Unlike Nigel Mansell, who warmed to the FW14B rather fast, Riccardo Patrese preferred the original FW14. The more passive suspension in the chassis suited his style of driving far more, and granted hm better control over the car.
In 1992, Williams had a distinct advantage at practically every single circuit throughout the season. The legendary V10 Renault engine left every other competitor at the time in its wake, and took Mansell and Patrese to victory several times across the season.
Patrese, after qualifying for what would be his 234th Grand Prix, squeezed every ounce of performance possible out of his FW14B. It was in Mansell’s ‘T-Car,’ or training car, that Riccardo Patrese set his best qualifying time. The Italian qualified his FW14B alongside Nigel Mansell on the front row, 0.6 seconds ahead of Ayrton Senna’s McLaren-Honda.
During the 1992 German Grand Prix, Mansell and Patrese led the way into an exhilarating first corner scramble. Riccardo Patrese started stronger; however, Mansell would go on to do better. The incredibly experienced Patrese’s race was very nearly cut short by a potential crash with Senna, but both came away unscathed and unaffected. As the race continued, the Williams team gained more and more ground, which their rivals quite simply couldn’t match.