The story of this car goes back to Iso-Marlboro IR raced by Frank Williams Racing Cars in 1973. The car was designed by John Clarke, featured aluminum monococque with Ford Cosworth DFV engine as a fully stressed member. After backers Iso and Marlboro left before the 1974 season, the slightly revised car was renamed the Iso–Marlboro FW. Two chassis (“01” and “02”) were built in 1973, and new third “03” was completed in 1974. The three remaining FW chassis were renamed the Williams FW for 1975, and revised by Ray Stokoe. They were resdesignated the FW01, FW02 and FW03 despite being of the same type. The FW01 (the original IR chassis “01”) was used as a spar car only, the FW02 raced for the first three races of the season, and FW03 continued to be used in all remaining European rounds alongside with new FW04 model which was ready for the Spanish Grand Prix. Frank Williams usually entered two cars for each race. One seat was guaranteed to Jacques Laffite. Second driver Arturo Merzario left the team after Belgian Grand Prix, and the second FW03 was subsequently driven by drivers hired on one race deals. It was the usual practice for Frank Williams those days. That was the time when Frank Williams hired and fired more drivers than mechanics. Between 1973 and 1976, 27 drivers drove his cars in WDC races. Damien Magee from Northern Ireland was among the many one-time Williams drivers and took the seat of FW03 for the Swedish Grand Prix 1975 and finished 14th in this race 2 laps behind the winner. Magee competed in Formula 3, Formula 5000, Formula Ford 2000 and North American Formula Atlantic before. His final opportunity in F1 was one-time drive for RAM Racing in Holland next year. In 1976 the Ulsterman had finally managed to secure a regular drive, racing a Cosworth GA-powered March 751 in the Shellsport Group 8 series for Hexagon Racing. Magee won rounds two and three of the series (in Snetterton and Oulton Park) and survived a big accident at Snetterton. Magee finished the year as runner-up behind David Purley but retired from racing at the end of 1977 after another couple of British G8 starts.
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