McLaren and Mansell postpone debut

McLaren International and Nigel Mansell today announced that Nigel will not participate in the first two Grands Prix of the season. At the beginning of February, Nigel signed a contract to drive for the Marlboro McLaren Mercedes team alongside...

McLaren International and Nigel Mansell today announced that Nigel will not participate in the first two Grands Prix of the season.

At the beginning of February, Nigel signed a contract to drive for the Marlboro McLaren Mercedes team alongside Mika Hakkinen. The team's recently launched car, the MP4/10, incorporated a number of innovative features and had been designed prior to the decision that Nigel would drive for McLaren. On Nigel's test of the car at Estoril, he and the team realised that he could not achieve a comfortable driving position in the car and that this would compromise his performance.

Thus McLaren has decided to develop a new chassis for Nigel. Once completed, it will have to undergo rigourous FIA structural and impact testing and will therefore not be available until after the first races.

Marlboro McLaren Mercedes has nominated Mark Blundell to drive in the first two Grands Prix of the season, which will begin in Brazil on 26th March.

Racing Into The Future: Woking, 17th March 1995

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mika Hakkinen , Nigel Mansell , Mark Blundell
Teams Mercedes , McLaren