Since Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks spearheaded Vanwall's charge to the inaugural Formula 1 constructors' crown of 1958, the badges of just 14 other teams have been affixed to the trophy. Ferrari (16), Williams (nine), McLaren (eight), Lotus (seven), Mercedes (seven) and Red Bull (four) account for some 51 of the 63 titles. Like it or loathe it, grand prix racing is a breeding ground for one-team supremacy. Seemingly, one unstoppable force is only usurped by the next. What is it then that creates these 'superteams'?
Once such 'superteam' was Williams, which enjoyed a meteoric rise from the ashes of the hand-to-mouth Frank Williams Racing Cars and then Wolf-Williams efforts to become the most potent squad of the early 1980s.
When co-founders Frank Williams and Patrick Head dispensed with March 761 machinery after the first season of the new-look team in 1977, in came genesis - the FW06. With Alan Jones as the sole driver, Williams wound up ninth in the points. But, as part of a two-pronged attack alongside the Australian, new recruit Clay Regazzoni scored the team's first win in the 1979 British Grand Prix. Polesitter and early leader Jones was eliminated by a cracked water pipe, and Regazzoni picked up the pieces at Silverstone aboard the FW07 in only the car's fifth race.