The FW12 was Williams’s first naturally aspirated car since the FW08 and FW08C used in the 1982 and 1983 season. Designed by Frank Dernie, the car featured a Judd CV 3.5 V8. In 1988 the car was unsuccessful for Williams after two years of domination with the FW12’s predecessor, the FW11 and FW11B, through use of the all-powerful V6 Honda turbo engine. The car was driven by Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese. Williams struggling with an uncompetitive car powered from non-turbocharged Judd V8 engines, and the car was also hampered in the first half of the season by the Williams FW12’s reactive suspension not working properly. It wasn’t until the British Grand Prix at Silverstone that Williams dumped the reactive suspension for a more conventional one and the FW12’s became competitive. British driver were able to score two second places during the season (in British and Spanish Grand Prixs), while Patrese started to score points regularly in the last few races of the 1988 season.
|Riccardo Patrese||6||Canon Williams Team|