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The gizmo-laden Williams F1 car that allowed Prost to retire on top

Williams’s FW15C represented the pinnacle of the grand prix active suspension era. But although it was super-quick and gave Alain Prost his fourth world title, it was by no means all-conquering. As part of a series of features on the 1993 Formula 1 season 30 years on, we hear from some of its key engineering minds and driver Damon Hill

The Williams FW15C of 1993 was one of the most dominant Formula 1 cars of all time, at least in terms of pure one-lap pace. Between them, Alain Prost and Damon Hill secured pole position for 15 of the 16 races, losing out only at the finale in Australia. And yet somehow ‘only’ 10 were converted into race wins.

The man who made life so difficult on Sundays and who also took that stray pole in Adelaide was Ayrton Senna. The Brazilian conjured up five race victories for McLaren on days when either something went awry for Williams or his sheer brilliance allowed him to outperform a rival car that should have been quicker. In addition Michael Schumacher, building up the momentum with Benetton that would see him win the title in 1994, also managed to steal a victory from the clutches of Williams.

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