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Nigel Mansell

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Nigel Mansell

British racing driver who won both the Formula One World Championship and the CART Indy Car World Series add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1953.

Countries: (23%), United Kingdom (18%), Italy (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Formula One, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost

Linked to: Scuderia Ferrari, Williams F1, Canon, Ford Motor Company

 

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Nigel Mansell was born in 1953 add something


1956

Fernando Alonso - At the start, Alonso got ahead of Massa to move up to second and later on in the race, leader Vettel had an engine problem and dropped to fourth and Alonso won the race, becoming the fifth man to win on his debut for Ferrari after Juan Manuel Fangio in 1956, Mario Andretti in 1971, Nigel Mansell in 1989, and Kimi Räikkönen in 2007


1970

Australian Grand Prix - The sister Williams of the 41-year-old Nigel Mansell went on to win the race, becoming the oldest Grand Prix winner since Jack Brabham in 1970


1976

In 1976, Mansell won 6 of the 9 races he took part in, including his debut event at Mallory Park add something


1977

He entered 42 races the following year and won 33 to become the 1977 British Formula Ford champion, despite suffering a broken neck in a qualifying session at Brands Hatch add something


1980

His driving was noticed by Colin Chapman, owner of Lotus, and shortly after his accident, hiding the extent of his injury with painkillers, Mansell performed well enough during a tryout at the Paul Ricard circuit with Lotus, where he was pitted against a number of other drivers to determine who was going to take the second seat for the 1980 season alongside Mario Andretti, as Argentinean Carlos Reutemann was leaving to go to Williams add something

 

Alain Prost - During the 1980s and early 1990s, Prost formed a fierce rivalry with mainly Ayrton Senna, but Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell

 

Mario Andretti - In 1980, he was paired with the young Italian Elio de Angelis, and briefly with test driver Nigel Mansell, but the team was again unsuccessful


1982

As a result of the gestures such as the above, Mansell became very close to Chapman and was devastated by his sudden death in 1982 add something

 

McLaren - In , the Williams team were resurgent with their Honda engine and drivers Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet, whilst at McLaren, Lauda's replacement, 1982 champion Keke Rosberg couldn't gel with the car

 

Michael Schumacher - Schumacher's surprise re-entry to the sport was compared to Niki Lauda's return in 1982 aged 33 and Nigel Mansell's return in 1994 at age 41


1984

In 1984, Mansell finished in the championship top 10 for the first time, and took his first career pole position add something

 

Keke Rosberg - The Finn had a new team mate in Nigel Mansell and the all carbon fibre Williams FW10 chassis was a big improvement over the FW09B. For the first few races the team used the 1984 engines until Honda introduced an upgraded version which improved power delivery, fuel economy and most importantly, reliability


1985

Lotus 97T - Lotus' major coup for 1985 was signing rising star Ayrton Senna from the Toleman team to replace long time team driver Nigel Mansell who had signed with Williams


1986

His efforts in 1986 led to his being voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year add something

 

Mansell was awarded the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year in both 1986 and 1992 add something

 

Rosberg, the World Champion who was heading into his fourth season with the team, was initially against Williams signing Mansell based on the clash the pair had at Dallas the previous year , and what Rosberg later said in a 1986 interview was second hand information about Mansell which ultimately proved to be false add something

 

The 1986 season went right down-to-the-wire in Adelaide for the Australian Grand Prix with Prost, Piquet and Mansell all still in contention for the title add something

 

Unperturbed by Piquet's mind games, Mansell went on to record five Grand Prix wins in 1986 and played part in one of the closest finishes in Formula One history, finishing second to Ayrton Senna in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez by a mere 0,014 seconds add something

 

Portuguese Grand Prix - From 1986, the race was held in what would become its traditional date, in the penultimate week of September; this race was won by Briton Nigel Mansell

 

German Grand Prix - The 1986 event was one where a number of the leaders ran on fumes at the very end; top 3 drivers Piquet, Senna and Prost were all running out of fuel and although Brazilians Piquet and Senna finished 1-2, Prost finished 6th after his car was completely drained of fuel; and 3rd place was taken by Briton Nigel Mansell

 

Spanish Grand Prix - The track, the Circuito Permanente de Jerez, was finished in time for the 1986 championship, which saw a furious battle between Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell, with the two cars finishing side by side

 

Ron Dennis - Williams' unwillingness to accept a Japanese driver in place of Nigel Mansell, as well as their displeasure with Williams team management for losing the 1986 Drivers' title, led Honda to transfer their engine supply to the McLaren team


1987

Alain Prost - Despite Nelson Piquet winning the Drivers' Championship and Williams winning the Constructors' Championship, Honda decided not to supply the team with their engines, partly due to Williams' refusal to dump Nigel Mansell and hire Japanese driver and Honda test driver Satoru Nakajima , and instead supplied the McLaren team for 1988

 

Riccardo Patrese - Toward the end of the 1987 season, Patrese was given the chance to revitalise what seemed to be a declining career when the Williams driver Nigel Mansell was injured whilst qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix


1988

Mansell developed chickenpox in the summer of 1988 and after a competitive drive in the very hot conditions of the 1988 Hungarian Grand Prix the illness became even worse, forcing him to miss the next two Grands Prix add something

 

Mansell would complete only two of the fourteen races in which he appeared in 1988, both being podium finishes add something

 

In preparation for the season, Mansell became the last Ferrari driver to be personally selected by Enzo Ferrari before his death in August 1988, an honour Mansell described as "one of the greatest in my entire career" add something


1989

Enzo Ferrari presented a 1989 Ferrari F40 as a gift to Mansell add something

 

Mansell believed that 1989 would be a development year and that he would be able to challenge for the championship the following season add something

 

Jenson Button - Button's win bettered Nigel Mansell's 1989 win from 12th on the grid at the Hungaroring

 

Gerhard Berger - For 1989, Berger was joined at Ferrari by Nigel Mansell

 

Hungarian Grand Prix - Passing is a rarity here, although the 1989 race saw a famously bullish performance from Nigel Mansell in the Ferrari, who started from 12th on the grid and passed car after car, finally taking the lead in splendid opportunist style when Ayrton Senna was baulked by a slower runner


1990

Williams signed Mansell on 1 October 1990 after Mansell was ensured the contract stated that he would be the focus of the team, having experienced being the 'Number Two' driver at Ferrari add something

 

San Marino Grand Prix - In 1990 pole-sitter Senna suffered a puncture on the 3rd lap; leaving Nigel Mansell and Berger to battle hard for the lead

 

Alain Prost - The Frenchman replaced Gerhard Berger at Ferrari and was partnered with Britain's Nigel Mansell for 1990


1991

Adrian Newey - By mid-season 1991, Newey's FW14 chassis was every bit a match for the previously dominant McLaren, but early season reliability issues and the efforts of Ayrton Senna prevented Williams team leader, Nigel Mansell, from taking the title

 

Thierry Boutsen - However, Nigel Mansell was available in 1991 and Williams Renault felt they needed a 'star' driver to put together a championship bid

 

Paul Warwick (racing driver) - In 1991 he signed with Nigel Mansell's Mansell Madgwick British Formula 2 racing team

 

Stirling Moss - Moss remained the most successful English driver in terms of wins until 1991 when Nigel Mansell overtook him, after competing in many more races


1992

He won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award again in 1992, one of only three people to have won the award twice add something

 

Monaco Grand Prix - At the 1992 event Nigel Mansell, who had won all five races held to that point in the season, took pole and dominated the race in his Williams FW14B-Renault

 

James Hunt - Hunt criticized 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell for failing to defend his F1 title in 1993, stating that Mansell left to "avoid racing Alain Prost in the same car" and gave "two fingers to the business and the team"

 

Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya is one of two drivers to have won the CART title in his rookie year, the first being Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell in 1993

 

Mecachrome - Renault engines powered Williams and Benetton to six consecutive Constructors' World Championships between 1992 and 1997, and five Drivers' titles with Nigel Mansell , Alain Prost , Michael Schumacher , Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve


1993

Following this successful season in CART, Mansell received several awards, including a Gold Medal from the Royal Automobile Club and the 1993 ESPY Award for Best Driver add something

 

Mansell took part in the 1993 TOCA Shootout, held at Donington Park add something

 

This enabled Mansell to become the only driver in history to hold both the Formula One and CART championships at the same time, because when he won the 1993 CART championship he was still the reigning F1 world champion, with the 1993 F1 championship not yet having been decided add something

 

Williams had neglected to tell Mansell that Prost had signed for 1993 at only the second race of the 1992 season in Mexico, a position that Mansell felt would be similar to their days together at Ferrari add something

 

Indianapolis 500 - However, it was not until 1993 that reigning Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell shocked the racing world by moving to the United States, winning the CART PPG IndyCar World Series Championship and only losing the 500 in his rookie year because of inexperience with green-flag restarts

 

Emerson Fittipaldi - In 1993 he added a second Indianapolis 500 victory by taking the lead from defending Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell on lap 185 and holding it for the remainder

 

Robert Doornbos - This made him the first rookie since Nigel Mansell in 1993 to make it to the podium in his first Champ Car race


1995

Mansell lived in Port Erin on the Isle of Man during most of his F1 career until 1995 add something

 

Williams had an option on Mansell's services for 1995 which Mansell was convinced they would take add something

 

Ron Dennis - For the first couple of seasons the McLaren-Mercedes relationship was difficult, with the inevitable teething troubles that always come with a new engine, indifferent chassis, and the odd choice of a driver for 1995 in the aging Nigel Mansell


1998

Mansell made a return to racing in 1998 in the British Touring Car Championship, driving in a Ford Mondeo for three rounds add something


1999

Juan Pablo Montoya - He took the 1999 title in his rookie year, something accomplished six years earlier by former Formula One Champion Nigel Mansell


2002

Mansell set the then-record for the most number of wins in one season ; both records stood until broken by Schumacher in 2002 add something


2005

Mansell was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005 add something

 

To date, he is the most recent inductee to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame from a country other than the US, having been inducted in 2005 add something

 

On 16 July 2005, Mansell took part in a "Race of Legends" exhibition event at the Norisring round of the DTM add something

 

Following a period of testing and developing the car, Mansell made a successful race comeback by winning the inaugural race of the series in Kyalami in November 2005 add something

 

Riccardo Patrese - He finished third behind his former team-mate Nigel Mansell and Emerson Fittipaldi in the sole 2005 race at Kyalami, South Africa

 

Emerson Fittipaldi - In 2005 Fittipaldi made a surprise return to competitive racing in the Grand Prix Masters event held at Kyalami in South Africa, finishing second behind former CART sparring partner Nigel Mansell


2006

After the success of the race at Kyalami, four dates were scheduled for the GP Masters Series in 2006, including one at Silverstone add something

 

Also in 2006 he appeared to Brands Hatch, scene of his first Grand Prix win, in May 2006, driving some demonstration laps in the BMW M3 GTR that Andy Priaulx drove to victory in the 2005 24 Hours Nürburgring, as part of the World Touring Car Championship event add something

 

Formula BMW - Former Formula One and Indycar champion Nigel Mansell became involved as an ambassador for the series after his sons, Leo and Greg, began their single seater careers in the championship in 2006

 

Unipart - In 2006, the company teamed up with Nigel Mansell and his sons, Greg and Leo, in a sponsorship deal in support of Nigel's sons' careers in Formula BMW.


2007

Mansell raced in the GP Masters series and signed a one-off race deal for the Scuderia Ecosse GT race team to drive their number 63 Ferrari F430 GT2 car at Silverstone on 6 May 2007 add something

 

On the weekend of 6 May 2007 he made an appearance in the second round of the FIA GT Championship at Silverstone driving a Ferrari 430 GT2 for the Scuderia Ecosse team add something

 

Formula One - Drivers are not required to have competed at this level before entering Formula One. British F3 has supplied many F1 drivers, with champions including Nigel Mansell, Ayrton_Senna and Mika Häkkinen having moved straight from that series to Formula One. More rarely a driver may be picked from an even lower level, as was the case with 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen, who went straight from Formula Renault to F1

 

Scuderia Ferrari - In the F2007 Kimi Räikkönen won the inaugural race of the 2007 season, the first Ferrari driver to win on his début since Nigel Mansell in 1989

 

Kimi Raikkonen - Räikkönen started the season in Australia by taking pole position, setting the fastest lap and becoming the first driver since Nigel Mansell in 1989 to win his first Grand Prix with Ferrari


2008

In 2008, American sports television network ESPN ranked him 24th on their top drivers of all-time add something

 

The pair were said to be considering a drive in the American Le Mans series, possibly commencing as soon as October 2008 in the Petit Le Mans event, although neither driver was in the final field add something


2009

On 3 July 2009, Mansell tested his other son Greg's World Series by Renault car at the Silverstone Circuit, setting a best time six seconds off the pace of the fastest driver in the session add something

 

On 1 October 2009 Nigel appeared as the 'Face of Euronics' add something


2010

For the 2010 Formula One season, the Sporting Regulations were changed so that a former driver sits on the stewards' panel add something

 

Mansell took this role at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 British Grand Prix add something

 

Magnus Backstedt - On 13 November 2010, Bäckstedt announced at the UK Youth Centenary Gala that he would be coming out of retirement to lead the UK Youth Cycling Team along with Nigel Mansell and his sons


2011

He managed 14 pole positions that year, a record only broken by Sebastian Vettel in 2011 in the Brazilian Grand Prix on 26 November add something

 

Sebastian Vettel - At the , Vettel took his fourteenth pole position of 2011 to equal the record of poles in a season set by Nigel Mansell in

 

Natasha Seatter - In January 2011, Natasha was the youngest and only female racing driver who was tested and approved by former F1 champions, Nigel Mansell, Jean_Alesi and the current lotus F1 development driver, James Rossiter to drive the new Lotus T125 at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi


2012

Already Officer of the Order of the British Empire , Mansell was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to children and young people add something

 

In a 2012 interview for Sky Sports Legends of F1 Mansell revealed that, had he hit the wall rather than bringing the car safely to a halt, the stewards would have red flagged the race add something


2013

Mansell appeared as a playable driver for Williams in Codemasters' F1 2013 add something


2014

In September 2014, it was announced that Mansell would be opening a Mitsubishi franchise on Jersey later in the month add something


2015

In September 2015 the organisers of the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix announced that the final corner of the redesigned Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit would be named after the 1992 Formula One World Champion and winner of the final race at the Mexico City circuit before was dropped from the Formula One calendar for the 1993 season add something


2016

He held the record for the most races before becoming World Champion with 180 races; this record was broken by Nico Rosberg in 2016 with 206 races add something


 

He received The London Classic Car Show Icon award in 2018 add something