Nigel Mansell CBETwo Times Formula 1 Champion
Nigel Mansell is a motor racing legend and one of the most talented British Formula One drivers of all time. With 31 wins and 32 crashes, he became the most successful British driver, and ranks 3rd in the world in fastest laps, 4th in the world for wins, and 5th in the world in poles.
Nigel began his F1 career in 1981 as a part of the Lotus team and received his first podium after only 5 races. Just 4 years later at the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, he won his first victory. In an 18th month period, he won 11 races, yet lost out on 2 World Championships he was tipped to win.
In 1986 he was awarded the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year for his success on the track. His debut race for Ferrari took place in 1989, where he was nicknamed ‘Il Leone’ (The Lion) for his aggressive nature on the race track.
Nigel returned to the Williams Team in 1991 with the goal of winning the World Championship. The season was a successful one and on 16th August the following year – his daughter Chloe’s birthday – he was crowned the 1992 Formula 1 World Champion. In the same year, Nigel was once again named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
As reigning F1 champion, Nigel made the move to CART, becoming the first ever person to win the CART title in their debut season, and also making him the only driver to hold both titles simultaneously. In 1994, Williams persuaded Mansell to return for the final 4 races, the last of which he won. After 187 races, and weathering 15 tumultous seasons, 41-year-old Nigel retired from Formula 1.
Since his retirement, Nigel has entered into partnerships with many brands, such as Euronics, and Moneysupermarket.com, for whom he appeared in a TV advert with comedian Omid Djalili.
September 2015 saw Nigel publish a new memoir, ‘Staying on Track’, which provides a definitive insight into his life – his popularity, views on many issues surrounding the sport and vivid memories of such a high octane world. ‘Staying on Track’ entered the Sunday Times Best Sellers List and was included in the Telegraph’s ’50 Best Sports Books Ever Written’ article in November of the same year.
Nigel now resides with his wife Roseanne, daughter Chloe and sons Greg and Leo. He is a committed President for the charity UK Youth, with his involvement being recognised in 2012 when he was awarded a CBE for services to children and young people.