Introduced at the United States Grand Prix, the Williams-Renault FW14 was the first car penned by Adrian Newey in his new team. The race car was a major upgrade, with a series of innovations: semi-automatic gearbox, steering wheel-mounted controls, more refined and smoother aerodynamic features and the formidable V10 RS3 engine…
After a disappointing start to the season, Williams and Renault worked on improving the reliability of the new gearbox. Once this process was complete, the FW14 was then able to express its full potential and it also proved to be the most sophisticated car on the grid in terms of its electronics. It had a highly efficient active suspension system, traction control and an anti-lock braking system.
Very quickly, Nigel Mansell began to win races and would soon challenge Ayrton Senna for the title. Although it turned out that too many points had been lost at the start of the season to close the gap, the second attempt would prove to be successful.
In 1992, the Williams FW14B had an even more efficient active suspension system and even more radical aerodynamics! Nigel Mansell took pole position and crossed the line first in the opening five races, with his team-mate Riccardo Patrese runner-up on four of those occasions. The introduction of the RS4 unit marked another major step forwards and whilst Renault’s V10 engine won its first world championship at the end of the year, Nigel Mansell claimed the drivers’ title.
Buoyed by this success, Renault went on to win five drivers’ titles and six constructors’ championships between 1992 and 1997.