A new Sky Original documentary charting the iconic partnership between Nigel Mansell and Williams Racing will debut on Saturday, July 8th.
‘Williams and Mansell: Red 5′ will make its debut on Sky Documentaries and NOW at 5pm (on Saturday 8th July). Qualifying for the British Grand Prix is scheduled to conclude just 15 minutes beforehand.
Directed by James Wiseman and described as an “explosive documentary”, Sky says the program will “feature some of the biggest names in F1″ and “follow Nigel Mansell and the Williams Racing team’s rise to fame, through the eyes of his team, family, and drivers such as Jenson Button, Damon Hill, and Karun Chandhok.”
Nigel Mansell – whose waxwork model recently made an amusing appearance in the second episode of Grand Tour season five – grew up in Birmingham, in the 1960s and dreamed 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. However, 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 reached the highest pinnacle of the sport, the Formula One Constructors Championship.
The two joined forces with Frank knowing that Nigel had what it took to win a 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 this documentary breaks down what made this car so special and follows the journey of Mansell’s suspenseful, heart-breaking, and ultimately victorious career and his last chance to become a world champion.
The Latest is an Excellent Line of F1 Documentaries
‘Williams and Mansell: Red 5′ is the latest Sky documentary looking at a Formula 1 hero of the past. In March ‘Villeneuve Pironi: Racing’s Untold Tragedy’ made its debut on Sky Original.
In January, Discovery released Lucky! – an eight-part series documenting the extraordinary story of Bernie Ecclestone’s meteoric rise from post-war car dealer to the creation and 50-year reign over the cutthroat world of Formula 1.
A month earlier Sky had delivered another insightful Formula 1 documentary. The feature-length ‘Stewart’ used charming unseen footage to chronicle Sir Jackie Stewart’s rise from humble beginnings to claiming three World Drivers’ Championship titles.
The 2023 Formula One season continues this weekend with a Sprint weekend for the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Qualifying begins at 4pm on Friday 30th June, The Sprint Race is at 3.30pm on Saturday and the Grand Prix is set for lights out on Sunday at 2pm.