“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 condence 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.”