It's been a busy month for additions to the galleries this month thanks to Nick Forsythe's collection of images and we'll be updating the site with more soon, but today it's the turn of the Williams years, and specifically Riccardo's first full year with the team. Having been a stand-in for Nigel Mansell at the final race of the 1987 season Riccardo joined a Williams team in transition. They apparently had an existing contract to continue using the Honda turbo engines for 1988, but Honda decided to move to McLaren, leaving the team using the normally-aspirated Judd 3.5 V8 engine for one year before Renault came on board in 1989.

1988 was not a successful year. Partnered by Nigel Mansell who finished just two races (both in 2nd position), Riccardo managed five top six finishes in a season littered with retirements, but it was the beginning of a rewarding partnership for team and driver lasting five seasons.

 

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