The Williams FW06 was the first car produced by the combination of Frank Williams and Patrick Head for their Williams Grand Prix Engineering Formula One team. As was the standard arrangement for the many small British garagiste teams, the car was powered by the Cosworth DFV 3.0 litre V8 engine.
It first took to the racetrack in the 1978 Argentine Grand Prix in the hands of Alan Jones, and a single car competed in all 16 rounds of the World Championship that season, finishing in the points 3 times including a second place at Watkins Glen.
The FW06 also saw service in the first 4 races of the 1979 season, with Clay Regazzoni joining Jones in the team. Jones finished in third place at Long Beach, but by now the car was being left behind by the ground effect cars of Lotus, Ligier, Tyrrell and others, and the car was replaced by the FW07. It appeared in the video game Formula One Championship Edition on PlayStation in the classic cars along with other classic cars including Lotus 49C, Lotus 72D, Cooper T51, Alfa Romeo 158 and Renault RS01.
|Year||Round||Country||Driver||Grid Pos||Finish Pos||Result|
|1978||1||Argentine Grand Prix||Alan Jones||14||20||Fuel system|
|1978||2||Brazilian Grand Prix||Alan Jones||8||11||+5 Laps|
|1978||3||South African Grand Prix||Alan Jones||18||4||Finished|
|1978||4||United States Grand Prix West||Alan Jones||8||7||+1 Lap|
|1978||5||Monaco Grand Prix||Alan Jones||10||16||Oil leak|
|1978||6||Belgian Grand Prix||Alan Jones||11||10||+2 Laps|
|1978||7||Spanish Grand Prix||Alan Jones||18||8||+1 Lap|
|1978||8||Swedish Grand Prix||Alan Jones||9||18||Wheel|
|1978||9||French Grand Prix||Alan Jones||14||5||Finished|
|1978||10||British Grand Prix||Alan Jones||6||22||Transmission|
|1978||11||German Grand Prix||Alan Jones||6||15||Fuel system|
|1978||12||Austrian Grand Prix||Alan Jones||15||20||Accident|
|1978||13||Dutch Grand Prix||Alan Jones||11||21||Throttle|
|1978||14||Italian Grand Prix||Alan Jones||6||13||+1 Lap|
|1978||15||United States Grand Prix||Alan Jones||3||2||Finished|
|1978||16||Canadian Grand Prix||Alan Jones||5||9||Finished|