“After Frank Williams had his road-car accident, everything turned to shit. Me and Mansell should have been working together to develop the active suspension, but it turned into a big ght. I tried to leave mid-season. In 1987 it was just ridiculous. He would always take these crazy risks. In those days you had to conserve the tyres, the fuel and the brakes and it was important to take it easy to get to the nish.
“I had a big accident early in 1987. I didn’t want the team to take me out of the car so I lied, but I actually lost my depth of vision. That’s why I was so bloody slow and why Mansell was quicker than me the rest of the season.”
“Honda were at their responsive and creative best in 1987, and Patrick Head was in total command at Didcot, managing not only the B-version of the excellent 1986 car but also Honda development.
“We had great sponsors and two very fast drivers. Nelson was number one but Frank had neglected to tell Nigel that he was number two. Nelson was polished and savvy; Nigel was a belligerent artist. Thus we tiptoed between the two. Nelson won on points – but the title, on pace, should have been Nigel’s: a broken exhaust cost us nine points at Monaco and a loose wheel nut a certain one-two in Hungary.”
Nelson Piquet: Peter Windsor (Williams manager of sponsorship and public affairs in 1987):