Fans of this weekend’s British Grand Prix will be in for an extra treat this Sunday as Sebastian Vettel will hit the circuit in Nigel Mansell’s Williams FW14B for a demo race at Silverstone, 30 years after Mansell earned a famous victory on the track.
In Mansell’s hands, the active ride car was dominant in the 1992 season and the mustachioed Englishman won nine Grands Prix throughout the year on his way to the World Championship, including the British Grand Prix where he qualified in pole with a staggering lead of 1.919 seconds. of his partner Ricardo Patrese.
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A big fan of F1 history, Vettel bought the famous ‘red five’ car, named for Mansell’s racing number stamped in red on the nose cone, two years ago and decided that a demo race at Silverstone would be the ideal way to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Mansell’s triumph to please the crowd.
“I hope to have a lot of fun and I hope that people can share in that fun, because I think it’s an amazing car, the history of the car, the way it sounds. So I’m looking forward to it,” Aston Martin driver Vettel said ahead of this weekend’s event.
“It was my idea, it’s my car, I bought the car a few years ago because it’s ‘red five’, that means a little more than a car from 30 years ago. Obviously I have the number five on my car, I won my championship with the red five, even if it was a bit smaller in our car, I used the number five a lot in karting, and now I have the number five. , so there is a link there.
“And I think the first 90 are the [earliest] memories I have of Formula 1: the first memories are that car and the years after. So it was my idea and I thought exactly 30 years after he won the championship in 1992 and the British Grand Prix, it was a great idea.
But as well as looking to the past, environmentalist Vettel is also making a statement about the future with his demo race, as the car will run on sustainable fuels, with Formula 1 set to move to 100% sustainable fuels in 2026.
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“I also thought we had to do it responsibly, so we will use carbon neutral fuels on Sunday to show that we can still hold on to our history, heritage and culture in motorsport, but do it responsibly. ,” He explained.
“It was a bit difficult to find the fuel, but once we found it, it was actually very easy, it only took a shakedown to get through.
“You will see it on Sunday, it is no different than the car was 30 years ago, it will sound exactly the same, it will drive exactly the same.
“I won’t try to go to the absolute limit in a couple of laps, but I will try to enjoy it, which means going as fast as I feel comfortable, considering it’s my car!
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“Motorsport is all our passion, it is what we grew up with. I think the cars I dreamed of as a kid may be different than some of the other drivers, but it’s important to find a way we can do it responsibly to keep these cars and history alive.
“You can express culture in many ways: music, art, but our way of expressing ourselves is driving cars, car racing, and it would be a shame if all of that disappeared, and I think it’s a way of keeping it alive. And looking ahead, Formula 1 is heading in that direction in 2026. [when F1 will be using 100% sustainable fuel] and I think it’s a great way to put it all together and have fun.”