Canon Williams Honda Team – 137(1)
198761(2)5Nigel MansellFW11BRA166-E/167-G
 0(0)5Ricardo Patrese
 73/76(1)6Nelson Piquet

This year’s championship was between just two men, the Williams pairing of Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet.

Tensions ran high between the two drivers Piquet saying “We have nothing in common. He is British. I am Brazillian He is Anglo-Saxon, I’m Latin. He sticks to one girl. I like lots”. Mansell replied “We have no relationship whatsoever, not even a professional one.” And, as usual, team boss Frank Williams summed up the situation with his usual dry wit “It’s not true that they don’t like each other – they hate each other!”

Nelson Piquet wins first time out in Williams’ Active suspension car. By the time of the Spanish Grand Prix Williams had sewn up the constructors championship.

Nigel Mansell’s challenge on the championship ended at 14:40 on the Friday before the Japanese Grand Prix as he hit a wall putting him out for the rest of the season.

Ricardo Patrese took Mansell’s place for the final race of the season finishing 5th , one place of the champion Piquet.

This race was also to be Williams final race with Honda as engine supplier.


YearRoundCountryDriverGrid PosFinish PosResult
19871Brazilian Grand PrixNigel Mansell16+1 Lap
19871Brazilian Grand PrixNelson Piquet22Finished
19872San Marino Grand PrixNigel Mansell21Finished
19872San Marino Grand PrixNelson Piquet026Injury
19873Belgian Grand PrixNigel Mansell114Accident
19873Belgian Grand PrixNelson Piquet217Exhaust
19874Monaco Grand PrixNigel Mansell121Turbo
19874Monaco Grand PrixNelson Piquet32Finished
19875Detroit Grand PrixNigel Mansell15+1 Lap
19875Detroit Grand PrixNelson Piquet32Finished
19876French Grand PrixNigel Mansell11Finished
19876French Grand PrixNelson Piquet42Finished
19877British Grand PrixNigel Mansell21Finished
19877British Grand PrixNelson Piquet12Finished
19878German Grand PrixNigel Mansell112Engine
19878German Grand PrixNelson Piquet41Finished
19879Hungarian Grand PrixNigel Mansell114Wheel
19879Hungarian Grand PrixNelson Piquet31Finished
198710Austrian Grand PrixNigel Mansell21Finished
198710Austrian Grand PrixNelson Piquet12Finished
198711Italian Grand PrixNigel Mansell23Finished
198711Italian Grand PrixNelson Piquet11Finished
198712Portuguese Grand PrixNigel Mansell224Electrical
198712Portuguese Grand PrixNelson Piquet43Finished
198713Spanish Grand PrixNigel Mansell21Finished
198713Spanish Grand PrixNelson Piquet14Finished
198714Mexican Grand PrixNigel Mansell11Finished
198714Mexican Grand PrixNelson Piquet32Finished
198715Japanese Grand PrixNigel Mansell027Accident
198715Japanese Grand PrixNelson Piquet515Engine
198716Australian Grand PrixRiccardo Patrese79Oil leak
198716Australian Grand PrixNelson Piquet311Brakes

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