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How Williams overcame its greatest F1 setback

The biggest challenge of Sir Frank Williams’ life struck in early 1986 when he suffered terrible injuries in a car crash on his way to the airport following a test at Paul Ricard. But with the kind of steely determination that characterised his whole approach to F1, Williams never let the disabilities hold him back – and he certainly never let it impact his team. In a tribute to the late F1 team boss, we revisit Damien Smith’s piece on how Williams recovered from that difficult period.

Sochi WTCR: Huff becomes 12th race winner in season finale

Rob Huff scored his first World Touring Car Cup victory of the season and became the 12th winner in 16 races in a thrilling wet-weather finale at Sochi. 

Sochi WTCR: Ehrlacher champion, Azcona scores first win of 2021

Yann Ehrlacher secured his second consecutive World Touring Car Cup title with a safe sixth place finish in race one at a sodden Sochi, as Mikel Azcona came from eighth on the grid to score his first win of the season.

France WTCR: Vernay wins to remain in title hunt Pau-Arnos
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France WTCR: Vernay wins to remain in title hunt

Jean-Karl Vernay reignited his World Touring Car Cup title hopes with a vital victory on home soil, beating fellow Frenchman Yvan Muller at Pau-Arnos.

Aragon WTCR: Vervisch delivers first win for new Audi Aragon
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Aragon WTCR: Vervisch delivers first win for new Audi

Frederic Vervisch won the second World Touring Car Cup race from pole at Aragon, while Gabriele Tarquini scored his first win in two years in the opening contest.

Estoril WTCR: Honda's Tassi wins as loose bonnet costs Monteiro
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Estoril WTCR: Honda's Tassi wins as loose bonnet costs Monteiro

Attila Tassi saved Honda’s blushes to score his first World Touring Car Cup victory after a loose bonnet cost Tiago Monteiro what had looked like a certain home win at Estoril.

Nurburgring WTCR: Vernay holds off Engstler for first Hyundai win

Jean-Karl Vernay headed new teammate Luca Engstler to win on his debut for Hyundai at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, after Honda veteran Tiago Monteiro won the reversed-grid WTCR season opener.

Nurburgring WTCR: Girolami takes Nordschleife pole

Nestor Girolami claimed his second successive World Touring Car Cup pole position on the Nurburgring Nordschleife after topping a dry 40-minute session at the opening round of the 2021 season.

The key mistakes behind a lost Williams title Prime
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The key mistakes behind a lost Williams title

Formula 1 history is full of should'ves, could'ves and would'ves, but it's easy to see 1991 as the greatest missed opportunity in the illustrious history of Williams, allowing Ayrton Senna to steal his last and perhaps greatest world championship title

Yann Ehrlacher crowned 2020 World Touring Car Cup champion 

Yann Ehrlacher became the youngest ever FIA touring car champion at a global level on Sunday by clinching the World Touring Car Cup in Aragon, as his uncle Yvan Muller completed a Cyan Racing team one-two at the top of the standings.

The start of McLaren's 21st century decline Prime

The start of McLaren's 21st century decline

At the turn of the century, McLaren seemed to have all the ingredients for lasting Formula 1 success. Instead, opportunities were missed and bridges were burned.

How McLaren recovered from its greatest tragedy Prime

How McLaren recovered from its greatest tragedy

The tragic death of Bruce McLaren could have initiated his young team's demise. But remarkably, and inspired by Bruce's own determination and grit, they gathered themselves and pushed on to greater glory.

The groundbreaking 4WD Formula 1 car Prime

The groundbreaking 4WD Formula 1 car

Years before Formula 1 teams entered into serious experiments with 4WD, one car had already brought the technology to the category - the Ferguson P99. It piqued Stirling Moss’s interest and took an unlikely victory.

The car that gave Senna his first taste of Formula 1 Prime

The car that gave Senna his first taste of Formula 1

An early 1980s Williams design has the honour of being both the first Formula 1 car tested by Ayrton Senna and the winner of one of the most famous Monaco Grands Prix. Damien Smith explains what makes the FW08C so special.

Ferrari special: How its greatest losses led to a new era Prime

Ferrari special: How its greatest losses led to a new era

From F1 Racing & Motorsport PRIME: Some said that romance in motor racing died with Ferrari darling Gilles Villeneuve in 1982. Six years later, Enzo himself was gone. On the 30th anniversary of that day, this is how Ferrari's legend only grew stronger in adversity.

How Benetton built a Ferrari empire Prime

How Benetton built a Ferrari empire

The Benetton B192 wasn't 1992's fastest Formula 1 car, but the brains behind it would go on to change the shape of the championship.

Why F1 needs to rethink endless expansion Prime

Why F1 needs to rethink endless expansion

More races, more entertainment, more money. That might well be a glimpse into Formula 1's near future, but is that really what fans want? And more importantly, is it really for the best?