Here are some my favourites – the most historically interesting cars and the nicest models.
Have you got a Formula 1 related collection – models, programmes, posters…
Alain Prost Williams-Renault, 1993
Alain Prost had a substantial technical advantage in the Williams-Renault FW15 when he won his fourth and final title in 1993. It was an Adrian Newey-designed aerodynamically effective rocket, packed with technological innovation.
Damon Hill Brabham, 1992
In 1992 Brabham were in their death throes, and Williams test driver Damon Hill was promoted to the race team in place of the sport’s last female driver, Giovanna Amati. The ghastly pink paint scheme did nothing to improve the car’s ugly appearance.
Nonetheless, Hill got the car into that year’s British Grand Prix and finished, six laps behind Nigel Mansell.
Ferrari F2002, 2002
The Ferrari F2002 won both championships and was one of the most successful cars of all time. But Ferrari improved on the stunning success of that season two years later with the wickedly fast F2004.
Gillles Villeneuve Ferrari, 1982
The Ferrari 126C2 was an attractive car – but a dangerous creation. With skirts down the side to generate ground effects and a V6 turbo engine it won the constructors’ championship but not the drivers’.
Gilles Villeneuve was killed in the car at Zolder in Belgium, then later in the season Didier Pironi almost destroyed both his legs in a similar crash at the Hockenheimring. By the end of the season Mario Andretti and Patrick Tambay were doing the driver, despite the car’s vicious handling injuring Tambay’s back.
Jacques Villeneuve BAR, 1999
The first BAR was nothing if not conspicuous. After a row with the FIA in which they were blocked from running the two cars in different liveries, the two colour schemes were clashed together creating the worst paint job until this year’s Renault.
The car was a dog as well – usually off the pace and exceptionally unreliable. It didn’t score a point all season.
Jacques Villeneuve, BMW, 2006
Seven years later Villeneuve was on his way out of Formula One, BMW squeezing him aside in favour of Pole Robert Kubica halfway through the season.
Johnny Herbert Benetton, 1989
Despite suffering a terrible crash in F3000 at Brands Hatch in 1988, Johnny Herbert bravely made his F1 debut at Jacarepagua in Brazil the following year, despite still being in tremendous pain.
The car was a beauty too, bearing one of the most attractive colour schemes even seen in F1.
Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren, 2005
Today it bears more than a passing resemblance to the 2007 Red Bulls and Toro Rossos. That is, of course, because they share the same designer in Adrian Newey. His characteristic taut, sweeping curves gave it elegance – and speed.
Mika Hakkinen Lotus, 1991
The underfunded Lotus team was not the best place for any driver to make a debut, and Mika Hakkinen struggled to make an impact in his first Grand Prix season.
Nigel Mansell Williams, 1987
One of the all-time greatest turbo cars. The Williams packed Honda power and stormed to both championships in 1987. But, because boss Frank Williams wouldn’t take Saturo Nakajima on board for 1988, Honda took their engines off to McLaren and Williams spent a year in the doldrums,
Yet another of the tiny teams that briefly appeared and quickly went to the wall in the early 1990s.
The famous P34 six-wheeler that won only one race, but passed into F1 lore for its dramatically ungainly appearance.