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
21/1ArgentinaBuenos AiresArrows A1B/5 - Ford Cosworth V813DNSAccident
4/2BrazilInterlagosArrows A1B/4 - Ford Cosworth V8169
3/3South AfricaKyalamiArrows A1B/6 - Ford Cosworth V81611
8/4USA (West)Long BeachArrows A1B/6 - Ford Cosworth V89RtdBrakes
29/4SpainJaramaArrows A1B/6 - Ford Cosworth V81610
13/5BelgiumZolderArrows A1B/6 - Ford Cosworth V8165
27/5MonacoMonte CarloArrows A1B/6 - Ford Cosworth V815RtdFront suspension
1/7FranceDijon-PrenoisArrows A2/1 - Ford Cosworth V81914
14/7BritainSilverstoneArrows A2/1 - Ford Cosworth V819RtdGearbox
29/7GermanyHockenheimArrows A2/1 - Ford Cosworth V819RtdTyre/Suspension
12/8AustriaÖsterreichringArrows A2/1 - Ford Cosworth V813RtdRear suspension
26/8HollandZandvoortArrows A2/1 - Ford Cosworth V819RtdBrakes/Accident
9/9ItalyMonzaArrows A2/1 - Ford Cosworth V81713
30/9CanadaMontréalArrows A1B/5 - Ford Cosworth V814RtdAccident
7/10USA (East)Watkins GlenArrows A2/1 - Ford Cosworth V819RtdRear suspension

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
9Arrows-Ford5 pts18Jochen Mass3 pts
19Riccardo Patrese2 pts

Non-Championship Race

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.Race
16/9GP Dino FerrariImolaArrows A1B – Ford Cosworth V854

1980

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
13/1ArgentinaBuenos AiresArrows A3/1 – Ford Cosworth V87RtdEngine
27/1BrazilInterlagosArrows A3/1 – Ford Cosworth V8146
1/3South AfricaKyalamiArrows A3/3 – Ford Cosworth V811RtdAccident
30/3USA (West)Long BeachArrows A3/3 – Ford Cosworth V882
4/5BelgiumZolderArrows A3/3 – Ford Cosworth V816RtdAccident
18/5MonacoMonte CarloArrows A3/5 – Ford Cosworth V8118
29/6FrancePaul RicardArrows A3/5 – Ford Cosworth V8189
13/7BritainBrands HatchArrows A3/5 – Ford Cosworth V8219
10/8GermanyHockenheimArrows A3/5 – Ford Cosworth V8109
17/8AustriaÖsterreichringArrows A3/5 – Ford Cosworth V81814
31/8HollandZandvoortArrows A3/5 – Ford Cosworth V814RtdEngine
14/9ItalyImolaArrows A3/5 – Ford Cosworth V87RtdEngine
28/9CanadaMontréalArrows A3/5 – Ford Cosworth V811RtdAccident
5/10USA (East)Watkins GlenArrows A3/5 – Ford Cosworth V820RtdAccident

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
7Arrows-Ford11 pts9Riccardo Patrese7 pts
17Jochen Mass4 pts
-Mike Thackwell-
-Manfred Winkelhock-

Non-Championship Race

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.Race
1/6SpainJaramaArrows A3/5 – Ford Cosworth V811Rtd

1981

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
15/3USA (West)Long BeachArrows A3B/3 – Ford Cosworth V81RtdFuel filter
29/3BrazilRio de JaneiroArrows A3B/3 – Ford Cosworth V843
12/4ArgentinaBuenos AiresArrows A3B/3 – Ford Cosworth V897
3/5San MarinoImolaArrows A3B/5 – Ford Cosworth V892
17/5BelgiumZolderArrows A3B/5 – Ford Cosworth V84RtdAccident
31/5MonacoMonte CarloArrows A3B/5 – Ford Cosworth V85RtdGearbox
21/6SpainJaramaArrows A3B/5 – Ford Cosworth V812RtdEngine
5/7FranceDijon-PrenoisArrows A3B/5 – Ford Cosworth V81814
18/7BritainSilverstoneArrows A3B/5 – Ford Cosworth V81010 - RtdEngine
2/8GermanyHockenheimArrows A3B/5 – Ford Cosworth V813RtdEngine
16/8AustriaÖsterreichringArrows A3B/5 – Ford Cosworth V810RtdEngine
30/8HollandZandvoortArrows A3B/5 – Ford Cosworth V810RtdEngine
13/9ItalyMonzaArrows A3B/5 – Ford Cosworth V820RtdGearbox
27/9CanadaMontréalArrows A3B/5 – Ford Cosworth V818RtdAccident
17/10Las VegasCaesars PalaceArrows A3B/5 – Ford Cosworth V81111

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
8Arrows-Ford10 pts11Riccardo Patrese10 pts
-Siegfried Stohr-
-Jacques Villeneuve-

Non-Championship Race

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.Race
7/2South AfricaKyalamiArrows A3/3 – Ford Cosworth V866

1982

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
23/1South AfricaKyalamiBrabham BT50 BMW Turbo4RtdOil loss/Turbo
21/3BrazilRio de JaneiroBrabham BT49D Ford Cosworth V89RtdDriver exhaustion
4/4USA (West)Long BeachBrabham BT49C Ford Cosworth V8183
9/5BelgiumZolderBrabham BT50 BMW Turbo9RtdAccident
23/5MonacoMonte CarloBrabham BT49D Ford Cosworth V821
6/6USADetroitBrabham BT49D Ford Cosworth V814RtdAccident
13/6CanadaMontréalBrabham BT49D Ford Cosworth V882
3/7HollandZandvoortBrabham BT50 BMW Turbo1015
18/7BritainBrands HatchBrabham BT50 BMW Turbo2RtdAccident
25/7FrancePaul RicardBrabham BT50 BMW Turbo4RtdEngine
8/8GermanyHockenheimBrabham BT50 BMW Turbo6RtdEngine
15/8AustriaÖsterreichringBrabham BT50 BMW Turbo2RtdEngine
29/8SwitzerlandDijon-PrenoisBrabham BT50 BMW Turbo35
12/9ItalyMonzaBrabham BT50 BMW Turbo4RtdClutch
25/9Las VegasCaesars PalaceBrabham BT50 BMW Turbo5RtdClutch

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
5Parmalat Racing Team41 pts10Riccardo Patrese21 pts
11Nelson Piquet20 pts

1983

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
13/3BrazilRio de JaneiroBrabham BT52 BMW Turbo7RtdExhaust
27/3USA (West)Long BeachBrabham BT52 BMW Turbo1110 - RtdDistributor
17/4FrancePaul RicardBrabham BT52 BMW Turbo3RtdEngine
1/5San MarinoImolaBrabham BT52 BMW Turbo513 - RtdAccident
15/5MonacoMonte CarloBrabham BT52 BMW Turbo17RtdElectrics
22/5BelgiumSpaBrabham BT52 BMW Turbo6RtdEngine
5/6USADetroitBrabham BT52 BMW Turbo15RtdBrakes
12/6CanadaMontréalBrabham BT52 BMW Turbo5RtdGearbox
16/7BritainSilverstoneBrabham BT52B BMW Turbo5RtdTurbo
7/8GermanyHockenheimBrabham BT52B BMW Turbo83
14/8AustriaÖsterreichringBrabham BT52B BMW Turbo6RtdEngine
28/8HollandZandvoortBrabham BT52B BMW Turbo99
11/9ItalyMonzaBrabham BT52B BMW Turbo1RtdElectrics
25/9EuropeBrands HatchBrabham BT52B BMW Turbo27
15/10South AfricaKyalamiBrabham BT52B BMW Turbo31

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
3Brabham-BMW72 pts1Nelson Piquet59 pts
9Riccardo Patrese13 pts

1984

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
25/3BrazilRio de JaneiroAlfa Romeo 184T/211RtdGearbox
7/4South AfricaKyalamiAlfa Romeo 184T/2184
29/4BelgiumZolderAlfa Romeo 184T/27RtdIgnition
6/5San MarinoImolaAlfa Romeo 184T/210RtdElectrics
20/5FranceDijon-PrenoisAlfa Romeo 184T/215RtdEngine
3/6MonacoMonte CarloAlfa Romeo 184T/214RtdSteering
17/6CanadaMontréalAlfa Romeo 184T/114RtdAccident
24/6USADetroitAlfa Romeo 184T/125RtdAccident
8/7USADallasAlfa Romeo 184T/121RtdAccident
22/7BritainBrands HatchAlfa Romeo 184T/21712 - RtdOut of fuel
5/8GermanyHockenheimAlfa Romeo 184T/220RtdFuel metering unit
19/8AustriaÖsterreichringAlfa Romeo 184T/21310 - RtdOut of fuel
26/8HollandZandvoortAlfa Romeo 184T/218RtdEngine
9/9ItalyMonzaAlfa Romeo 184T/493
7/10EuropeNürburgringAlfa Romeo 184T/496
21/10PortugalEstorilAlfa Romeo 184T/4128

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
8Euroracing Team Alfa Romeo11 pts13Riccardo Patrese8 pts
16Eddie Cheever3 pts

1985

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
7/4BrazilRio de JaneiroAlfa Romeo 185T/214RtdAccident
21/4PortugalEstorilAlfa Romeo 185T/213RtdAccident
5/5San MarinoImolaAlfa Romeo 185T/218RtdTurbo
19/5MonacoMonte CarloAlfa Romeo 185T/212RtdAccident
16/6CanadaMontréalAlfa Romeo 185T/21310
23/6USADetroitAlfa Romeo 185T/214RtdElectrics
7/7FrancePaul RicardAlfa Romeo 185T/21611
21/7BritainSilverstoneAlfa Romeo 185T/2149
4/8GermanyNürburgringAlfa Romeo 184T/29RtdGearbox
18/8AustriaÖsterreichringAlfa Romeo 184T/210RtdTurbo
25/8HollandZandvoortAlfa Romeo 184T/219RtdTurbo
8/9ItalyMonzaAlfa Romeo 184T/213RtdExhaust
15/9BelgiumSpaAlfa Romeo 184T/215RtdIgnition
6/10EuropeBrands HatchAlfa Romeo 184T/2119
19/10South AfricaKyalamiAlfa Romeo 184T/212RtdAccident
3/11AustraliaAdelaideAlfa Romeo 184T/214RtdExhaust

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
10Euroracing Team Alfa Romeo0 pts20Riccardo Patrese0 pts
20Eddie Cheever0 pts

1986

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
23/3BrazilRio de JaneiroBrabham BT55/410RtdWater pipe
13/4SpainJerezBrabham BT55/414RtdGearbox
27/4San MarinoImolaBrabham BT55/4166 - RtdOut of fuel
11/5MonacoMonte CarloBrabham BT55/46RtdFuel pump
25/5BelgiumSpaBrabham BT55/4158
15/6CanadaMontréalBrabham BT55/49RtdTurbo
22/6USADetroitBrabham BT55/486
6/7FrancePaul RicardBrabham BT55/4167
13/7BritainBrands HatchBrabham BT54/915RtdEngine
27/7GermanyHockenheimBrabham BT55/37RtdEngine
10/8HungaryHungaroringBrabham BT55/414RtdAccident
17/8AustriaÖsterreichringBrabham BT55/34Rtd
7/9ItalyMonzaBrabham BT55/710RtdAccident
21/9PortugalEstorilBrabham BT55/79RtdEngine
12/10MexicoAutódromo Hermanos RodríguezBrabham BT55/7513 - RtdAccident
26/10AustraliaAdelaideBrabham BT55/719RtdElectrics

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
9Brabham-BMW2 pts17Riccardo Patrese2 pts
-Elio de Angelis0 pts
Derek Warwick0 pts

1987

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
12/4BrazilRio de JaneiroBrabham BT56/311RtdBattery
3/5San MarinoImolaBrabham BT56/379
17/5BelgiumSpaBrabham BT56/38RtdClutch
31/5MonacoMonte CarloBrabham BT56/310RtdElectrics
21/6USADetroitBrabham BT56/399
5/7FrancePaul RicardBrabham BT56/312RtdCrown wheel
12/7BritainSilverstoneBrabham BT56/311RtdFuel metering unit
26/7GermanyHockenheimBrabham BT56/411RtdEngine
9/8HungaryHungaroringBrabham BT56/4105
16/8AustriaÖsterreichringBrabham BT56/28RtdEngine
6/9ItalyMonzaBrabham BT56/49RtdEngine
20/9PortugalEstorilBrabham BT56/37RtdEngine
27/9SpainJerezBrabham BT56/4913
18/10MexicoAutódromo Hermanos RodríguezBrabham BT56/483
1/11JapanSuzukaBrabham BT56/4811 - RtdEngine
15/11AustraliaAdelaideWilliams FW11B/179 - RtdEngine

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
1Williams-Honda137 pts1Nelson Piquet73 pts
8Brabham-BMW10 pts2Nigel Mansell61 pts
13Riccardo Patrese6 pts
14Andrea de Cesaris4 pts

1988

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
3/4BrazilRio de JaneiroWilliams FW12/28RtdOverheating
1/5San MarinoImolaWilliams FW12/2613
15/5MonacoMonte CarloWilliams FW12/286
29/5MexicoAutódromo Hermanos RodríguezWilliams FW12/217RtdEngine
12/6CanadaMontréalWilliams FW12/211RtdEngine
19/6USADetroitWilliams FW12/210RtdElectrics
3/7FrancePaul RicardWilliams FW12/215RtdBrakes
10/7BritainSilverstoneWilliams FW12/3158
24/7GermanyHockenheimWilliams FW12/313RtdAccident
7/8HungaryHungaroringWilliams FW12/366
28/8BelgiumSpaWilliams FW12/35RtdEngine
11/9ItalyMonzaWilliams FW12/3107
25/9PortugalEstorilWilliams FW12/311RtdRadiator
2/10SpainJerezWilliams FW12/375
30/10JapanSuzukaWilliams FW12/3116
13/11AustraliaAdelaideWilliams FW12/364

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
7Williams-Judd20 pts9Nigel Mansell12 pts
11Riccardo Patrese8 pts
-Martin Brundle-
-Jean-Louis Schlesser-

Riccardo’s Race Comments

“I knew I had to keep clear of traffic to keep my temperature low. I was okay behind Nannini but then the engine just cut. Now I just look forward to Imola, which I consider my home circuit.“
Brazilian GP
“It was a nice first 20 laps and the car was running really good and I could keep Boutsen and Nannini behind me. But I started to slow down as the tyres were on the the limit and the noise from the engine was not good and I think it was because my exhaust started too break. When the exhaust broke completely that was the end and then when the suspension went the car was not stable any more so I had to go slowly. But like Nigel I now look forward to Monaco where I am sure our cars will be good again.“
San Marino GP
“I had to fight like hell and when I came out of the hairpin there was just no power at all. As I sat on the grid suddenly a lot of smoke was coming from the cockpit. I was happy it was only the switch on my head cooling equipment that had short circuited. It was not a happy day, but now I look forward to Montreal where I think the car will be good.“
Mexican GP
“I had the same problem as Nigel and about ten laps before I retired the oil light came on. The engine lost its power and I was able to retire in the pits before the engine blew.“
Canadian GP
“I was changing down and the engine cut out completely. The car had felt good although the rear tyres were going off and I was having brake problems. I decided not to chase Boutsen and risk my fourth place as the track was very slippery.“
USA GP – Detroit
“The balance bar of the brakes broke and I only had brakes at the rear. I had to brake about 300 metres before the corners and I was still locking up when I went in.“
French GP
“I had trouble with the acceleration out of the corners and there was some understeer going in. Towards the end I tried three or four times to take Eddie Cheever’s Arrows, but he just went away. So I am a bit frustrated not to have had a better placing, but very happy to have finished the race.“
British GP
“My main problem was a misfire in the engine since lap five when I was at 10,000 revs. I think it was something electrical. I went straight on at the Sachskurve and damaged the right front suspension on the car.“
German GP
“I really enjoyed the first part of the race and the start was good – I passed both Thierry Boutsen and Alessandro Nannini on the first corner and from sixth on the grid I was third. The car felt very good then it started to misfire from about lap 30. I was going to come in, but then it felt better again and just kept coming and going with the performance. Anyway we got a point which is better than nothing.“
Hungarian GP
“The oil light came on, I felt something go so slowed down and switched the car off. My main problem during the race was understeer and I had no traction at the start so Boutsen went round the outside of me. The tyres were going off, so I took a little bit of care and they came back. I put a lot of effort into this race, which was harder than running second in Hungary.“
Belgian GP
“For the first 20 laps the car was good, it had good grip from the tyres and good aerodynamics. But after that it was a little nervous and the rear tyres went off. However, at the end the car was not bad despite a little understeer in Parabolica and a little bit of oversteer in the two Lesmos. I worked hard and wanted to get a point.“
Italian GP
“The start was good and the car felt very good and well balanced. For the first 20 laps I was conserving my tyres and so did not push too much. The race was exciting for me and I felt that in the group I was running with my car was the best. I kept with Alboreto hoping that he would make a mistake or have to change his tyres, but then the temperatures went up and I had to come into the pits and stop. It was a failure on the right radiator that caused the overheating.“
Portugese GP
“It was a very hard race, but I was pleased with my start. Then I had Senna in front of me and I tried very hard to overtake him and I think I gave a little bit too hard time to the tyres. But I didn’t stop for tyres because I was always behind him and I was hoping he would make a mistake or something so I could overtake. Unfortunately, for the last 25 laps the tyres were not good, especially the rears with very little traction, and I had to drive the best I could but with a very sliding car. The people who had the good idea to change the tyres were coming from behind very quickly and I could not do anything at all. At the end when Senna overtook me he was much too quick to keep behind. Then when I saw Berger with five laps to go I thought I can’t let him go. I thought probably he could get me, but he was a bit nervous having made a mistake. I am pleased with the result anyway.“
Spanish GP
“I was held up by Warwick and there were no blue flags for him. I stayed behind him very close and had understeer, so my tyres started to go off and they never came back. I had no mechanical problem with the car, but at the end the track was very, very slippery. I hope I can now get some more points in Adelaide.“
Japanese GP
“The race I think went well and the result is positive. I had a good start and I could sit in fifth place behind Nelson easily. I tried to attack him but every time I got too close my brakes started to go. We knew we were a little bit on the limit from the start with brakes. In one of these attacks I braked a touch too late and pressed too much the pedal. The car was already a little bit sideways, I locked the rear wheels and I had a little spin. I dropped to fifth and tried to come back but the tyres were a little bit square. Then I saw Nigel had a problem at exactly the same corner I had my spin – it was a critical point for us. I then decided to keep fourth place safe as I was too far away from Nelson in third and I knew I could have problems with my brakes.“
Australian GP

1989

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
26/3BrazilRio de JaneiroWilliams FW12C/72RtdEngine
23/4San MarinoImolaWilliams FW12C/74RtdEngine
7/5MonacoMonte CarloWilliams FW12C/7715
28/5MexicoAutódromo Hermanos RodríguezWilliams FW12C/752
4/6USAPhoenixWilliams FW12C/7142
18/6CanadaMontréalWilliams FW12C/732
9/7FrancePaul RicardWilliams FW12C/1083
16/7BritainSilverstoneWilliams FW12C/75RtdAccident
30/7GermanyHockenheimWilliams FW12C/1054
13/8HungaryHungaroringWilliams FW12C/101RtdRadiator
27/8BelgiumSpaWilliams FW12C/105RtdAccident
10/9ItalyMonzaWilliams FW12C/754
24/9PortugalEstorilWilliams FW13/16RtdRadiator
1/10SpainJerezWilliams FW12C/965
22/10JapanSuzukaWilliams FW13/152
5/11AustraliaAdelaideWilliams FW13/163

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
2Williams-Renault77 pts3Riccardo Patrese40 pts
5Thierry Boutsen37 pts

Riccardo’s Race Comments

“We proved that we can be competitive. Unfortunately we had this problem – a camshaft pulley failed – at the end. I tried very hard to get a win for this new record of Grands Prix, but it was not to be. We played the tactic of one stop for tyres, and after the race I think it was not the best tactic because for the last five laps on the first set I was very slow and lost a lot of time. After I changed the second time I was really flying and catching everybody very quickly.“
Brazilian GP
“I was fighting with Mansell and I was about the same speed as him and then the thing was dead. No sign that the engine was going to break, but then the oil light came on and 300 metres later the engine blew.“
San Marino GP
“My problems started on the grid when the car was difficult to start due to low fuel pressure. I got away but had to start from the back of the grid, then pitted at the end of lap 13 and had to spend several laps there while the rear wing was changed. Out of the chicane I had a lot of wheelspin and then I thought I had a problem with my right rear suspension. I think my drink bottle broke as suddenly I had a very wet, cold behind – it was quite pleasant.“
Monaco GP
“I am very happy indeed. This result is good for me, but even better for the Canon Williams team and Renault who have worked so hard. The car was perfect all through the race. I chose the very hard compound tyre because I didn’t think we could manage to make the race on the soft one. The grip was not fantastic from the tyres, but they were very consistent all through the race and I am very happy to finish second. I think now we are in good shape to be reliable all the time.“
Mexican GP
“In the warm-up this morning the car was not handling at all and we just guessed another set-up for the race and finally Patrick Head and myself got it right because in the race the car was not so bad to drive. Thanks also to the power of the Renault engine we could go through the field and catch places until I came to second, and then I had Eddie who was pushing from behind and I had to concentrate not to make any mistake because he was so close. He was much quicker than me braking for the corners, but thanks to better acceleration and speed I could keep him behind. With five laps to go he backed off and it was a great relief for me. I think this is a very good result for Williams, Renault and for myself and I think we have found the reliability. Anyway I am very happy.“
USA GP – Phoenix
“I am pleased with the result as it is now three times in a row I have finished second and for me it is very good. I had a problem with my car with about 20 laps to go, the back end of the car felt bad and I had no traction. After the race I saw the reason as two bolts from the undertray became loose and because of that I lost a lot of time. I had Thierry behind, I resisted for a couple of laps and then he went away. For me it was really a big problem then to finish the race with the way the car felt.“
Canadian GP
“After a not very good weekend for me with the set-up of the car, I think third for me is very good. I think today was a bit lucky for me. The car went well, with just a little trouble with the rear tyres going off, and I went off because I lost the car but didn’t hit anything. I found the car was oversteering a little bit too much and this was causing the trouble with the rear tyres. Anyway I am really happy with this result.“
French GP
“I started to turn into the corner and the car just went. The car spun and I went backwards super quick. It was a big one. I had a bang on the back of my helmet and I hurt my wrist a little bit. It happened so quickly I cannot be positive what happened. Up to then the car was going fine and the balance was coming better.“
British GP
“I think to get three points is very good as we do have a lot of opposition from the other teams. The engine felt good during the whole race, but the gearbox was a little stiff, especially on the last lap. I also had a slight vibration on the second set of tyres. I am just hoping to be back on the podium in Hungary.“
German GP
“I can hardly believe what has happened after all this effort. The tyres were okay and I was holding Senna behind then the water temperature started to increase and this happened. I could feel I was losing power and then the engine just went. When the mechanics inspected the car they found that the cause was because something sharp went through the radiator and, like at Silverstone, it lost the water.“
Hungarian GP
“I was following Thierry when we came up behind Alboreto. It was a slow part of the track and he moved over to let Thierry through. I thought if he saw Thierry coming then be probably saw me as well, so went to follow through. He just moved over to the right and we both went off together into the tyre barrier. It was his fault, but he said he was sorry so what can I say. I must remember the conditons we were running in, although where it happened was quite slow so there was not a lot of spray. The right side of the car was damaged, but I don’t know how badly. I am obviously upset as the car was going well and I was driving to avoid accidents in the bad conditions.“
Belgian GP
“I had a problem on the warm-up lap with the car pulling to the right. I changed the tyres but this didn’t seem to help. Although this gave me a problem it was only in the last five or six laps that it was really bad when the left rear went off. My biggest problem was that I nearly hit Mansell when he had a problem in the second Lesmo. It was not his fault as it seemed that he just went into neutral, but it was exciting as I was doing about 240kmh and it could have been a very big one. Luckily I missed him! I realised that if I had then gone after Thierry it would have been dangerous for the team as it would have been a big fight and anyway we had seven safe points, which was the most important. All in all I was happy with the race.“
Italian GP
“At the end the car was going very well and the lap times were very competitive. The car has a different driving position to the FW12C and my neck feels sore from the high G forces because the car was cornering very quickly. Then the temperatures just went very high and I stopped on the side of the track.“
Portuguese GP
“I made a mistake with the second tyre stop as I should have come in earlier. There was no way I could have stayed out any longer and made it to the end and obviously I would have loved to have overtaken Alesi, but I just couldn’t make it. The car felt fine on the first set of tyres, but not on the second, because I was having a lot of understeer.“
Spanish GP
“I think I have got the ticket for second place. But I am happy with this position as we have both finished on the podium. We still have a car that is not super nice to drive, but the reliability came back on the new car and I think it is a good day for the future. We still have to work quite a lot and during the winter I hope we can close the gap with the leaders.“
Japanese GP
“First of all, I planned my race, because I wanted to finish third in the Championship. I was only two points behind Nigel Mansell, so everything I was doing in the race was just to try to get that third place, and I am very happy that in the end I got it. At the beginning, when Nigel was in the race, I was charging very hard – in fact I was able to overtake Thierry at the end of the straight, but just two corners after I started to spin and I was very lucky to recover the car. Then I was pushing very hard because Nigel was in front of me, and I did another two spins again. Then Nigel crashed, and from that moment my race was just a case of controlling everything. Of course I had a big gap to Nakajima, and in fact I was just playing with him a little bit. Also I had a small problem with the steering wheel: it was a little bit loose at the end of the race, and the reaction of the steering wheel was not fantastic…“
Australian GP

1990

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
11/3USAPhoenixWilliams FW13B/5129
25/3BrazilInterlagosWilliams FW13B/5413 - RtdOil leak
13/5San MarinoImolaWilliams FW13B/631
27/5MonacoMonte CarloWilliams FW13B/64RtdEngine
10/6CanadaMontréalWilliams FW13B/69RtdBrakes
24/6MexicoAutódromo Hermanos RodríguezWilliams FW13B/629
8/7FrancePaul RicardWilliams FW13B/666
15/7BritainSilverstoneWilliams FW13B/67RtdAccident
29/7GermanyHockenheimWilliams FW13B/655
12/8HungaryHungaroringWilliams FW13B/924
26/8BelgiumSpaWilliams FW13B/97RtdGearbox
9/9ItalyMonzaWilliams FW13B/975
23/9PortugalEstorilWilliams FW13B/957
30/9SpainJerezWilliams FW13B/965
21/10JapanSuzukaWilliams FW13B/774
4/11AustraliaAdelaideWilliams FW13B/766

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
4Williams-Renault57 pts6Thierry Boutsen34 pts
7Riccardo Patrese23 pts

Riccardo’s Race Comments

“At the very beginning of the race Grouillard went from right to left in front of me. He didn’t seem to think I was there and just went for a hole. I lost some of the front bodywork and had to come in for repairs. I then chased the others and I think I could have caught Nakajima if it was not for my problem.“
USA GP – Phoenix
“If I couldn’t win at least fourth place was better than nothing. I didn’t see any light or anything to tell me I had a problem just the smoke at the back of the car. Up to then the engine was working well and I thought I could keep Nigel behind me. My main problem was understeer in the first part of the race and then second and third gears were difficult. I tried to go by Senna when he came back on the track after getting his new tyres, but I got on the dirty part of the track and the car went sideways. I am disappointed as we need these points.“
Brazilian GP
“Because I didn’t have a fantastic start I decided to save my car for the end of the race and it was the right choice. With 20 laps to go I started to push very hard and the car was perfect and I was able to catch and overtake Gerhard without any problems. I did drop back from him at one point because I got close to him, but coming out to the Rivazza corner my car went a bit sideways and I got some dirt on my tyres, so for a couple of laps I had to clean my tyres. The car performed perfectly, and especially the brakes which were the main concern. Obviously I am very happy.“
San Marino GP
“The car didn’t feel good with no downforce at the back. When I retired the undertray was completely to pieces. Nannini ran into the back of me on the lap I came in for tyres, but it was a pure mistake.“
British GP
“The car worked well, we finished fifth and I think, this is what we deserved. We must now work harder to get back to the top. All I can say is I am sure in Hungary we will be more competitive than here.“
German GP
“My front tyres were completely gone so I had to come in. I was behind Thierry and everyone was catching me. I could have come in straight away, but decided to stay out for three or four more laps to give him a chance to get away. My only problem was a long brake pedal and when I tried to go for Piquet at the finish this stopped me catching him.“
Hungarian GP
“The car wasn’t bad, but when I was on a quick downhill section I found I was in sixth. I tried to get fifth gear, but it wasn’t possible any more. It was then difficult to change gear forwards but better back down the ‘box. Suddenly on the last lap the ‘box went solid. I was lucky to find any gear at all, but found third and came back to the pits.“
Belgian GP
“The second time I got a good start and didn’t miss the first chicane on my first lap! The car and engine felt good, but the tyres were sliding after about ten laps. When I slowed down the grip returned, but when I speeded up it went again. The only other problem was when I slowed down at the end of the race the brake pedal went long.“
Italian GP
“It was my mistake. It was exactly the same spot where Mansell had his problem last year, and on top of that I was following Piquet. Apart from that I had understeer and oversteer. I don’t think the car was brilliant, but the driver was worse!“
Portugese GP
“I had quite a good start, I went to go through on the left as Alesi went on the right, and suddenly he came back on the left. I don’t know if somebody pushed him. Anyway he pushed me over the kerbs and I took off. When I came down I checked the car for a couple of laps and I could see my front left skirt was broken for about four inches. When I was braking the car didn’t feel right and I had a problem in the front of the car – it could have been something bent in the front suspension. The car started to understeer and I had to drive it with that for the whole race. I only planned to make one pit stop, but because of that I had to make two as I was ruining the left front tyres. That’s it, I think I drove the best I could with the car.“
Spanish GP
“I was going very well in the beginning of the race, but then Morbidelli blew up his engine in front of me. He locked up and went sideways and I had to go sideways and spin to avoid him, which I did just! Then everything was okay until about 20 laps from the end when the brakes started to run cold and it was difficult to stop. I then had to slow down a bit, but up to then I definitely used the car one hundred per cent, and it was going very well.“
Australian GP

1991

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
10/3USAPhoenixWilliams FW14/33RtdGearbox/Accident
24/3BrazilInterlagosWilliams FW14/422
28/3San MarinoImolaWilliams FW14/42RtdEngine
12/5MonacoMonte CarloWilliams FW14/43RtdAccident
2/6CanadaMontréalWilliams FW14/313
16/6MexicoAutódromo Hermanos RodríguezWilliams FW14/311
7/7FranceMagny-CoursWilliams FW14/415
14/7BritainSilverstoneWilliams FW14/43RtdAccident
28/7GermanyHockenheimWilliams FW14/442
11/8HungaryHungaroringWilliams FW14/323
25/8BelgiumSpaWilliams FW14/3175
8/9ItalyMonzaWilliams FW14/34RtdGearbox
22/9PortugalEstorilWilliams FW13B/911
29/9SpainCatalunyaWilliams FW14/343
20/10JapanSuzukaWilliams FW14/353
3/11AustraliaAdelaideWilliams FW13B/745

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
2Williams-Renault125 pts2Nigel Mansell72 pts
3Riccardo Patrese53 pts

Riccardo’s Race Comments

“I had a problem with the gearbox and was in neutral. I was sure I could make it round the corner like that, but then it found second, my rear wheels locked and I spun. It was a completely blind third or fourth gear corner and my problem was whether to stay in the car or not. I stayed and was hit by the Benetton of Moreno and I felt a bang to my lower leg. On lap 22 I tried to overtake Nigel, he braked late and I picked up a lot of dirt on my tyres and went straight on.“
USA GP – Phoenix
“I got a good start and was able to get the lead and push very hard for the first four or five laps. I was pulling away from Senna and kept my eye on the gap as I wanted to still be in front of him at the moment I put on the dry tyres. When I thought it was time to go into the pits to change tyres the engine started to misfire. I came in and as I got to the pit my engine died completely. Really that was it for the race as I spent so long in the pits. I went out again and was following Senna and felt I could stay with him. I think I could have fought for the win today, but we had a bit of bad luck.“
San Marino GP
“There was nothing I could do when Modena’s engine blew in a big way in front of me as it was like being on ice.“
Monaco GP
“I had a gearbox problem from the start. I went from first then to neutral, and not into second. It was then okay until the pit stop and then again I had the problems. I would have liked more points, but I think today’s result was good for Williams and especially Renault at their home race.“
French GP

1992

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
1/3South AfricaKyalamiWilliams FW14B/942
22/3MexicoAutódromo Hermanos RodríguezWilliams FW14B/922
5/4BrazilInterlagosWilliams FW14B/922
3/5SpainCatalunyaWilliams FW14B/94RtdAccident
17/5San MarinoImolaWilliams FW14B/922
31/5MonacoMonte CarloWilliams FW14B/1023
14/6CanadaMontréalWilliams FW14B/102RtdGearbox
5/7FranceMagny-CoursWilliams FW14B/1022
12/7BritainSilverstoneWilliams FW14B/1022
26/7GermanyHockenheimWilliams FW14B/828 - RtdAccident
16/8HungaryHungaroringWilliams FW14B/81RtdEngine
30/8BelgiumSpaWilliams FW14B/843
13/9ItalyMonzaWilliams FW14B/845
27/9PortugalEstorilWilliams FW14B/82RtdAccident
25/10JapanSuzukaWilliams FW14B/1021
8/11AustraliaAdelaideWilliams FW14B/103RtdFuel pressure

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
1Williams-Renault164 pts1Nigel Mansell108 pts
2Riccardo Patrese56 pts

Riccardo’s Race Comments

“I am very happy to have taken this third place after a lot of hard work. I did not have the start I wanted and then had a very busy afternoon. I was very surprised to see Ayrton alongside me at the start. I didn’t want to have any trouble with Nigel and then I tried to chase after Ayrton a bit. The car became a little bit difficult to drive after that and so I forgot about Ayrton and used my experience to stay in front of Michael Schumacher.“
Monaco GP
“I lost sixth, then fifth and then fourth. The car was handling well and I was using the tyres in a good way so I was hoping to make a charge after Berger at the end of the race. When Nigel went off early in the race, he came across in front of me and I just did not know where he was landing, so, unfortunately, I had to lift and that was when Berger went by.“
Canadian GP
“The first part of the race was very interesting – there was a big battle between myself and Nigel. But congratulations to Nigel – at the moment he is clearly very strong and going very quick. The conditions on the track, after the second start, were very difficult, especially when it started raining and we had slicks on, it is the usual situation when the weather is like this, wet, dry, wet, dry, so you need to be very careful, which is what I did during the second race when I was on wet tyres.“
French GP
“I am stiff. It was a hard race for me, I think the hardest of the season. Anyway I am really very pleased for Nigel, for myself and, of course, for the team of Williams and Renault, another one-two. I think we did another fantastic job and let’s hope we go on like that as it is marvellous. I started well, but then anyway Nigel was in another league today, and when he got me after the first corner I just forgot about him, so congratulations to him. I started with the idea not to change tyres, and when Nigel made his stop I got the information from the pits that they looked fine and, in fact, the tyres had no problem to go through the race. Okay it is another second place, but this one I like as after a career of 16 years I have never had a point in Silverstone, so now I finish this bad luck. Also in the last four years I had four big accidents, if we count the one yesterday, so I was really prepared to have a nice and safe afternoon.“
British GP
“This is not the result I wanted. I tried to attack Senna on the last corner and go through a hole, but he closed the door and I braked on the dirt. I went off and did a 360 but it was impossible to get back on the track. Senna was not unfair at all, but he just defended his position.“
German GP
“The engine started to go off after about 20 laps and I had a feeling then that I wasn’t going to finish the race. As to going off, I think there was some dirt on the circuit and there was nothing I could do.“
Hungarian GP
“I am very pleased for the team that we have now secured the constructors’ championship. It was in the air and now we have achieved it. As for my race, there was a misunderstanding as I had a call from the pits to stay out as Nigel was going to change tyres so I changed tyres two laps later than Nigel, I think. But it was very confusing! I had a call, but I could not understand what they were saying. But I did realise Nigel was going in to the pits. Then on the last two laps I had an exhaust problem, just like Nigel. I drove my best in this race and my car worked well until then.“
Belgian GP
“There is really nothing for me to say. It was a technical problem.“
Italian GP
“I was fighting with Berger and he just braked to come into the pits and gave no signal at all. The car went straight up into the air, air got under it and I saw the sky. I really could have hurt myself very badly.“
Portugese GP

1993

DateRaceCircuitCarQual.RaceNotes
14/3South AfricaKyalamiBenetton B193A/77RtdAccident
28/3BrazilInterlagosBenetton B193A/76RtdSuspension
11/4EuropeDonington ParkBenetton B193B/1105
25/4San MarinoImolaBenetton B193B/111RtdAccident
9/5SpainCatalunyaBenetton B193B/454
23/5MonacoMonte CarloBenetton B193B/46RtdEngine
13/6CanadaMontréalBenetton B193B/44RtdDriver discomfort
4/7FranceMagny-CoursBenetton B193B/41210
11/7BritainSilverstoneBenetton B193B/453
25/7GermanyHockenheimBenetton B193B/275
15/8HungaryHungaroringBenetton B193B/252
29/8BelgiumSpaBenetton B193B/286
12/9ItalyMonzaBenetton B193B/2105
26/9PortugalEstorilBenetton B193B/2716 - RtdAccident
24/10JapanSuzukaBenetton B193B/610RtdAccident
7/11AustraliaAdelaideBenetton B193B/698 - RtdFuel pressure

Championship Standings

Pos.ConstructorsPointsPos.DriversPoints
3Benetton-Ford72 pts4Michael Schumacher52 pts
5Riccardo Patrese20 pts

Riccardo’s Race Comments

“I made quite a good start, but when Alesi was slow moving away I had to lift off and that cost me some time. Everything was going well, the pit stop was good and as the race went on I found myself in third place. Then I spun and I got stuck in the run-off area. I climbed out of the car and as I was standing there the marshall somehow managed to pull the car into me and one of the front wheels bruised my right leg quite a bit.“
South African GP
“I lost hydraulic fluid because the active suspension oil cooler was split. Nothing would work after that and I came slowly back to the pits but there was nothing anyone could do. A very frustrating result.“
Brazilian GP
“Two points for the team is not bad. There are two ways to tackle a race in these conditions – to attack or to defend and stay on the track. The results to date, South Africa and Brazil, have not been brilliant. Under no circumstances could I have tolerated another negative result. I personally decided to run a safe race, banking on other driver errors rather than racing on the limit. I’m sure the car could have raced faster but mine was a tactical choice and at the end of the day, fifth place means two points. In these conditions you can feel content to have crossed the finishing line – it was terrible out there.“
European GP
“My engine stalled when I was bumped from behind at Tosa and spun. I tried to re-start, but that was it.“
San Marino GP
“The car was working well but since yesterday we have had a vibration problem. We had it again in the morning warm-up and we did not manage to solve it. My car was vibrating a lot at the end of the straight and I had a problem with my left front wheel. I chose not to push too hard at the start as I wanted to finish the race without changing my tyres because we had not solved the problem. We need to find more grip out of slow corners to be more competitive with the McLarens and, of course, we need traction control. All this will help the handling of the car. The result today is good for the team, a positive result for me and I am happy with it.“
Spanish GP
“I had an engine failure and there was very little warning. Going through Casino Square I felt something was wrong and when I got to Mirabeau the rear wheels had locked and that was it. The car had not felt particularly good since this morning and was jumping around a lot. It had become harder to drive so I decided to stop for tyres. Then I stalled in the pits and that cost me even more time. The car was better on the fresh set, but it continued to jump around.“
Monaco GP
“I lost a lot of time at the start and then found I was battling with Gerhard Berger. Then I lost control of the car and spun, breaking part of my front wing. After a pit-stop for a new nose and fresh tyres, cramp which had been bothering me for some time got worse and I did another nine laps, but I could not feel my right leg at all. I had no option but to stop and retire.“
Canadian GP
“I chose to take the spare car for the race as I did not feel very comfortable with my race car. I made a good start, but the car was difficult to drive with full tanks in traffic. But it improved as the load became lighter and I managed to pick up speed in the second part of the race. I had a problem when I was following Fittipaldi and he lifted off sooner than I thought he would and our wheels touched.“
French GP
“I am very pleased. It is the first race this year that I have enjoyed very much. The car went very well and it was very busy in the last part of the race after the Safety Car had been introduced because we were lapping cars. The team had a little bit of patience in the first part of the season when things did not come right for me. So I hope now it is a new start for the second half. I feel happy with today’s result.“
British GP
“The race went well with the first set of tyres. With my second set of tyres I had a problem in braking, locking my rear tyres. The car was jumping around and along the straight it was handling strangely. It’s difficult to analyse this afternoon because from the first set of tyres to the second things definitely got worse. It may have been a problem with the tyre pressure but without a doubt the car handled better during the first part of the race. At one point I went straight through the first chicane due to a rear wheel lockage – I braked without any other specific problems – the car was jumping around and I half spun but then I was fortunate to regain control and continue with the race. I took home two points which are no doubt a bonus.“
German GP
“I think when I am not feeling well, it brings me luck and today’s was a very good result for me. The car performed very well until 25 laps to go when I lost third gear and that was the most difficult part of the race. The gearbox, particularly going through neutral, was not very easy. So it was difficult for me to contain Gerhard when he was trying to come back. But I am delighted with this second place which is very good for the Camel Benetton Ford team.“
Hungarian GP
“I am really glad to see Camel Benetton Ford second in the world championship. We both tried our best but unfortunately had trouble at the start. I was 18th and had to fight the whole race to make up places and on top of that when I changed tyres I was in such a hurry that I spun on exiting the pit lane. I lost the advantage I had gained. I had to climb back to sixth and just take one point.“
Belgian GP
“I raced my spare car as I had a handling problem with my race car during the warm-up. The car was reasonable at the start but not how I would have liked it. It was OK, certainly better than my race car which had a problem this morning. I hadn’t used the spare until this morning. I was running fourth and stopped for tyres. Subsequently, the handling was very strange and I thought I had a puncture, so I came in again for another set of tyres, but in fact I didn’t have a puncture. There was a problem with the suspension system, which allowed the front of the car to go very low and in particular very low on one side, hitting the ground. This obviously made the car very difficult to drive and so I just settled for a finish and crossed the line fifth.“
Italian GP
“My start was not fantastic and I got held up in traffic. It is very difficult to overtake on this circuit. My car was running well and I was fighting with Warwick for eighth place when I tried to overtake him and locked my brakes. My car went straight on and Derek and I crashed as he was already turning into the corner.“
Portugese GP