NIGEL MANSELL 31 WINS DVD PACK
THERE ARE 31 FULL RACES IN THIS FANTASTIC COLLECTORS BOXSET
ALL 31 OF MANSELLS F1 RACE WINS ON DVDNIGEL MANSELL
World Championships 1
Grand Prix Entries 191
Grand Prix Wins 31
Pole Positions 32
ALL 31 RACES BELOW IN FULL ON DVD
All wins for Nigel Mansell
No driver fought harder to get into Formula One racing and
few fought harder when they got there. Hugely determined, immensely
aggressive and spectacularly daring, he was one of the most exciting
drivers ever. With his win or bust approach - 31 wins and 32 crashes -
he became the most successful British driver and ranks third in the
world in fastest laps, fourth in wins and fifth in poles. With the Union
Jack on his helmet and a chip on his shoulder, he was both quick and
controversial. His awkward personality made him some enemies, his heroic
performances made him millions of fans. Nigel Mansell was a driven man
and it showed.
Born on 8 August, 1953, near Birmingham, Nigel
Ernest Mansell first drove a car in a nearby field at the age of seven.
That same year he watched Jim Clark in a Lotus win the 1962 British
Grand Prix at Aintree and decided then and there to emulate the great
Scot, an ambition no doubt entertained by countless other small boys.
Few of them would have persevered through Mansell's many misfortunes.
considerable success in kart racing, he become the 1977 British Formula
Ford champion, despite suffering a broken neck in a testing accident.
Doctors told him he had come perilously close to quadriplegia, that he
would be confined for six months and would never drive again. Mansell
sneaked out of hospital (telling the nurses he was going to the toilet)
and raced on. 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. Next, Mansell and his
loyal wife Rosanne sold their house to finance a move into Formula
Three. In 1979 a collision with another car resulted in a huge
cartwheeling crash he was lucky to survive. Again he was hospitalised,
this time with broken vertebrae in his back. Shortly after this, stuffed
with painkillers and hiding the extent of his injury, Mansell performed
well enough in a tryout with Lotus to become a test driver for the
Formula One team. In his Formula One debut, at the 1980 Austrian Grand
Prix, a fuel leak in the cockpit left him with painful first and second
degree burns on his buttocks.
Mansell became very close to
Lotus boss Colin Chapman and was devastated by his sudden death in 1982.
He stayed with the team for two more years, then moved to Williams in
1985. Near the end of that season, having no victories to show for 71
Grand Prix starts, Mansell suddenly blossomed into a prolific winner,
starting with the 1985 European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, where he
wept on the podium. In a span of 18 months he won 11 races, yet lost out
on two World Championships he was poised to win. In 1986 a burst tyre
in Adelaide destroyed his season at the last possible moment. In 1987 it
was a serious qualifying accident at Suzuka that injured his back again
(a spinal concussion) and handed the title to his hated Williams-Honda
team mate Nelson Piquet (who called Mansell "an uneducated blockhead"
and took verbal shots at Rosanne). For Mansell (who never physically
attacked Piquet as he had Ayrton Senna after they collided at Spa), the
highlight of 1987 was his scintillating late race charge to beat his
least favourite Brazilian at Silverstone. Mansell was simply
unstoppable, setting lap records 11 times in the final moments as he
reeled in the other Williams. On his victory lap, as thousands of
patriotic fans in the feverish grip of 'Mansellmania' flooded onto the
track, their hero stopped to kiss the tarmac at the spot where he'd
overtaken Piquet at 180mph.
Mansell thrived on adversarial
situations, using them to fuel his motivational fires, and if they
didn't exist he seemed to go out of his way to create them. His 'me
against the world' mentality caused conflict. At Williams, Patrick Head
said "he thinks everybody is trying to shaft him at all times" and Frank
Williams called him "a pain in the arse". The media also tired of
Mansell's chronic complaining. But the fans loved him for the pure,
palpable aggression with which he raced. Even that wasn't enough to
overcome the deficiencies of the Judd-engined Williams cars in 1988 and
when an opportunity arose at Ferrari Mansell seized it with both fists.
His 1989 debut with Ferrari began with a win in Rio and
throughout the season he flogged his Ferrari for all it was worth,
endearing himself to the fanatical Italian tifosi who called their
moustachioed British hero 'Il Leone' (The Lion). At the Hungaroring,
where overtaking is supposed to be impossible and where he had qualified
a seemingly hopeless 12th, Mansell stormed through the field, scraped
past Senna's McLaren in a breathtaking manoeuvre and won the race. In
1990 the wheels came off Mansell's Ferrari bandwagon when Prost became
his team mate and out-manoeuvred him politically. At Silverstone the
'British Bulldog' theatrically threw his gloves into the adoring crowd
and announced he was retiring at the end of the season. A couple of
months later he made a U-turn and announced he was returning to
Williams. In 1991 he won five times in the Williams-Renault but lost out
on reliability to McLaren's Senna, who took the title. The next year
Mansell dominated, winning nine of the 16 races in his Williams-Renault
FW14B, but shortly after he was declared the 1992 World Champion he
again announced his retirement. His grievances with Williams included a
dispute over money and anger that the despised Prost might be his 1993
team mate. Williams offered a last-minute incentive of whatever
conditions he wanted but Mansell stalked off to IndyCar racing in
America, where he immediately dominated, even on the unfamiliar high
speed ovals, and became the 1993 IndyCar champion.
Williams persuaded him to return for the final four races, the last of
which, in Australia, he won in stunning fashion from pole position. The
next year he raced twice for McLaren but decided the car wasn't up to
his speed. And so, after 187 hard races in 15 tumultuous seasons,
41-year-old Nigel Mansell left Formula One racing for good.
retired a rich man, operating several business enterprises, including a
Ferrari dealership and a golf and country club (he played golf to a
professional standard) and lived the good life with his wife Rosanne and
their three children.
"I had my fair share of heartaches and
disappointments," he said of his career, "but I also got a lot of
satisfaction. I only ever drove as hard as I knew how."