Here we are! Number one on our countdown, the most iconic livery of the 1990’s is the yellow and blue, camel and canon sponsored Williams FW14b, specifically, ‘Red 5’. In the hands of Nigel Mansell ‘Red 5’ rocketed to 9 victories and the world drivers and constructors title.
1) Canon Williams Renault FW14b
The FW14b is maybe not the most obvious choice for a number one of this list and sure, there were cars that were probably prettier. Cars like the Jordan 191, the Ferrari F412 T2 and Arrows A19 were better looking cars but we’re talking iconic, not just eye catching and what’s more iconic that ‘our Nige’ in ‘Red 5’?
Reader’s of a certain age will fondly remember the iconic scenes on Silverstone ’92 with Nigel winning and the crowd breaking ranks and flooding the circuit, so much so that Mansell had to abandon his car and get a lift back to the pits.
1992 was a season of iconic moments with Silverstone just one of many that included the comeback drive in Hungary to win the championship, the sheer domination he showed in qualifying all year and the video above, Mansell vs Senna around the streets of Monaco.
The year was a Williams white wash and even the might of Senna and Mclaren couldn’t stop the domination of the yellow and blue cars. The Adrian Newey designed active suspension car was in a class of it’s own, so much so that when the new car was ready (The Williams FW15) it was held back until 1993. There simply was no need for it!
So, there you have it. The most iconic Formula 1 livery of the 1990’s, the Williams Renault FW14b, ‘Red 5’.