December 7, 2023
Abacus sells a slate of documentaries from Award-Winning Producer Peninsula Television
This explosive Sky Original documentary featuring some of the biggest names in F1 follows Nigel Mansell and the Williams Racing team’s rise to fame told through the eyes of his team, family, and drivers such as Jenson Button, Damon Hill, and Karun Chandhok.
Nigel Mansell says: “Celebrating the 30th year of my World Championship by reuniting with Williams Racing and the iconic FW14B was amazing. Having the opportunity to drive Red 5 at Goodwood and revisiting some of the special moments of my career through making this documentary has been an incredibly nostalgic journey for me. I am excited to share my memories with the viewers and fans who have been a huge part of my racing career.”
James Vowles, Team Principal, Williams Racing says: “This is a very special documentary that takes a deep dive into both the rich history of the Williams team and the British hero that is Nigel Mansell. It’s great to hear from Nigel now as he looks back on his Formula 1 career and it offers a new perspective on the time for fans both old and new.”
Nigel Mansell grew up in Birmingham, England in the 1960’s, dreaming of becoming a professional race car driver, despite not having the financial means to be a part of a sport designed for the ultra-wealthy. But, with the support of his wife Roseanne, he sold everything and did whatever it took to realise his dream. By 1980 he was driving for Lotus Formula One.
Meanwhile Frank Williams was realising his own dream at the company he founded, Williams Grand Prix Engineering. Within just a few years of the team’s existence, it had already achieved the highest pinnacle of the sport, the Formula One Constructors Championship.
This documentary takes a deep look at both the driver and the car through the rebuild of the last FW14B, which has only ever been driven by Mansell. Thirty years later we break down what made this car so special and follow the journey of Mansell’s suspenseful, heart-breaking and ultimately victorious career and his last chance to become a world champion.
Director, Jim Wiseman says: “Making this documentary was a childhood dream come true. Like many millions of others, I lived through Nigel’s involvement with Williams growing up, sharing all the ups and downs on TV. Nigel was an absolute pleasure to interview; happy to talk so openly about his struggle to the top of the sport. Also, to have access to Williams Heritage Team and reunite Nigel with his most famous Williams F1 car was mind blowing.”
Williams and Mansell: Red 5 debuts on Sky Documentaries & NOW on Saturday 8 July at 5pm.
International sales will be handled by Abacus Media Rights.