The FW16, designed by Adrian Newey for the British Williams team, competed in the 1994 Formula One season, with Williams winning the Constructor’s Championship, and British driver Damon Hill finishing runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship. The car was based on FW15 of the previous year, was powered by Renault RS6 3.5 V10 engine, and featured innovative wishbone rear suspension. After 6 years in McLaren, Ayrton Senna finally join the Williams team to drive the best performing car in the grid. Senna was assigned car number 2, with teammate Damon Hill running car number 0 due to Prost, who would have been assigned number 1 had he returned, retiring. In the first two races of the season, in Brazil and in Pacific Grand Prix, Senna took the pole position, but retired due to spin off and collision, respectively. Ayrton started the third race of the season, the San Marino Grand Prix with 20 points gap to the season leader, Michael Schumacher. Senna again placed the car on the pole, and retained the lead from his chief rival Michael Schumacher in the race, but proceedings were soon interrupted by a startline accident. After race resumed, his car left the racing line in Tamburello corner on lap 7, ran in a straight line off the track, and hit the concrete retaining wall at around 233 km/h killing the driver. Williams test driver David Coulthard took over Senna’s seat for the majority of 1994 and Williams got permission from Newman/Haas Racing to bring back Mansell at the French Grand Prix and the final three races of 1994 in Europe, Japan and Australia. Mansell was paid approximately £900,000 per race, compared to teammate Damon Hill being paid £300,000 for the entire season. Mansell took his final Grand Prix victory in Adelaide.
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