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1992 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
Champion Constructor: Williams Renault (GB,GB,5,5)
Putative Constructor: Williams Renault (GB)
Champion Driver: Nigel Mansell (GB,1,1)
Putative Driver: Nigel Mansell (GB)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model FW14B, 3.49-liter, ten-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, six-speed semi-automatic, ventilated carbon ceramic disc brakes, carbon fibre/aluminum honeycomb monocoque, active double wishbone independent suspension, traction control, 805 horsepower (Patrick Head, Adrian Newey).

The FIA reintroduces the Safety Car in 1992 to control in-race caution conditions . The Williams FW14B, one of the greatest constructions of all time, thunders its way to a fifth constructors' championship in behind driver Nigel Mansell and his unprecedented nine season victories. Mansell, the first Briton to snare the drivers' title since James Hunt in 1976, wins an unprecedented five consecutive races from season onset, and takes six contests with wire-to-wire performances. F1 returns to Kyalami for the first time since 1985 and the formal end of apartheid in March. Future F1 champion Damon Hill makes his debut at Barcelona in May. Nigel Mansell inexplicably alienates Williams and a host of F1 enthusiasts after his post spin tirade against the press at Montréal in June. Nigel Mansell clinches the drivers' crown at the Hungaroring in August, the earliest such point during the modern F1 era. Future F1 star Michael Schumacher collects his maiden victory with a fabulous run in the wet at Spa in August. Williams abruptly dumps pending F1 drivers' champion Nigel Mansell in favor of idle Alain Prost at Monza in September. Honda announces plans to withdraw from Formula 1 racing at season end. Racing Evolution: Traction control (Williams). Departures: Denis Hulme, 56, b. Montueka, New Zealand 1936, d. heart attack, Bathurst 1000, Australia, October.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Williams Renault204     Mansell147
McLaren Honda119     Patrese73
Benetton Ford109     Schumacher M65
Scuderia Ferrari23     Senna A62
Lotus Ford13     Berger58
Tyrrell Ilmor8     Brundle M44

Noteworthy 1992 Races

1992 L Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1992 1992 L Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the fiftieth running of the Grand Prix (259.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a British McLaren MP4-7A Honda under Ayrton Senna (BR) in 1:50:59.4 (average 87.19 mph), under a second (.215) ahead of a Williams driven by Nigel Mansell. Senna moves out front after race leader Mansell stops for service to address a loose rear wheel with eight laps remaining, and then effectively blocks his opponent with deft skill over the closing laps for his fourth consecutive victory at Monte Carlo and fifth for his career, matching the great Graham Hill. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1992 LXIII Gran Premio d'Italia Monza, Italy1992 1992 LXIII Gran Premio d'Italia At Monza for the Grand Prix of Italy (307.5 kilometers) in September, a British McLaren MP4-7A Honda under Ayrton Senna (BR) takes race honors in 1:18:15.3 (average 146.45 mph), under eighteen seconds ahead of a Benetton entry. Senna moves out front after race leader Riccardo Patrese in his Williams suffers hydraulic failure with only four laps remaining. Pending 1992 drivers' champion Nigel Mansell stuns the motorsport world after announcing his surprising ouster from Williams and his plans to race in America on the following season. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.