Top 10 most memorable Nigel Mansell moments
Nigel Mansell will be the star of the Autosport International show on January 13-14. Here are a few of his greatest moments
Nigel Mansell will be star guest at the 2018 Autosport International show at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on Saturday 13 January and Sunday 14 January, to take part in signing sessions and reminisce about his racing career on the Autosport Stage.
Tickets are available on the Autosport International website. See you there? AutoClassics has a stand in the Historics area.
Having started from pole and led early on, Mansell finished the race in sixth place, having collapsed with heat exhaustion after trying to push his Lotus 95T Renault over the finish line. He’d earlier glanced a wall and deranged the gear selectors on his car.
Brands Hatch 1985
This list wouldn’t be complete without mention of Mansell’s first Formula 1 win in his Williams Honda FW10 at Brands Hatch. He finished ahead of Ayrton Senna (Lotus Renault) and Alain Prost (McLaren TAG Porsche).
Brands Hatch 1986
Mansell, driving the spare Williams FW11 of team-mate Nelson Piquet, beat the Brazilian after an epic duel in the last British GP to be held at the circuit.
Mansell (Williams) was cruising in third, looking certain to win the world title, but… with 19 laps to go, his right-rear tyre exploded. With Mansell out, Prost took the 1986 championship.
In one of the closest-ever F1 finishes, Ayrton Senna (Lotus) crossed the line just 0.014 seconds ahead of Mansell (Williams).
Mansell (Williams) came from behind to catch and pass Piquet, to the delight of the partisan home crowd, Mansell Mania was born.
The last Ferrari driver to be hired by Enzo himself, Mansell took an against-the odds victory in his first race for the team.
Mansell, who had returned to Williams from Ferrari, performed a legendary wheel-to-wheel pass on Ayrton Senna (McLaren) into turn one, after battling with him down almost the full length of the start/finish straight. They finished in 1st and 5th positions respectively.
After just 11 races, Mansell (Williams) secured his one and only world title with a second-place finish.
Mansell becomes CART IndyCar World Series Champion while still holding the 1992 Formula 1 World Champion title, as the 1993 title had not yet been decided. He is still the only person to hold both titles simultaneously.
*Photography courtesy of LAT Images.