Let me take you back it is 1992 – both Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese are vying for the F1 World Championship title, both fiercely competitive.
The FW14 was classic Adrian Newey design and first used in 1991 recording no less that seven victories under the technical direction of Patrick Head.
In 1992, the updated Williams FW14B arrived with active suspension, traction control, and semi-automatic transmission it was clear at the start of the year it was the most technically advanced car on the grid.
Nigel was faster with the new active technology, Adrian Newey once recalled that Nigel would set his cockpit settings in testing and then, on his in-lap he would change the knobs so that when Riccardo’s engineer checked his settings he would get them wrong. Nigel’s engineer David Brown was in on the secret, but Riccardo never knew. Nigel knew Patrese was his biggest threat and a serious rival and he set about beating him any way he could.
In 1992 the Williams FW14B was dominant throughout the season, with Mansell taking the first six poles from six races. As the season progressed it was clearly a two horse race in the fight for the title between Mansell and Patrese. It ended up being Nigel Mansell, but 1992 was to be the start of a run of success for Williams who went on to pick up a further two Constructor titles in 1993 and 1994.
Chassis #10 was instrumental in helping to achieve this success, it served as Nigel Mansell’s test & spare car (T-car) early on in the season, it was then raced in Monaco by Riccardo Patrese who qualified 2nd behind Mansell and finished third after a highly eventful race which saw Senna beat Mansell to the flag.
Chassis #10 was back on the grid at Magny Cour with Riccardo Patrese at the wheel, out qualified once again by Mansell. The two Williams blocked out the front row of the grid, but Patrese got ahead of Mansell in the early laps and led for most of the race. It was a particularly wet race, which was eventually stopped and restarted with Patrese still in the lead and defending. Patrese finally waved his teammate through to finish 2nd place behind Mansell.
The Japanese Grand Prix was Patrese and Chassis #10’s moment of glory, piloted by Patrese to a Formula 1 win, from a front row start. Mansell had already sewn up his Championship title by then, but Patrese got ahead of his team mate on lap 36 to take the flag for a Formula 1 win.
Chassis no 1- later became the test car for Damon Hill who as we know now was enroute to his World F1 title in 1996.
It is unlikely that Williams will be releasing any of the World Title winning cars, so it is an extremely rare opportunity to acquire Chassis #10 with such a rich history. Williams manufacturer success of 92, 93 & 94 may return yet – but for many fans this era remains the F1 glory days.
The car is offered directly from the Williams Private Collection in non-running show car format, and will be supplied with a complete and comprehensive history file containing photographs, engineering notes and other historic documentation from the Williams Archive along with a certificate of authenticity.
For more information visit: http://www.carsinternational.com/williams-heritage/fw14b-10/