1992: NIGEL MANSELL

Model produced by: Paul’s Model Art (Minichamps)

Year: 1992
Driver: Nigel Mansell (Great Britain)
Team: Williams Renault
Car: Williams FW14B
Results: 9 wins, 12 podiums, 14 poles, 8 fastest laps

Alain Prost went onto a sabbatical year after he was fired by Ferrari. Otherwise major teams kept their drivers: McLaren with Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger, Williams with Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese.

The season was dominated by Nigel Mansell and the superior Williams FW14B, designed by Adrian Newey. Mansell started the year with five straight victories (a record equalled by Michael Schumacher in 2004). At Monaco, the sixth race of the season, he took pole and dominated much of the race. However, with seven laps remaining, Mansell suffered a loose wheel nut and was forced into the pits, emerging behind Ayrton Senna’s McLaren-Honda. Mansell, on fresh tyres, set a lap record almost two seconds quicker than Senna’s and closed from 5.2 to 1.9 seconds in only two laps. The pair duelled around Monaco for the final four laps but Mansell could find no way past, finishing just two tenths of a second behind the Brazilian.[15][16] Mansell was named Formula One Drivers’ Champion early in the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the eleventh round of that season, where his second place finish clinched the Drivers’ Championship, securing the title in the least number of Grands Prix since the 16-race season format started. This stood as a record until broken by Schumacher in 2002. Mansell also set the then-record for the most number of wins in one season (9) and highest number of pole positions (14).

Williams FW14B car was so successful that its successor (the FW15), which was already available at mid season in 1992, was never used.

In 1992 Schumacher took his place on the podium for the first time, finishing third in the Mexican Grand Prix. He went on to take his first victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, in a wet race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which by 2003 he would call “far and away my favourite track”.He finished third in the Drivers’ Championship in 1992 with 53 points, three points behind runner-up Patrese.

(Source: Wikipedia)

See Murray Walker’s portrait of Nigel Mansell

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