Best features of 2012: Old star in a new car
Best of 2012: As part of AUTOSPORT's celebration of the incredible 1982 Formula 1 season, Karun Chandhok explained what it's like to drive a Williams from that year
Best features of 2012 revisited: As part of AUTOSPORT's celebration of Formula 1's epic 1982 season in the summer, F1 racer turned Le Mans driver Karun Chandhok wrote this column about his experience of trying out the Williams that took Keke Rosberg to the '82 title
Two years ago, I had the chance to drive a Williams FW08 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and naturally jumped at the chance. It was an eye-opening experience and a fantastic opportunity to have a taste of what grand prix racing was like three decades ago.
The first thing that hits you is how bloody dangerous they were. When I was sat in it, before I put the belts on, I could lean forward and reach the front tracking rods, which tells you a lot about the safety! I couldn't believe how far forward these guys were, relative to the front axle line, and how exposed they were in terms of side-impact protection. It's a bizarre feeling as a modern driver even to sit in one of these cars.
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