1990 Hungarian Grand Prix: The Third Time's the Charm
By: Jeremy McMullen
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| On March 1st, 1992 Williams would debut its new FW14B. On the outside, it would appear no different than the previous year's car. But underneath Newey's design would be an array of technology that would start a revolution in Formula One. Complete with a semi-automatic gearbox, active suspension, anti-lock brakes and traction control, the FW14B was well ahead of its time and it would usher in technology that would be in use more than a decade later. It would dominate the 1992 season and give Nigel Mansell his one and only World Championship.
Less than nineteen months earlier, Williams would be floundering around the mid-pack with its two drivers Thierry Boutsen and Riccardo Patrese struggling to find form. However, on the 12th of August, at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Thierry Boutsen would be about to put together one of the most impressive performances ever seen in Formula One history.
The stories couldn't have been any more dissimilar. In 1992, Williams would dominate winning ten of sixteen races and Nigel Mansell starting from pole in fourteen of the sixteen. 1990, however, would see Williams pull off a surprise victory in the San Marino Grand Prix with Patrese at the wheel. Otherwise, the only other podium finishes the team would have, leading up to Hungary, would be a 3rd at the United States Grand Prix and a 2nd in the British Grand Prix, both earned by Boutsen. But something special was about to happen in Budapest and it was doubtful anyone actually realized it.
Coming into the race, the battle for the championship had tightened, but it in no way included either Boutsen or Patrese. After three straight wins by Alain Prost, Aryton Senna had recovered and managed to take the victory in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. Given the victory, and despite Prost's three-straight victories, Senna would actually lead the championship coming into Hungary. Thierry Boutsen would be a distant 4th tied with Nelson Piquet driving for Benetton, whom Boutsen had driven for a few years earlier.
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