While F1 is still evaluating the regulations for its next power unit in 2026, which should have a strong focus on sustainable fuels, it is a strong symbol, linking the past and the future, that we will see on the track. of Silverstone this Sunday, on the sidelines of the F1 Grand Prix.
Indeed, on the English circuit, Sebastian Vettel will drive his own FW14B, the 1992 Williams that crowned Nigel Mansell… and the German will do so using carbon neutral fuels.
The Aston Martin F1 driver, very committed to ecology, also stresses that sustainable fuel « will make no difference » in the piloting of the Williams.
« I expect to have a lot of fun, and I hope people can share that fun, because it’s an amazing car, it has such a story, such a sound… I can’t wait to drive it! » »
“As for the fuel, it took some effort to find it, but once we found it it was very easy, it only took one shakedown to get it under control. »
« You’ll see it on Sunday, it’s no different than the car was 30 years ago. It’ll sound exactly the same, it’ll drive the same, and I won’t try to go to the absolute limit for a few laps, but I’ll try to enjoy it, which means going as fast as I can. feel comfortable, bearing in mind that this is my car. It may be a little different from a car that is just borrowed. »
Thus, it will not only be a question of nostalgia with this rolling: but also of ecology.
“It will be fun and it’s great to show people. Motorsport is our passion, it’s what we grew up with. I think the cars I dreamed of as a kid are different from some of the other drivers, but it’s important to find a way to do it responsibly in the future to keep those cars and the history alive. »
« At the end of the day, culture can be expressed in many ways, music, the arts, but our way of expressing ourselves is to drive cars, race cars, and it would be a shame if all of that went away. »
“It’s a way of keeping it alive and looking to the future, Formula 1 is heading in that direction in 2026, maybe sooner, but it is what it is for many reasons. I think it’s a great way to put it all together and have fun. »
Vettel behind the project
It was Sebastian Vettel himself who came up with the idea for this track, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Mansell’s title, much appreciated by Silverstone fans.
The German even bought the FW14B chassis in 2019, sold at Goodwood in 2019, for almost 2.5 million euros (the 08 chassis used in 13 of the 16 Grands Prix). Historical wink: the number of the Williams F1 was the one worn by Sebastian Vettel in F1, number 5.
« It was my idea, it’s my car, I bought the car for number five red. »
« Obviously I have the number five on my car, I won my first championship with the red five, although it was a bit smaller on our car at the time, but it was still the number five. I wore number five in karting, and I have number five now, so there is a connection. »
Sebastian Vettel once again shows his love and knowledge of F1’s past…
“The early 90s is the first memory I have of Formula 1, of this car and the years that followed. It was my idea, my initiative, and I thought that exactly 30 years after winning the championship, but also the British Grand Prix 30 years ago, it was a great idea. »
“But I also thought we had to do it responsibly, so I will be using carbon neutral fuels on Sunday to demonstrate that we can still hold on to our history, heritage and culture in motorsport. , but doing it more responsibly.
“So I’m really looking forward to driving the car for the first time and hearing the car, I think a lot of people will share that joy with me. »