F1 Car for Sale – 1990 Williams-Renault FW13B
This 1990 Williams Renault FW13B F1 Car is being offered for Auction at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed event that is running on June 26, 2015.
From the lot listing for this 90’s Williams F1 Car for sale:
Offered direct from the Williams Grand Prix Reserve Collection
The Ex-Thierry Boutsen, ex-Riccardo Patrese, 3rd place US Grand Prix
1990 Williams-Renault FW13B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. FW13B-07
Engine no. RS02 – 129
This particular car, chassis ‘FW13B-07′ was raced four times during 1990, being driven twice each by Thierry Boutsen and Riccardo Patrese. The best result for ’07’ came in the 1990 US GP in Phoenix, where Boutsen finished a fine 3rd behind the duelling Ayrton Senna and Jean Alesi.
At Interlagos, Brazil, Boutsen and Patrese qualified their FW13Bs 3-4, ahead of the Ferraris of Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost. In the race there, Boutsen’s aggressive style pressed Senna’s leading McLaren intensely until the 30th lap – when the Belgian driver locked the car’s brakes over a bump entering the pit lane, slid into Williams mechanic Richard Ford and then struck one of his own waiting fresh wheels. Ford was unharmed but the ’07’ required a new nose. Poor Boutsen finished 5th in a race he could well have won.
It was then Boutsen’s spare car in Canada, France, Britain, Germany, Belgium and Portugal, and Patrese’s spare in Mexico, Hungary, Italy and Spain, before he raced it in Japan and Australia.
At Suzuka he finished 4th, losing a podium place in a late stop for tyres. In Adelaide, he battled for 3rd place before an incident dropped him to 6th. Meanwhile, Patrese and Boutsen had won in sister FW13B cars at Imola and in Hungary.
The car is offered in excellent aesthetic condition, liveried as Canon Williams. It is effectively complete, save for the Magenti Marelli electrical boxes and, although the car is equipped with an extremely rare but genuine period Renault V10 engine, it is not currently running. It will however, be supplied with a certificate of authenticity signed by a senior team member and include a file of documentation including a representative selection of original engineering records and period photographs.
The Williams FW13 was a Formula One racing car used by the Williams team for the last four races of the 1989 Formula One season and, when updated as the FW13B, for the whole of the 1990 season.
For the 1990 season, the car was updated, becoming the FW13B. It featured revised sidepods and suspension upgrades, as well as Renault’s RS2 3.5 V10 engine. The FW13B proved fast and reliable, with Patrese and Boutsen winning one race each – Patrese at “home” in San Marino (the San Marino Grand Prix was actually run at the Imola Circuit in Italy as the small Republic of San Marino did not have enough land for a race circuit), and Boutsen in Hungary after also claiming pole position. In the latter race, Patrese completed an all-Williams front row, drove the fastest race lap and finished fourth, giving the team plenty to celebrate that weekend. However, the team fell to fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, behind Ferrari (with whom Alain Prost challenged for the Drivers’ Championship) and Benetton (which won the final two races of the season thanks to former Williams driver Nelson Piquet).
The general feeling around the F1 paddock was that the FW13B was the fastest car on the grid in 1990 and that the only thing holding it back from challenging McLaren and Ferrari more often was Williams’ not having a true number 1 driver, as both Boutsen and Patrese (particularly Boutsen) were seen as journeymen drivers. After French World Champion Alain Prost had announced he would be leaving McLaren at the end of 1989, he began talks with both Ferrari and Williams about driving for them in 1990. Frank Williams was hopeful of signing Prost (who ultimately chose Ferrari) and many felt that had Prost driven the FW13B in 1990 instead of either Boutsen or Patrese then the true potential of the car could have been reached.
PRICE: Auction Estimate – £90,000 – 120,000, US$ 140,000 – 180,000
Check out the auction Lot information at bonhams.com
Sold for £102,300 inc. premium