Vettel bought Nigel Mansell's championship-winning Williams FW14B

An amazing acquisition and a surefire investment

When it comes to Formula 1, things aren't looking too bright for Sebastian Vettel at the moment. The four-time world champion is going to leave Ferrari at the end of the season and since he doesn't have a championship-winning car on the track, he decided he should at least buy one to put in his garage. So he did. He bought a Williams.

This is no ordinary Williams, it's the championship-winning 1992 FW14B, designed by Adrian Newey, current chief technical officer of Red Bull F1, and driven by Riccardo Patrese and Nigel Mansell. The FW14 was first introduced in 1991 and it made its debut at the United States Grand Prix in Arizona the same year. On June 16, 1991 the FW14 recorded its first win at the Mexican GP with Riccardo Patrese at the wheel and it won six races in total in the 1992 season, finishing in second place in the constructors' championship with 125 points.

In 1992, Mansell won five consecutive races in the first five GPs at the wheel of the FW14B and four more during the rest of the season. The upgraded 1992 FW14B, which was faster and better than the 1991 FW14 it replaced, won the Constructors' title and also gave Nigel Mansell his only F1 championship.

Vettel added this Renault V10-powered to his collection for an undisclosed sum. Seb has always kept his life outside the paddock as private as possible and the same can be said about his car collection. Aside from the Williams you see here, he owns at least one of his four title-winning Red Bull F1 cars and he is also rumoured to have bought Luciano Pavarotti's Ferrari F40.

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Comments (15)

  • Yes! It was engineered by the same person who made the AM Valkyrie 26 years later.

      21 days ago
  • The 15C from 1993 is the peak I think but the 14B is still legendary.

      21 days ago
    • The 15C was not just the most advanced, but also the most automated car from the history F1. It was banned with a good reason...

        21 days ago
    • I think the 14B was faster relative to the competition in 92 than the 15C in 93, but the 15C was more reliable with a lower number of DNF's.

        21 days ago
  • The active suspension on that car is still classified by Williams because if it EVER became legal again they would use that system....which is surprising!

      19 days ago
  • This car was dominant in 1992. But I think the Fly Saudia cars are better looking.

      21 days ago
  • Nice! Well done Mr. V! What a beautiful car and now that the Williams family is stepping away from the sport this is a collector's dream. Hopefully you will find a lucky show&drive museum home for this important part of motorsports history.

      21 days ago
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