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Nigel Mansell
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Formula One World Championship career
Active years1980 Formula One season - 1992 Formula One season, 1994 Formula One season - 1995 Formula One season
TeamsTeam Lotus, WilliamsF1, Ferrari, McLaren
Races191 (187 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions1 (1992 Formula One season)
Wins31
Podiums59
Career points480 (482)[1]
Pole position32
Fastest lap30
First race1980 Austrian Grand Prix
First win1985 European Grand Prix
Last win1994 Australian Grand Prix
Last race1995 Spanish Grand Prix
Nigel Mansell
Former teams Newman/Haas Racing
Starts 31
Wins 5
Poles 11
Best finish 1st in 1993
Previous series
1982-1992; 1994 Formula One
Championship titles
1993 CART IndyCar World Series champion, CART Rookie of the Year
Awards
1993 Royal Automobile Club Gold Medal, ESPY for Best Driver

Nigel Ernest James Mansell Order of the British Empire (born August 8, 1953 in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire) is a United Kingdom Racing driver from England who won both the Formula One World Championship (1992 Formula One Season) and Champ Car (1993 CART World Series Season). He is the only person in history to hold both titles simultaneously, and was the first person to win the Champ Car title in his debut season. During the early nineties, Mansell was commonly known, by the British media especially, as Our Nige.

His career in Formula One spanned 15 seasons, with his final two full seasons of top-level racing being spent in the CART series. Mansell remains the most successful British Formula One driver of all-time in terms of race wins with 31 victories, and is fourth overall on the Formula One race winners list behind Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, and Ayrton Senna. He was rated in the top 10 Formula One drivers of all time by Murray Walker, who was a Formula One commentator for 50 years.[2] In 2008, American sports television network ESPN ranked him 24th on their top drivers of all-time.[3]

Mansell raced in the Grand Prix 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 Circuit on 6 May 2007.

As of 2008, 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.

Contents

Biography


Mansell was born in Upton-on-Severn, a small Town in the England county of Worcestershire. He spent most of his childhood and early adult years in Hall Green, Birmingham. He was a pupil at Rosslyn School, then Hall Green Bilateral, before studying Engineering at Matthew Boulton College. He worked as an aerospace engineer at Lucas Engineering, before giving it up to become a full time racing driver.

Career


Formula Ford

1976-1977

Mansell had a fairly slow start to his racing career, using his own money to help work his way up the ranks. After considerable success in kart racing, he moved to the Formula Ford series to the disapproval of his father. In 1976, Mansell won 6 of the 9 races he took part in, including his debut event at Mallory Park. 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. Doctors told him he had been perilously close to Quadriplegia, that he would be confined for six months and would never drive again. Mansell discharged himself from the hospital and returned to racing. Three weeks before the accident he had resigned his job as an Aerospace engineer, having previously sold most of his personal belongings to finance his foray into Formula Ford.[4] Later that year he was given the chance to race a Lola T570 Formula 3 car at Silverstone Circuit. He finished fourth and decided that he was ready to move into the higher formula.[5]

Formula Three

1978-1979

Mansell's first season in Formula Three started with a Pole position and a 2nd place finish. However, the car was not competitive, as a commercial deal with Unipart required his team to use Triumph Motor Company Dolomite engines that were vastly inferior to the Toyota engines used by the leading teams. After three 7th place finishes and a fourth in his last race, he parted from the team. The next season saw him take a paid drive with Dave Price Racing. Following a first win in the series at Silverstone in March, he went on to finish 8th in the championship.[5] His racing was consistent, but a collision with Andrea de Cesaris resulted in a huge cartwheeling crash which he was lucky to survive. Again he was hospitalised, this time with broken Vertebrae. His driving was noticed by Colin Chapman owner of Team Lotus and shortly after his accident, hiding the extent of his injury with painkillers, Mansell performed well enough in a tryout with Lotus to become a test driver for the Formula One team.

Formula One

1980-1984:Lotus

Mansell's Lotus 91 from 1982 Formula One season being exhibited in March 2007.

Mansell's skill as a Test driver, including setting the fastest time around Silverstone in a Lotus car at the time, impressed Chapman enough to give him a trio of starts in Formula One in 1980 Formula One season, driving a development version of the Lotus 81 used by the team, the Lotus 81B. In his Formula One debut at the 1980 Austrian Grand Prix, a fuel leak in the cockpit that developed shortly before the start of the race left him with painful first and second degree burns on his buttocks. Car failures forced him to retire from that race and his second, however an accident at his third event at Imola meant he failed to qualify. Team leader Mario Andretti wrote his car off before the final race of the season and Mansell had to give up his car for Andretti to compete in. Andretti announced he was leaving to move to Alfa-Romeo at the end of the season leaving Lotus with a vacant race seat.

Despite Mansell being unpopular with one of the team's backers, David Thieme, and much speculation in the press that Jean-Pierre Jarier would fill the vacancy, Chapman announced at the start of the season the seat would be filled by Mansell.

Mansell's four years as a full-time Lotus driver were a struggle, as the cars were unreliable. Out of 59 race starts with the team, he finished just 24 of them. He managed a best finish of third place which he obtained five times during the four years including in Lotus' fifth race of the 1981 Formula One season season, and only the seventh of Mansell's Formula One career. Team mate Elio de Angelis took a surprise win at the 1982 Austrian Grand Prix, and was frequently faster than his less experienced colleague Mansell.

Mansell set his first pole position in a Lotus 95T at the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix.

During the 1982 season, Mansell planned to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans sportscar event in order to earn extra money. At the time Mansell was paid £50,000 a year and was offered £10,000 to take part in Le Mans. Chapman believed that by entering the Le Mans race, Mansell was exposing himself to unnecessary risk and paid him £10,000 to not take part in the race. Chapman extended Mansell's contract to the end of the 1984 Formula One season season in a deal that made him a millionaire.[6]

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. In his autobiography Mansell stated that when Chapman died, "the bottom dropped out of my world. Part of me died with him. I had lost a member of my family". Following Chapman's death relationships at Lotus became strained, as replacement team manager Peter Warr did not have a high regard for him as a driver. Warr was not keen on honoring the last year of the contract that Mansell had signed with Chapman. However, with encouragement from Lotus' sponsors, John Player Special, it was announced Mansell would be staying with the team.

In 1984 Formula One season, Mansell finished in the championship top 10 for the first time, and took his first career pole. At the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix Mansell surprised many by overtaking Alain Prost in a wet race for the lead, but soon after retired from the race after getting off line and losing control on the slippery painted lines on the road surface. Mid-way through the season, the team's new managers signed Ayrton Senna for the following year, leaving Mansell with no race seat at Lotus. After receiving offers from Arrows and Williams, and firstly turning down WilliamsF1' offer, Mansell eventually signed for them.

Mansell was remembered by many this year when he collapsed while pushing his car to the finish line after the transmission failed on the last lap of the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix. The 1984 Grand Prix was the hottest on record, and after 2 hours of driving in 104°F (about 40°C) conditions Mansell fainted whilst pushing his car over the line to salvage a sixth place finish (and thus 1 championship point) in a race he had started from pole and led half of.[7]

Mansell's final race with the Lotus team was heavily compromised due to Warr's unwillingness to give Mansell the brake pads he desired for the race. With 18 laps of the race remaining, and with Mansell in second position, the brakes on his car failed. On Mansell's departure, Warr was infamously quoted "He'll never win a Grand Prix as long as I have a hole in my arse".[8]

1985-1988:Williams

Mansell at the 1985 German Grand Prix.

In 1985 Formula One season Frank Williams snapped Mansell up to drive alongside Keke Rosberg as part of the WilliamsF1 team, Mansell later saying "Keke was probably one of the best team-mates I've had in my career". Mansell was given the now famous "Red 5" car, which he drove throughout his career (for Williams and Newman/Haas Racing) and which was brought to the public's attention mainly through Sports commentator Murray Walker and his enthusiastic commentary for the BBC.

1985 initially appeared to provide more of the same for Mansell, although he was closer to the pace than before, especially as the Honda Racing F1 engines became more competitive by mid-season.

Mansell achieved second place at the 1985 Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, and followed this with his first victory in 72 starts at the 1985 European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in England. He achieved a second straight victory at the South African Grand Prix in Kyalami. These triumphs helped turn Mansell into a Formula One star.

Going into 1986, the Williams-Honda team had a car capable of winning on a regular basis and Mansell had established himself as a potential World Championship contender. He also had a new team-mate in Nelson Piquet. The Brazilian publicly described Mansell as "an Education blockhead" and had also criticised his wife, Roseanne. Unperturbed by Piquet's mind games, Mansell went on to record five Grand Prix wins in 1986 and also played part in one of the closest finishes in Formula One Grand Prix history, finishing second to Ayrton Senna in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez by a mere 0.014 seconds. The 1986 Formula One World Championship went right down-to-the-wire in Adelaide, Australia for the 1986 Australian Grand Prix with Prost, Piquet and Mansell all still in contention for the title. After aiming for a third place finish which would guarantee him the title, Mansell would narrowly miss out on winning it after his left-rear Tire exploded in spectacular fashion on the main straight with only 19 laps of the race to go. Mansell ended the season as Runner-up to Alain Prost. His efforts in 1986 led to him being voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Six more wins followed in 1987 Formula One season, including an emotional and hugely popular victory at Silverstone Circuit in which he came back from 20 seconds behind in 20 laps to beat team-mate Piquet, with his car running out of fuel on the slowing down lap. However, at the 1987 Italian Grand Prix he missed a gear and let Piquet, who was using an Active suspension car, through to win. A heavy qualifying accident at Suzuka in Japan for the penultimate race of the 1987 season severely injured Mansell's back (a spinal concussion), and as a result of Mansell missing the remaining two races, Piquet became champion for the third time even though he failed to score any points in these two remaining races.

Mansell driving for Williams at the 1988 Canadian Grand Prix.

In 1988 Formula One season, Williams lost the Turbo power of Honda Racing F1 to McLaren, and had to make do with a Naturally-aspirated engine Judd (engine) Engine. A dismal season followed, which saw Mansell's Williams team experiment with a terribly unreliable (but extremely innovative) Active suspension system. Mansell would complete only two of the fourteen races in which he appeared in the 1988 season, both being podium finishes. Ironically, one of these was a second place at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone where the team had reverted to a passive suspension set-up.

Mansell developed Chickenpox in the summer of 1988 and after a competitive (but ill-advised) drive in the very hot conditions of the 1988 Hungarian Grand Prix the condition became even worse, causing him to miss the next two Grands Prix.

1989-1990:Ferrari

In preparation for the 1989 Formula One season, Mansell became the last Ferrari driver to be personally selected by the late Enzo Ferrari before his death in August 1988, an honour Mansell described as "one of the greatest in my entire career". Enzo Ferrari presented a 1989 Ferrari F40 as a gift to Mansell.[9] In Italy he became known as "il leone" ("the lion") by the tifosi (Ferrari fans) due to his fearless driving style. The season was one of change in the sport, with the banning of turbo engines by the FIA and the introduction of the electronic gearbox by Ferrari.

Mansell believed that 1989 would be a development year and that he would be able to challenge for the championship the following season. In his first appearance with the team he scored a very unlikely win in the 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix, his least favourite track and the home race of his bitter rival Piquet. He later joked that he had booked airplane tickets home for halfway through the race as he predicted the car's new electronic gearbox would last only a few laps. Mansell remained the last man to win on his Ferrari debut until Kimi Räikkönen in the 2007 Australian Grand Prix.

File:Nigel Mansell 1990 USA.jpg
Mansell in Ferrari overalls at the 1990 United States Grand Prix.

The rest of 1989 was characterised by Gearbox and various other problems which included a disqualification at the 1989 Canadian Grand Prix and a Racing flag incident at the 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix for reversing in the pit-lane, which resulted in a ban for the next race in Spain. However, Mansell finished fourth in the Championship with the help of a memorable second win for Ferrari at the 1989 Hungarian Grand Prix, where, after concentrating on the race set-up of his car, he won after a late-race pass on Ayrton Senna after starting only 12th on the grid.

A tough 1990 Formula One season followed with Ferrari, in which he had more reliability problems with the car, causing him to retire from seven races. In this season he was paired with Alain Prost, the reigning World Champion, who took over as the team's lead driver and played on Mansell's Inferiority complex. Mansell recalls one incident where at the 1990 British Grand Prix, the car he drove didn't handle the same as in the previous race where had taken pole position. On confronting the mechanics, it transpired that Prost saw Mansell as having a superior car and as a result, they were swapped without telling Mansell.[10] After retiring from the race, he announced he was retiring from the sport altogether at the end of the season. Mansell obtained only a single win, at the 1990 Portuguese Grand Prix and finished 5th in the world championship. His retirement was cancelled when Frank Williams again stepped in. Williams signed Mansell on 1 October 1990 after Mansell ensured the contract stated that he would be the focus of the team, having experienced being the 'Number Two' driver at Ferrari. Mansell would be paid £4.6 million a season, a deal which made him the highest paid British sportsman at the time.[11]

1991-1992:Williams

Mansell scored his first finish of 1991 Formula One season with second place at the 1991 Monaco Grand Prix.
Mansell gives Ayrton Senna a lift back to the paddock on the Victory Lap of the 1991 British Grand Prix, at Silverstone. Mansell had won the race, while Senna had run out of fuel.

Mansell's return to Williams wasn't straight forward. Mansell would only agree a return if a list of demands were met, including undisputed number one status, guarantees of support in a wide variety of areas with each guarantee in writing, and assurances from suppliers such as Renault and Elf that they would do everything necessary to help him win. Frank Williams said the demands were 'impossible', Mansell concluded that if that were the case he would be happy to retire. Three weeks later the impossible had happened and Mansell was a Williams driver.

His second stint with Williams was even better than the first. Back in the familiar 'Red 5', he won five races in 1991 Formula One season, most memorably in the 1991 Spanish Grand Prix. In this race he went wheel to wheel with Ayrton Senna, with only centimetres to spare, at over 320 km/h (200Mile per hour) down the main straight. Quite a different spectacle was offered following Mansell's victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit. Senna's car had come to a halt on the final lap, but, rather than leave his rival stranded out on the circuit, Mansell pulled over on his parade lap and allowed Senna to ride on the Williams side-pod back to the pits.

The Williams team's decision to develop their new Semi-automatic transmission gearbox by racing with it at the start of the season, was at the cost of points in the opening rounds of the championship. Senna was on 40 points by the time Mansell gained his first 6 in Monaco. Despite a good mid season, which included a Hat-trick of victories, Senna's consistency (and Mansell's retirements at key races) meant that he finished second in the Championship once again, this time behind Senna.

1992 Formula One season would be Mansell's finest season. He started the year with five straight victories (a World record equalled by Michael Schumacher in 2004 Formula One season). At 1992 Monaco Grand Prix, the sixth race of the season, he took pole and dominated much of the race. However, with seven laps remaining, Mansell suffered a loose wheel nut and was forced into the pits, emerging behind Ayrton Senna's McLaren-Honda. Mansell, on fresh tyres, set a lap record almost two seconds quicker than Senna's and closed from 5.2 to 1.9 seconds in only two laps. The pair duelled around Monaco for the final four laps but Mansell could find no way past, finishing just two tenths of a second behind the Brazilian.[12][13] Mansell was crowned Formula One Drivers' Champion early in the season at the 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix, where his second place finish clinched the Drivers' Championship, securing the title in the least number of Grands Prix since the 16-race season format started. This stood as a record until broken by Schumacher in 2002 Formula One season. Mansell also set the then-record for the most number of wins in one season (9) and highest number of Pole position (14).

He won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award twice, in 1986 and 1992, one of only three people to do so.

CART IndyCar World Series

1993-1994:Newman/Haas Racing

Nigel Mansell driving in the 1993 CART IndyCar World Series

Despite being world champion, Mansell had a falling out with Williams. In his autobiography Mansell writes that this was because of a deal made at the previous Hungarian Grand Prix, which Williams reneged on, and the prospect of France Alain Prost joining the Renault F1-powered team.

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. To boot, Williams had Senna offering to drive the second car for free (although Senna found later he couldn't due to Prost having a clause in his contract allowing him to veto the move) and decided that there was little sense in paying the high fees Mansell went on to demand. With the original offer revoked Mansell had his nose put out of joint, with no teams near the might of Williams he decided that enough was enough. An eleventh hour offer was made to Mansell at the Monza Grand Prix but by then the damage was done, Mansell retired from F1.

Mansell consequently left to join the Newman/Haas Champ Car team in 1993. He took over the seat of Michael Andretti, who coincidentally had left CART to race in Formula One for McLaren. At the season opener at Surfers Paradise, Australia, he became the first "rookie" to take pole position and win his first race. A few weeks later however, he suffered a substantial crash at the Phoenix International Raceway, severely injuring his back. At the '93 Indianapolis 500, Mansell would lead the race only to finish third after losing the lead to Emerson Fittipaldi and Arie Luyendyk after a poor re-start. Mansell would go on to score five wins for the 1993 CART season, which, with more high-placed finishes, was good enough to earn him the championship. This enabled Mansell to become the only driver in history to hold both the Formula One and CART championships at the same time.

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

His Newman/Haas car was much less reliable the following year, 1994, and results suffered. It was during this season that Mansell "wore out his welcome" in the United States with glimpses of rude behavior, particularly after he was knocked out of the Indianapolis 500. After the crash, he stormed out of the track hospital, and refused medical care. When a reporter asked Mansell if he had spoken with Dennis Vitolo, the driver who had crashed into him, Mansell replied, "you speak to him." Subsequently, Mansell was set to sign autographs at a K-mart (the primary sponsor of his car), but due to a lack of demand, the event was cancelled. Mansell was also the catalyst for the breakdown in the relationship between himself and Mario Andretti. Mario has since remarked "I guess if Ronnie Peterson was the best team-mate I ever had, Nigel Mansell was the worst" and "I had a lot of respect for him as a driver, but not as a man".[14]

Return to Formula One

1994:Williams

In 1994 Mansell made a Formula One comeback. After the untimely Death of Ayrton Senna, he returned to Formula One with Williams replacing rookie David Coulthard for the French Grand Prix and the last three races of the season. Mansell was paid approximately £900,000 per race, compared to Williams' lead driver at the time, Damon Hill being paid £300,000 for the entire season.[15] Mansell's return was helped by Bernie Ecclestone helping unravel his contracts in the United States. It was important for F1 to have a world champion driving that season and they needed Mansell. Mansell wasn't as quick as Damon Hill in race trim but signs that his speed were coming back were evident in Japan during a fantastic battle with the Ferrari of Jean Alesi. Mansell won his last Grand Prix, the 1994 Australian Grand Prix, which was the final race of the season having out-qualified the two contenders for the title, Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher, in the process. The plan was initially for Mansell to protect Hill from Schumacher, but the two title contenders eventually collided and retired handing Schumacher his 1st World Title.

Williams had an option on Mansell's services for 1995 which Mansell was sure they would take. However, Williams opted for youth over experience and hired Coulthard.

1995:McLaren

Mansell was quick again and on the back of winning two titles, he was still hot property; however, Mansell having lost the Williams seat to David Coulthard and eventually ended up with McLaren in 1995 Formula One season.

It was well documented that Mansell and Ron Dennis never saw eye to eye but with McLaren's sponsors wanting a world champion, Dennis had only two options, the second option, Schumacher, was already taken which left Mansell. Media speculated from the start that they wouldn't last together due to the two contrasting personalities.

The season didn't start at all well, Mansell couldn't fit into the car and wasn't able to race until Imola where he ran in the middle of the field a good way off the pace of Häkkinen. The 1995 McLaren understeered heavily. Mansell's driving style relied on a car not suffering from understeer so that he could brake and turn in to the corner whilst braking, but the McLaren simply wouldn't do that. A second race came with a similar outcome but outpaced and frustrated with his car's Car handling characteristics, he chose to retire after just two races with the team. Mansell cited the decision to retire as him not wanting to make up the numbers and with no hope of the McLaren being competitive.

A few testing sessions with F1 teams including Jordan suggested another comeback could be on the cards but it never happened.

British Touring Car Championship

1998:Ford

Mansell made a return to racing in 1998 in the British Touring Car Championship, driving in a Ford Mondeo for three rounds. As it was, the Ford was highly uncompetitive - the manufacturer finished the season 7th out of 8 in the championship. With the number 5 already taken by James Thompson (racing driver), Mansell raced with the red number 55.[16][17]

At his first event at Donington Park, he retired 3 laps into the sprint race, meaning he would start the feature race in 19th position on the grid. As the conditions changed and the track got wetter, Mansell found himself leading the race for several laps and he finished in 5th position.[18] The race was regarded by many fans as one of the greatest in touring car history.[19]

It was to be his best finish in the series, as he failed to finish either race at the next round he participated in at Brands Hatch, and at his final race at Silverstone Circuit he finished in 14th and 11th place.[20][21] Having competed in 3 of the 13 rounds, he finished 18th out of 21 in the drivers championship.[22]

Subsequent Appearances

Mansell demonstrated a Jordan EJ14 in the streets of London before the 2004 British Grand Prix.

2005

On July 16, Mansell took part in a Race of Legends exhibition event at the Norisring round of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.[23] He competed against Jody Scheckter, Alain Prost, Mick Doohan, Emerson Fittipaldi and Johnny Cecotto, each driver having an opportunity to drive the Audi, Mercedes-Benz in motorsport and Opel offerings. Prost was announced as the winner by the DTM organisers.[24]

Mansell became a financial stakeholder and a driver in the new Grand Prix Masters series. 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.[25]

2006

After the success of the race at Kyalami, four dates were scheduled for the GP Masters Series in 2006, including one at Silverstone. Mansell won the season opener at Qatar in April 2006 from pole position.[26] The Monza round of the series was cancelled due to noise limitations at the venue, whilst technical issues quickly ruled him out of the Silverstone race.[27]

He also made a comeback 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.

2007

Mansell at the 2007 British Grand Prix. After retiring from Formula One, he shaved his distinctive trademark Moustache.

On the weekend of 5/6 May, 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.[28] He was paired with Chris Niarchos finishing 7th in class and 21st overall.[29]

2008

Mansell, with his son Leo Mansell, tested a Chamberlain-Synergy team Le Mans prototype Lola Racing Cars-AER B06/10 during the week commencing 14 July 2008 at the Autódromo do Estoril and 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,[30][31] although neither driver was in the final field.

Current life


  • Mansell owns a Golf and Country Club called Woodbury Manor near Exeter (Devon, UK) which also houses a museum and collection of his achievements throughout his racing career.
  • Mansell is currently the President of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
  • Mansell owns a home in Belleair, Florida, and Colby in the Isle of Man.
  • Mansell owns Mansell Raceway in Devon. Former Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club.
  • Mansell is releasing a motorsport magazine called "Planet Driving" with Carl Fogarty.

Awards

Mansell was awarded the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year in both 1986 and 1992.[32][33] Only two other people have won the award twice, one of which being fellow racing driver and former F1 World Champion Damon Hill. Mansell was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005.[34]

Family

Mansell is married to Rosanne. The couple currently live in Jersey, Channel Islands, along with their daughter, Chloe, and two sons, Leo Mansell and Greg Mansell. Leo and Greg raced in the Formula BMW UK series in 2006, and made guest appearances in the British Formula Three Championship season finale 2006 British Formula Three season.

Racing career results

Formula One World Championship results

(F1 driver results legend 2) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points[1]
1980 Formula One season Essex Petroleum Team Lotus Team Lotus Lotus 81 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV 1980 Argentine Grand Prix 1980 Brazilian Grand Prix 1980 South African Grand Prix 1980 United States Grand Prix West 1980 Belgian Grand Prix 1980 Monaco Grand Prix 1980 French Grand Prix 1980 British Grand Prix 1980 German Grand Prix 1980 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1980 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1980 Italian Grand Prix
DNQ
1980 Canadian Grand Prix 1980 United States Grand Prix NC 0
1981 Formula One season Essex Petroleum Team Lotus Team Lotus Lotus 81 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV 1981 United States Grand Prix West
Ret
1981 Brazilian Grand Prix
11
1981 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1981 San Marino Grand Prix 1981 Belgian Grand Prix
3
14th 8
John Player & Sons Team Lotus Team Lotus Lotus 87 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV 1981 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Spanish Grand Prix
6
1981 French Grand Prix
7
1981 British Grand Prix
DNQ
1981 German Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
4
1982 Formula One season John Player & Sons Team Lotus Team Lotus Lotus 87 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV 1982 South African Grand Prix
Ret
14th 7
Team Lotus Lotus 91 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix
3
1982 United States Grand Prix West
7
1982 San Marino Grand Prix 1982 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1982 Monaco Grand Prix
4
1982 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
1982 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1982 Dutch Grand Prix
Inj
1982 British Grand Prix
Ret
1982 French Grand Prix
Inj
1982 German Grand Prix
9
1982 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1982 Swiss Grand Prix
8
1982 Italian Grand Prix
7
1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
Ret
1983 Formula One season John Player & Sons Team Lotus Team Lotus Lotus 92 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV 1983 Brazilian Grand Prix
12
1983 United States Grand Prix West
12
1983 French Grand Prix
Ret
1983 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
1983 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1983 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1983 Detroit Grand Prix
6
1983 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
12th 10
Team Lotus Lotus 94T Renault F1 V6 engine (Turbo-charged) 1983 British Grand Prix
4
1983 Austrian Grand Prix
5
1983 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1983 Italian Grand Prix
8
1983 European Grand Prix
3
1983 South African Grand Prix
NC
Team Lotus Lotus 93T Renault F1 V6 engine (Turbo-charged) 1983 German Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Formula One season John Player & Sons Team Lotus Team Lotus Lotus 95T Renault F1 V6 engine (Turbo-charged) 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1984 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1984 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
1984 French Grand Prix
3
1984 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Canadian Grand Prix
6
1984 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Dallas Grand Prix
6
1984 British Grand Prix
Ret
1984 German Grand Prix
4
1984 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Dutch Grand Prix
3
1984 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1984 European Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Portuguese Grand Prix
Ret
9th 13
1985 Formula One season Canon (company) Williams F1 Honda WilliamsF1 Williams FW10 Honda Racing F1 V6 engine (Turbo-charged) 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1985 Portuguese Grand Prix
5
1985 San Marino Grand Prix
5
1985 Monaco Grand Prix
7
1985 Canadian Grand Prix
6
1985 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
1985 French Grand Prix
DNS
1985 British Grand Prix
Ret
1985 German Grand Prix
6
1985 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1985 Dutch Grand Prix
6
1985 Italian Grand Prix
11
1985 Belgian Grand Prix
2
1985 European Grand Prix
1
1985 South African Grand Prix
1
1985 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
6th 31
1986 Formula One season Canon (company) Williams F1 Honda WilliamsF1 Williams FW11 Honda Racing F1 V6 engine (Turbo-charged) 1986 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Spanish Grand Prix
2
1986 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Monaco Grand Prix
4
1986 Belgian Grand Prix
1
1986 Canadian Grand Prix
1
1986 Detroit Grand Prix
5
1986 French Grand Prix
1
1986 British Grand Prix
1
1986 German Grand Prix
3
1986 Hungarian Grand Prix
3
1986 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Italian Grand Prix
2
1986 Portuguese Grand Prix
1
1986 Mexican Grand Prix
5
1986 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
2nd 70 (72)
1987 Formula One season Canon (company) Williams F1 Honda WilliamsF1 Williams FW11 Honda Racing F1 V6 engine (Turbo-charged) 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix
6
1987 San Marino Grand Prix
1
1987 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Detroit Grand Prix
5
1987 French Grand Prix
1
1987 British Grand Prix
1
1987 German Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Hungarian Grand Prix
14
1987 Austrian Grand Prix
1
1987 Italian Grand Prix
3
1987 Portuguese Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Spanish Grand Prix
1
1987 Mexican Grand Prix
1
1987 Japanese Grand Prix
DNS
1987 Australian Grand Prix
Inj
2nd 61
1988 Formula One season Canon (company) Williams F1 WilliamsF1 Williams FW12 Judd engine V8 engine 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1988 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Mexican Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
1988 French Grand Prix
Ret
1988 British Grand Prix
2
1988 German Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Hungarian Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Belgian Grand Prix
Inj
1988 Italian Grand Prix
Inj
1988 Portuguese Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Spanish Grand Prix
2
1988 Japanese Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
9th 12
1989 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 640 Ferrari V12 engine 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
1
1989 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
1989 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1989 Mexican Grand Prix
Ret
1989 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1989 Canadian Grand Prix
DSQ
1989 French Grand Prix
2
1989 British Grand Prix
2
1989 German Grand Prix
3
1989 Hungarian Grand Prix
1
1989 Belgian Grand Prix
3
1989 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1989 Portuguese Grand Prix
DSQ
1989 Spanish Grand Prix
1989 Japanese Grand Prix
Ret
1989 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
4th 38
1990 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 641 Ferrari V12 engine 1990 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1990 Brazilian Grand Prix
4
1990 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
1990 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
5th 37
Ferrari 641/2 Ferrari V12 engine 1990 Canadian Grand Prix
3
1990 Mexican Grand Prix
2
1990 French Grand Prix
18
1990 British Grand Prix
Ret
1990 German Grand Prix
Ret
1990 Hungarian Grand Prix
17
1990 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1990 Italian Grand Prix
4
1990 Portuguese Grand Prix
1
1990 Spanish Grand Prix
2
1990 Japanese Grand Prix
Ret
1990 Australian Grand Prix
2
1991 Formula One season Canon (company) Williams F1 Renault WilliamsF1 Williams FW14 Renault F1 V10 engine 1991 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1991 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1991 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
1991 Monaco Grand Prix
2
1991 Canadian Grand Prix
6
1991 Mexican Grand Prix
2
1991 French Grand Prix
1
1991 British Grand Prix
1
1991 German Grand Prix
1
1991 Hungarian Grand Prix
2
1991 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1991 Italian Grand Prix
1
1991 Portuguese Grand Prix
DSQ
1991 Spanish Grand Prix
1
1991 Japanese Grand Prix
Ret
1991 Australian Grand Prix
2
2nd 72
1992 Formula One season Canon (company) Williams F1 Renault WilliamsF1 Williams FW14 Renault F1 V10 engine 1992 South African Grand Prix
1
1992 Mexican Grand Prix
1
1992 Brazilian Grand Prix
1
1992 Spanish Grand Prix
1
1992 San Marino Grand Prix
1
1992 Monaco Grand Prix
2
1992 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1992 French Grand Prix
1
1992 British Grand Prix
1
1992 German Grand Prix
1
1992 Hungarian Grand Prix
2
1992 Belgian Grand Prix
2
1992 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1992 Portuguese Grand Prix
1
1992 Japanese Grand Prix
Ret
1992 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
1st 108
1994 Formula One season Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Williams F1 Renault WilliamsF1 Williams FW16 Renault F1 V10 engine 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
1994 Pacific Grand Prix
1994 San Marino Grand Prix
1994 Monaco Grand Prix
1994 Spanish Grand Prix
1994 Canadian Grand Prix
1994 French Grand Prix
Ret
1994 British Grand Prix
1994 German Grand Prix
1994 Hungarian Grand Prix
1994 Belgian Grand Prix
1994 Italian Grand Prix
1994 Portuguese Grand Prix
9th 13
WilliamsF1 Williams FW16 Renault F1 V10 engine 1994 European Grand Prix
Ret
1994 Japanese Grand Prix
4
1994 Australian Grand Prix
1
1995 Formula One season Marlboro (cigarette) Team McLaren Mercedes-Benz McLaren McLaren MP4/10 Mercedes-Benz V10 engine 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix 1995 Argentine Grand Prix 1995 San Marino Grand Prix
10
1995 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1995 Monaco Grand Prix 1995 Canadian Grand Prix 1995 French Grand Prix 1995 British Grand Prix 1995 German Grand Prix 1995 Hungarian Grand Prix 1995 Belgian Grand Prix 1995 Italian Grand Prix 1995 Portuguese Grand Prix 1995 European Grand Prix 1995 Pacific Grand Prix 1995 Japanese Grand Prix 1995 Australian Grand Prix NC 0

American Open-Wheel racing results

CART

(American Open Wheel driver results legend) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1993 CART World Series season Newman/Haas Racing SUF
1
PHX
INJ
LBH
3
1993 Indianapolis 500
3
DET
15
MIL
1
POR
2
CLE
3
TOR
Ret
MIC
1
NWH
1
ROA
2
VAN
6
MDO
12
NAZ
1
LAG
23
1st 191
1994 CART World Series season Newman/Haas Racing SUF
9
PHX
3
LBH
2
1994 Indianapolis 500
Ret
MIL
5
POR
5
CLE
2
TOR
Ret
MIC
26
MDO
7
NWH
Ret
ROA
13
VAN
10
NAZ
Ret
LAG
8
8th 88

Complete Grand Prix Masters results

(F1 driver results legend)

Year Team 1 2 3 4
2005 Grand Prix Masters season Team Altech RSA
1
2006 Grand Prix Masters season Team Altech QAT
1
ITA
C
GBR
Ret
RSA
C
2007 Grand Prix Masters season Team Altech ROM
C
QAT
C
RSA
C

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Up until 1990 Formula One season, not all points scored by a driver contributed to their final World Championship tally (see List of Formula One World Championship pointscoring systems for more information). Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  2. Murray Walker's F1 Greats Video
  3. "Kinser, Mansell, Garlits, Lauda, and Muldowney set high standards". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/racing/columns/story?columnist=blount_terry&id=3400774. Retrieved on 2008-05-19. 
  4. Mansell, Nigel My Autobiography page 88 Collins Willow ISBN 0-00-218497-4
  5. 5.0 5.1 King Nigel Mansell Statistics
  6. Mansell, Nigel My Autobiography page 120 Collins Willow ISBN 0-00-218497-4
  7. grandprix.com: United States GP, 1984
  8. Mansell, Nigel My Autobiography page 141 Collins Willow ISBN 0-00-218497-4
  9. Mansell, Nigel My Autobiography page 199 Collins Willow ISBN 0-00-218497-4
  10. Mansell, Nigel My Autobiography page 222 Collins Willow ISBN 0-00-218497-4
  11. Hamilton, Maurice Frank Williams page 186 Macmillan ISBN 0-333-71716-3
  12. "Grand Prix results: Monaco GP, 1992". GrandPrix.com. http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr522.html. Retrieved on 2007-02-23. 
  13. Autocourse 1992 pp.150, 153
  14. "Mario: Nige my worst team-mate". ITv-F1. http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=37066. Retrieved on 23 August 2006. 
  15. Hamilton, Maurice Frank Williams page 244 Macmillan ISBN 0-333-71716-3
  16. Redshoes Archive:James Thompson - Honda Accord 1998
  17. Redshoes Archive:Nigel Mansell - Ford Mondeo 1998
  18. BTCC Pages:Donington Park June 14 1998
  19. Crash.net: Reid 150 Not Out
  20. BTCC Pages:Brands Hatch August 31 1998
  21. BTCC Pages:Silverstone September 20 1998
  22. BTCC 1998 Season
  23. "The € 500,000 Euro Race - World Champions in DTM Cars". DTM.de. http://mobile.dtm.de/newsausgabe.php?id=2778. Retrieved on 22 December 2006. 
  24. "Prost wins the €500,000 charity race". DTM.de. http://mobile.dtm.de/newsausgabe.php?id=2809. Retrieved on 22 December 2006. . Note: In-depth information on times set by each driver do not appear to have been formally published by the organisers.
  25. Mansell secures GP Masters glory
  26. Mansell wins first ever Grand Prix in Qatar
  27. Odds against Mansell in GP Masters
  28. "Nigel Mansell to race for Scuderia Ecosse at Silverstone". FIAGT.com. http://www.fiagt.com/newsitem.php?key=1200. Retrieved on 14 April 2007. 
  29. "Results of Round 2 of the 2007 FIA GT Championship at Silverstone". FIAGT.com. http://www.fiagt.com/results.php?event=2&season=2007&session=Race%20Result. 
  30. English, Steven (2008-07-17). "Mansell tests ALMS Lola with son Leo". autosport.com. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/69202. Retrieved on 2008-07-18. 
  31. English, Steven (2008-07-24). "Mansells plan Petit Le Mans outing". autosport.com. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/69427. Retrieved on 2008-08-30. 
  32. 1986 bbc.co.uk: BBC Sports Personalility of the year
  33. 1992 bbc.co.uk: BBC Sports Personalility of the year
  34. Waltrip Heads Class of 2005 at Motorsports Hall of Fame

References

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Persondata
NAME Mansell, Nigel
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION English racing driver
DATE OF BIRTH August 8, 1953
PLACE OF BIRTH Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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