Tech secrets of a Formula 1 legend

Tech secrets of a Formula 1 legend

It's 25 years since the Williams FW14B and its active ride programme left the rest of the Formula 1 field standing. Patrick Head and Nigel Mansell recount the stories behind its creation and development

Twenty-five years ago Williams built what would become one of the most dominant Formula 1 cars that grand prix racing has ever seen, allowing Nigel Mansell to seal the 1992 title at the 11th of 16 rounds - a record for early-clinching that has only been bettered once, by Michael Schumacher's 2002 triumph for Ferrari.

The Williams FW14B was overseen by technical director Patrick Head and chief designer Adrian Newey, but it's worth recalling too that on his first stint with Williams a young Paddy Lowe also played a key role as head of the active ride programme. It was an impressive array of talent.

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