1993

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

“The am­bi­ence within the team that year was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, but the sea­son was a lit­tle tricky be­cause of the ght with Ayr­ton and all the pol­i­tics.

“I wouldn’t say the ’93 car was an easy car to drive, be­cause it’s never easy. It wasn’t the best car in terms of feed­back be­cause of the ac­tive sus­pen­sion, and I could not set the car up the way I was used to.

“The sea­son-opener in South Africa was my best win for Wil­liams be­cause I’d had a sab­bat­i­cal in 1992 and it was my rst race back. I was third at one stage, but ended up win­ning the race and that was very im­por­tant for me, Wil­liams and the Re­nault peo­ple. It gave them condence that I was back.”

“This was a happy year. We’d come off the back of a cham­pi­onship­win­ning year, so it was great to see from the rst race that the car was still ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive. We had two new driv­ers, but nei­ther felt like a ‘new boy’. Da­mon had been our test driver and Alain, as a triple world cham­pion, had noth­ing to prove.

“Alain had a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing po­lit­i­cal and Wil­liams was not a po­lit­i­cal team – but we need not have wor­ried. From the day he walked into the team, he never showed any sign of that. The driv­ers got on well and we had the per­fect tech­ni­cal pair­ing of Pa­trick Head and Adrian Newey, who were de­void of egos and had a very di­rect way of deal­ing with driv­ers.”

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