This year marks the beginning of a very successful period for Williams-Renault. The FW14 is impressively quick from the outset, although it’s beset with reliability problems early in the year. Once the car finishes races, it’s a force to be reckoned with: Riccardo Patrese takes the team’s first win of the year in Mexico and there’s no looking back. Nigel Mansell goes on to win five races to Patrese’s two, and Mansell’s victory at Silverstone produces one of the most iconic images of the year. He gives Ayrton Senna, whose McLaren has run out of fuel, a lift back to the pits after the chequered flag. Behind the scenes, during 1990 and 1991 active ride suspension systems were being developed using test drivers Mark Blundell and Damon Hill. This work would result in the FW14B raced in 1992.
Engine: Renault V10
GPs Contested: 16
Fastest Laps: 8
Constructors Championship: 2nd, 125 points.
Drivers Championship: Mansell, 2nd; Patrese, 3rd
Either of the team’s 1-2 finishes, in Mexico and Germany.
DID YOU KNOW?
Riccardo Patrese’s victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix was the team’s 50th win.