To put a greater onus on driver skill, today’s F1 cars are no longer allowed to use clever electronic gadgetry to make the job of driving easier with launch control banned in 2004 and traction control outlawed in 2008.
But it wasn’t always the case, and there is no better example of that than Nigel Mansell’s electric dream machine that was the 1992 FW14B.
The active suspension system worked by computers changing the suspension settings and ride height for every bump in the road and every corner, meaning Mansell enjoyed the smoothest ride possible for over an hour and a half of intense racing.
ABS also meant that Mansell could stamp on his brakes without the fear of the dreaded lock-up that today’s drivers have to cope with should they misjudge their braking point into a corner.
The last piece of tech that made Mansell almost untouchable in 1992 was traction control, first developed for the F1 cars of the late '80s. With traction control, the car’s computer monitors the amount of power to the wheels and prevents unnecessary wheelspin.
Such technology is now commonplace in today’s modern road cars and something every driver is grateful for when driving in those tricky wintery conditions.