And so it was Regazzoni, in his 122nd Grand Prix start, who went on to secure an historic win for Williams, taking fastest lap with it. Second went to the Renault of René Arnoux, 24s adrift, with Jean-Pierre Jarier taking his second podium finish of the year for Tyrrell.
Some 38 years later, Frank Williams’ eponymous team has gone on to score another 113 wins, another 127 poles and another 132 fastest laps, as well as Drivers’ titles for Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve. The team has also secured nine Constructors’ crowns.
And it all started on that Saturday afternoon at Silverstone in 1979.
British Grand Prix, 1979
1. Clay Regazzoni (CH) – Williams FW07-Cosworth, 68 laps
2. René Arnoux (F) – Renault RS10, 68 laps
3. Jean-Pierre Jarier (F) – Tyrrell 009-Cosworth, 67 laps
4. John Watson (GB) – McLaren M29-Cosworth, 67 laps
5. Jody Scheckter (ZA) – Ferrari 312T4, 67 laps
6. Jacky Ickx (B) – Ligier JS11-Cosworth, 67 laps
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