But in 1992, we were still some way away from the computer-driven technology hubs the cars are today. The pedals were connected to their functions mechanically, rather than through sensors and electrical systems, and the gears were changed with a stick.
Riding onboard with a car from this era, the Benetton B192 in this case, in the hands of Michael Schumacher and Martin Brundle, it’s astonishing to see and hear just how raw these cars were. The gear shifts are so visceral, the revs rise and fall in jolts that you just know would kick you in the back if you were in the cockpit. And then there’s the engine sound itself, which is violently raw. It just sounds angry.