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Nigel Ernest James Mansell (born August 8, 1953 in Baughton, Upton-on-Severn, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom) is a former Formula One racing driver from the United Kingdom.

Mansell is the only person ever to have held a F1 and CART title simultaneously, as well as the only driver have driven solely for Team Lotus, Williams, Ferrari and McLaren, the four most successful teams in Formula One.

Racing careerEdit

F1 CareerEdit

After a successful period in kart racing and a brief career as an aerospace engineer, Nigel won the British Formula Ford Championship in 1977. In 1979, Nigel and his wife, Rosanna sold their house to finance his move into Formula 3.

Lotus: 1980-1984Edit

Colin Chapman, his F3 manager, gave Nigel a path into F1 via his successful Lotus racing time, and in 1980 Nigel made his F1 debut in the Austrian GP driving for Lotus. It was a debut Nigel would not forget as his backside was badly burnt as a result of a fuel leak. However the pain soon disappeared as Colin Chapman gave him a contract to drive for the 1981 season at Lotus. Following Chapman's death in 1982, Peter Warr took over at Lotus but he and Nigel never got on well. In 1984 he finished in the top 10 in the Drivers' Championship for the first time in his career.

Williams: 1985-1988Edit

In 1985, Frank Williams signed Mansell and throughout his Williams career Nigel proudly drove the famous "Red 5" Car. On 6th of October 1985, Nigel won his first F1 Grand Prix, the European GP at Brands Hatch. His maiden win came after 72 attempts in the cockpit of an F1 car. Nigel then won a second successive F1 GP at the South African GP in Kyalami. In the 1986 season he won five GPs and lost the World Championship when his tyre burst with only 19 laps left on the last GP of the season. Mansell finished runner up in the Championship to Alain Prost in his McLaren-TAG. Six more wins followed in 1987 including an emotional victory in the British GP at Silverstone and then in 1988 he only managed to finish two of the 14 GPs he appeared in.

Ferrari: 1989-1990Edit

In preparation for the 1989 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". Enzo Ferrari presented a 1989 Ferrari F40 as a gift to Mansell. 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.

Williams: 1991-1992Edit

After two unsuccessful years at Ferrari Mansell rejoined Williams in 1991 and finished runner up to Ayrton Senna in the Drivers Championship. The 1992 following year Mansell won the opening five races and went on to clinch the world championship with a record number of wins in one season (9) and the highest number of pole positions (14). Mansell then fell out with Williams in 1993 and moved to the USA to drive for the Newman/Hass CART Team, whereupon he won the CART Championship.

Return to Formula One: Williams: 1994Edit

In 1994 Mansell made a comeback into F1. After the untimely death of Ayrton Senna at Imola he returned to Williams, replacing rookie David Coulthard. Mansell was paid approximately £900,000 per race, while Williams' lead driver Damon Hill was being paid £300,000 for the entire season. 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 took his final Grand Prix victory, the 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 both drivers passed him at the start and eventually collided, 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.

McLaren: 1995Edit

Nigel made yet another return to the sport, still hot property in F1. Since he'd lost the Williams seat to the young Scot David Coulthard, he joined the McLaren team, although Ron Dennis and Mansell never looked eye to eye. Dennis only had two options, first was Michael Schumacher, and second was Mansell. Since Schumacher was already taken, this left Mansell. His season did not start well, unable to fit in the car he did not start racing until Imola, where he was well off the pace of his team mate Mika Häkkinen. Mansell was frustrated by his cars' un-competitive handling characteristics and retired after two races.

Personal lifeEdit

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 second most successful British Formula One driver of all time in terms of race wins with 31 victories, and is seventh overall on the Formula One race winners list behind Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Alain Prost, Sebastian Vettel, Ayrton Senna and Fernando Alonso. He was rated in the top 10 Formula One drivers of all time by longtime Formula One commentator Murray Walker. In 2008, American sports television network ESPN ranked him 24th on their top drivers of all-time. He was also ranked #9 of the 50 greatest F1 drivers of all time by the Times Online on a list that also included such drivers as Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark.

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.

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.

He is the current President of one of the UK's largest Youth Work Charities, UK Youth.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

F1 Career RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team Pts WDC Pos. Report
1980 Team Essex Lotus Lotus-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1981 Team Essex Lotus
John Player Team Lotus
Lotus-Ford Cosworth 8 14th Report
1982 John Player Team Lotus Lotus-Ford Cosworth 7 14th Report
1983 John Player Team Lotus Lotus-Ford Cosworth 10 13th Report
Lotus-Renault
1984 John Player Special Team Lotus Lotus-Renault 13 10th Report
1985 Canon Williams Honda Williams-Honda 31 6th Report
1986 Canon Williams Honda Williams-Honda 70 (72) 2nd Report
1987 Canon Williams Honda Williams-Honda 61 2nd Report
1988 Canon Williams Williams-Judd 12 9th Report
1989 Scuderia Ferrari Malboro Ferrari 38 4th Report
1990 Scuderia Ferrari Malboro Ferrari 37 5th Report
1991 Canon Williams Renault Williams-Renault 72 2nd Report
1992 Canon Williams Renault Williams-Renault 108 1st Report
1993 Retired
1994 Rothmans Williams Renault Williams-Renault 13 9th Report
1995 Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes 0 29th Report
1996 Benson Hedges Total Jordan Peugeot Jordan-Peugeot Test Driver

StatisticsEdit

Entries 193
Starts 187
Pole positions 32
Front row starts 56
Victories 31
Podia 59
Fastest laps 30
Points 480 (482)
Laps raced 8749
kms raced 39932.493
Races led 56
Laps led 2066
kms led 9561.731
Doubles 17
Hat-tricks 5
Grand Chelems 4

WinsEdit

No. Race
1 1985 European Grand Prix
2 1985 South African Grand Prix
3 1986 Belgian Grand Prix
4 1986 Canadian Grand Prix
5 1986 French Grand Prix
6 1986 British Grand Prix
7 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix
8 1987 San Marino Grand Prix
9 1987 French Grand Prix
10 1987 British Grand Prix
11 1987 Austrian Grand Prix
12 1987 Spanish Grand Prix
13 1987 Mexican Grand Prix
14 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
15 1989 Hungarian Grand Prix
16 1990 Portuguese Grand Prix
17 1991 French Grand Prix
18 1991 British Grand Prix
19 1991 German Grand Prix
20 1991 Italian Grand Prix
21 1991 Spanish Grand Prix
22 1992 South African Grand Prix
23 1992 Mexican Grand Prix
24 1992 Brazilian Grand Prix
25 1992 Spanish Grand Prix
26 1992 San Marino Grand Prix
27 1992 French Grand Prix
28 1992 British Grand Prix
29 1992 German Grand Prix
30 1992 Portuguese Grand Prix
31 1994 Australian Grand Prix

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos
1980 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 0 NC
Ret Ret DNQ
1981 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of Argentina Flag of San Marino Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Spain Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 8 14th
Ret 11th Ret WD Ret 3rd 6th 7th DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4th
1982 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Brazil Flag of the United States Flag of San Marino Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of the Netherlands Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy Flag of the United States 7 14th
Ret 3rd 7th Ret 4th Ret Ret INJ Ret INJ 9th Ret 8th 7th Ret
1983 Flag of Brazil Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Europe Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 10 12th
12th 12th Ret 12th Ret Ret 6th Ret 4th Ret 5th Ret 8th 3rd NC
1984 Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Belgium Flag of San Marino Flag of France Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Europe Flag of Portugal 13 9th
Ret Ret Ret Ret 3rd Ret
[1]
6th Ret 6th Ret 4th Ret 3rd Ret Ret Ret
1985 Flag of Brazil Flag of Portugal Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Belgium Flag of Europe Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Australia 31 6th
Ret 5th 5th 7th 6th Ret DNS Ret 6th Ret 6th 11th 2nd 1st 1st Ret
1986 Flag of Brazil Flag of Spain Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Mexico Flag of Australia 70 (72) 2nd
Ret 2nd Ret 4th 1st 1st 5th 1st 1st 3rd 3rd Ret 2nd 1st 5th Ret
1987 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Mexico Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 61 2nd
6th 1st Ret Ret 5th 1st 1st Ret 14th 1st 3rd Ret 1st 1st DNS INJ
1988 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Mexico Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 12 9th
Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2nd Ret Ret ILL ILL Ret 2nd Ret Ret
1989 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 38 4th
1st Ret Ret Ret Ret DSQ 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd Ret DSQ BAN Ret Ret
1990 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Mexico Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 37 5th
Ret 4th Ret Ret 3rd 2nd 18th Ret Ret 17th Ret 4th 1st 2nd Ret 2nd
1991 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Mexico Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 72 2nd
Ret Ret Ret 2nd 6th 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd Ret 1st DSQ 1st Ret 2nd
[2]
1992 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Mexico Flag of Brazil Flag of Spain Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 108 1st
1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd Ret 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd Ret 1st Ret Ret
1993 Did not compete
1994 Flag of Brazil Flag of the Pacific Community Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Spain Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Europe Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 13 9th
Ret Ret 4th 1st
1995 Flag of Brazil Flag of Argentina Flag of San Marino Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Europe Flag of the Pacific Community Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
10th Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
[+] More Symbols

NotesEdit

  1. Race stopped after 31/76 Laps. Half points awarded
  2. Race stopped after 14/81 Laps. Half points awarded


V T E United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
Seasons
1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995
Season Reports
1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995
Teams
Lotus (1980-1984) • Williams (1985–1988, 1991-1992, 1994) • Ferrari (1989–1990) • McLaren (1995)
Teammates
Mario Andretti (1980) • Elio de Angelis (1980-1984) • Keke Rosberg (1985) • Nelson Piquet (1986-1987) • Riccardo Patrese (1988, 1991-1992) • Gerhard Berger (1989) • Alain Prost (1990) • Damon Hill (1994) • Mika Häkkinen (1995)
Rivalries
Alain Prost • Ayrton Senna
Other pages
Statistics • Teammate comparison • Category
V T E List of World Drivers' Champions
1950: Giuseppe Farina
1951: Juan Manuel Fangio
1952: Alberto Ascari
1953: Alberto Ascari
1954: Juan Manuel Fangio
1955: Juan Manuel Fangio
1956: Juan Manuel Fangio
1957: Juan Manuel Fangio
1958: Mike Hawthorn
1959: Jack Brabham
1960: Jack Brabham
1961: Phil Hill
1962: Graham Hill
1963: Jim Clark
1964: John Surtees
1965: Jim Clark
1966: Jack Brabham
1967: Denny Hulme
1968: Graham Hill
1969: Jackie Stewart
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Jackie Stewart
1972: Emerson Fittipaldi
1973: Jackie Stewart
1974: Emerson Fittipaldi
1975: Niki Lauda
1976: James Hunt
1977: Niki Lauda
1978: Mario Andretti
1979: Jody Scheckter
1980: Alan Jones
1981: Nelson Piquet
1982: Keke Rosberg
1983: Nelson Piquet
1984: Niki Lauda
1985: Alain Prost
1986: Alain Prost
1987: Nelson Piquet
1988: Ayrton Senna
1989: Alain Prost
1990: Ayrton Senna
1991: Ayrton Senna
1992: Nigel Mansell
1993: Alain Prost
1994: Michael Schumacher
1995: Michael Schumacher
1996: Damon Hill
1997: Jacques Villeneuve
1998: Mika Häkkinen
1999: Mika Häkkinen
2000: Michael Schumacher
2001: Michael Schumacher
2002: Michael Schumacher
2003: Michael Schumacher
2004: Michael Schumacher
2005: Fernando Alonso
2006: Fernando Alonso
2007: Kimi Räikkönen
2008: Lewis Hamilton
2009: Jenson Button
2010: Sebastian Vettel
2011: Sebastian Vettel
2012: Sebastian Vettel
2013: Sebastian Vettel
2014: Lewis Hamilton
2015: Lewis Hamilton
2016: Nico Rosberg
V T E List of World Drivers' Championship runners-up
1950: Juan Manuel Fangio
1951: Alberto Ascari
1952: Giuseppe Farina
1953: Juan Manuel Fangio
1954: José Froilán González
1955: Stirling Moss
1956: Stirling Moss
1957: Stirling Moss
1958: Stirling Moss
1959: Tony Brooks
1960: Bruce McLaren
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1962: Jim Clark
1963: Graham Hill
1964: Graham Hill
1965: Graham Hill
1966: John Surtees
1967: Jack Brabham
1968: Jackie Stewart
1969: Jacky Ickx
1970: Jacky Ickx
1971: Ronnie Peterson
1972: Jackie Stewart
1973: Emerson Fittipaldi
1974: Clay Regazzoni
1975: Emerson Fittipaldi
1976: Niki Lauda
1977: Jody Scheckter
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1979: Gilles Villeneuve
1980: Nelson Piquet
1981: Carlos Reutemann
1982: Didier Pironi
1983: Alain Prost
1984: Alain Prost
1985: Michele Alboreto
1986: Nigel Mansell
1987: Nigel Mansell
1988: Alain Prost
1989: Ayrton Senna
1990: Alain Prost
1991: Nigel Mansell
1992: Riccardo Patrese
1993: Ayrton Senna
1994: Damon Hill
1995: Damon Hill
1996: Jacques Villeneuve
1997: Heinz-Harald Frentzen*
1998: Michael Schumacher
1999: Eddie Irvine
2000: Mika Häkkinen
2001: David Coulthard
2002: Rubens Barrichello
2003: Kimi Räikkönen
2004: Rubens Barrichello
2005: Kimi Räikkönen
2006: Michael Schumacher
2007: Lewis Hamilton
2008: Felipe Massa
2009: Sebastian Vettel
2010: Fernando Alonso
2011: Jenson Button
2012: Fernando Alonso
2013: Fernando Alonso
2014: Nico Rosberg
2015: Nico Rosberg
2016: Lewis Hamilton
* Michael Schumacher was disqualified from the 1997 championship.
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