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An offer from Williams to drive their new, Adrian Newey designed FW14 for 1991 convinced Mansell to rethink his retirement, and after a shaky start as Williams mastered the numerous gizmos that would ultimately make the car a world beater, he started winning. In combination with the car's cutting-edge aerodynamic form, this recipe produced a car which boasted top level on-circuit performance in the 1992 field, in which it consistently out-performed the very best that Ferrari, McLaren-Honda, Benetton, and Lotus could pitch against it. During this season, Mansell gained a reputation for a psychological competitiveness and mind games. As the conditions changed and the track became wetter, Mansell found himself leading the race for several laps, and he finished in fifth position. This historic, sophisticated and complex Formula 1 car contested 13 of that year's 16 qualifying Grand Prix races, and was driven by World Champion Nigel Mansell in seven of them. And Piquet had the subservient team-mate he longed for. 2009  J. Button, 2010  S. Vettel Andretti Heading into one of the quickest corners on the calendar at the time, where the Ferraris had registered forces of 4.7g during practice, Mansell launched to the outside of Berger and flashed past to take second place. One of these was a second place at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone where, overnight, the team had stopped using its active suspension (after months of Patrick Head telling Mansell and teammate Riccardo Patrese that it would take many months of work to do so), and reverted to a passive suspension set-up. However, in the race he crashed going 240 mph after only five laps, following a tire puncture. 1951  J. M. Fangio In 1994, after the CART season ended, Mansell returned to F1 and re-joined the Williams team. The Brazilian publicly described Mansell as "an uneducated blockhead" and had also criticised Mansell's wife Roseanne's looks, later retracting these statements following threats of legal action.[21][22]. Warr in his book titled Team Lotus – My View From The Pit Wall stated about the 1982 season: "After carefully analysing the season just finished, it was completely clear who was the number one. His career in Formula One spanned 15 seasons, with his final two full seasons of top-level racing being spent in the CART series. 1984  Ma. The equation was simple, Prost and Piquet needed to win and have Mansell finish no higher than fourth. 2011  S. Vettel Who knows what Mansell could have achieved in the 1995 FW17 – I daresay he wouldn’t have been intimidated by Benetton and Schumacher in the way Coulthard and Hill were that year. [49] The race was regarded by many fans as one of the greatest in touring car history. Since he had left it in 1993, the team had undergone some significant changes. Other Formula One records set in 1992 that he still holds are the highest percentage of pole positions in a season (88%), most wins from pole position in a season (nine) and most runner-up championship finishes before becoming World Champion (three). Mansell was finally crowned Formula One World Champion at the age of 39 early in the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the 11th round of that season, where his second-place finish clinched the Drivers' Championship, securing the title in the fewest Grands Prix since the 16-race season format started. With the number 5 already taken by James Thompson, Mansell raced with the red number 55. 9 of the 50 greatest F1 drivers of all time by the Times Online on a list that also included such drivers as Prost, Senna, Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark.[6]. Back in the familiar 'Red 5', he won five races in 1991, most memorably in the Spanish Grand Prix. 1998  M. Häkkinen Mansell raced a Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S in the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, alongside his two sons. 1961  P. Hill [citation needed]. Under Mansell's command, the car became known as 'Red Five,' after his race number, and while piloted by Patrese, it became 'White Six.' Upon Chapman’s untimely death in 1982 however, the support disappeared, and Mansell felt he was being edged out. Early in practice Mansell had seen that trying to qualify the car high on the grid was a pointless exercise and he decided instead to concentrate on a good race set-up. 1958  M. Hawthorn [11] Doctors told him he had been perilously close to quadriplegia, that he would be confined for six months and would never drive again. But Williams were looking to the future and preferred instead to opt for young Scotsman David Coulthard. 1994  M. Schumacher 1971  J. Stewart Patrese contested a further six Grand Prix races in this car that year, scoring World Championship points in three of them before ending the season as runner-up in the Drivers' competition to World Champion Mansell. [40], Before the season started, Mansell could not fit into the narrow car and was deputised by Mark Blundell for the opening two rounds in Brazil and Argentina. 2006  S. Bourdais It was also one of the most sophisticated and exquisitely complex ever built. As a result of the gestures, such as described above, Mansell became very close to Chapman, who made him equal number one in the team with de Angelis, and was devastated by Chapman's sudden death in 1982. He later 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. After a pre-season test session at the Paul Ricard Circuit in the south of France, team owner Frank Williams was involved in a horrific road accident which left him a tetraplegic. Reports at the time suggested[43] that the Mansell–Jordan partnership for 1997 was a real possibility with Eddie Jordan's title sponsor willing to pay for the deal. When he returned to Williams for four races in 1994 the team's numbers were 0 and 2 as they had won the Drivers' and Constructors' titles in 1993 but would not run #1 as Alain Prost had retired. 1959  J. Brabham, 1960  J. Brabham And we haven’t even yet outlined all of the reasons why this car is iconic. 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. Out of 59 race starts with the team, he finished just 24 of them. He is the driver having the most wins (31) without ever winning Monaco. Three weeks later the impossible had happened and Mansell was a Williams driver.[34]. He would agree to return only if a list of demands were met, including undisputed number one status over Riccardo Patrese (who had remained with the team through 1989 and 1990), 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. Mansell took this role at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 British Grands Prix. A tough 1990 followed with Ferrari, in which his car suffered more reliability problems, forcing him to retire from seven races. That is exactly what Sebastien Vettel has gone out and bought himself. Despite largely indifferent results, Colin Chapman’s confidence in him remained. De Angelis was then promoted back to outright number one for the 1983 season. After his official retirement from Formula One in 1995, he shaved it off. 1982  R. Mears The 41-year-old was not as quick as Hill in race trim but signs that his speeds were coming back were evident in Japan during a battle with the Ferrari of Jean Alesi. Nigel Ernest James Mansell was born on 8 August 1953 in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, the son of Eric, an engineer, and Joyce Mansell. The FW14B was designed by Adrian Newey, widely celebrated today as one of the most successful Formula 1 designers of all time. 2014  L. Hamilton He is the current president of one of the UK's largest Youth Work Charities, UK Youth. 1962  G. Hill Petrol leaked into the cockpit of his Lotus 81 causing burns to Mansell’s *cough* ‘nether regions’, but true to form he fought on until the engine gave up and he had no choice but to retire. He achieved a second straight victory at the South African Grand Prix in Kyalami. After the announcement by the FIA that the organization would be weighing drivers, Mansell, known for ignoring diet, starved and dehydrated himself the day prior to weigh-ins. 1969  J. Stewart, 1970  J. Rindt Frank Williams said the demands were 'impossible'; Mansell concluded that if that were the case he would be happy to retire. His Newman/Haas car was much less reliable the following year, 1994, and results suffered. Under considerable pressure from Honda to drop Mansell and replace him with a Japanese driver, Sir Frank stood firm and Honda joined Piquet in leaving Williams  to go to Lotus, who were more accommodating with their driver demands, already employing Satoru Nakajima in their #2 car. A few weeks later however, he suffered a substantial crash at the Phoenix International Raceway, severely injuring his back. 2000  G. de Ferran, 2001  G. de Ferran 1955  J. M. Fangio (So subservient in fact that he didn’t qualify for five Grands Prix in the next two years, presumably so as not to get in Piquet’s way (Miaow!)). 1992  N. Mansell Andretti announced he was leaving to move to Alfa Romeo at the end of the season leaving Lotus with a vacant race seat. [14] After three seventh-place finishes and a fourth in his last race, he parted from the team. [39] Mansell's return was helped by Bernie Ecclestone helping unravel his contracts in the United States. Damon Hill drove car #0 while Mansell raced the #2 with the number on the nose of the car painted red. 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. These triumphs helped turn Mansell into a Formula One star.