Nigel Mansell's F1 career in photos

Nigel Mansell is one of the most decorated drivers in the history of Formula 1. We look back at his illustrious racing career with our photo archives.

1980 - Lotus 81B

1980 - Lotus 81B
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Impressed by Nigel Mansell's skills as a test driver, Lotus boss Colin Chapman offered him three race starts in the development version of his squad's 1980 challenger, the Lotus 81.

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1981 - Lotus 81B

1981 - Lotus 81B
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Mansell did just enough in those races to land himself a full-season drive with Lotus for 1981. At Spa-Francorchamps he scored his first podium by finishing behind Carlos Reutemann and Jacques Laffite in third.

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1981 - Lotus 87-Ford Cosworth

1981 - Lotus 87-Ford Cosworth
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But results went downhill from there on. The new Lotus 87 was marred by reliability problems, making life even tougher for Mansell.

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1982 - Lotus 91-Ford

1982 - Lotus 91-Ford
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1982 was another trying year for Mansell. Apart from a podium finish in Brazil and a fourth place result in Monaco (pictured), he failed to score points.

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With the media

With the media
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Mansell went along well with the British media. In this picture one can spot veteran journalists Maurice Hamilton, Nigel Roebuck, Murray Walker, among others.

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1983 - Lotus-Renault 93T/92/94T

1983 - Lotus-Renault 93T/92/94T
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Results began to improve when Lotus made a mid-season switch from the outdated Cosworth DFV to Renault power in 1983. With a more contemporary engine, Mansell scored a podium at the European GP.

1984 - Lotus 95T

1984 - Lotus 95T
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Mansell added two more podiums in his tally in 1994. On the downside, he endured no less than 11 DNFs.

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1985 - Williams FW10 Honda

1985 - Williams FW10 Honda
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After four years at Lotus where he failed to notch a single victory, Mansell jumped ship to Williams in 1985. The Frank Williams-owned outfit ran the powerful Honda engine.

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First win

First win
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Towards the end of his first season with Williams, Mansell ended his victory drought in the European GP at Brands Hatch. He also took the top spot at the next race in South Africa.

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1986 - Williams FW11 Honda

1986 - Williams FW11 Honda
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At the 1986 Spanish GP, Mansell was beaten by Ayrton Senna by a narrow margin of 0.014s.

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Title candidate

Title candidate
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With four victories in the first half of the 1986 season, Mansell established himself as one of the firm favourites for the title.

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Duel with Piquet

Duel with Piquet
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A tooth-and-neck fight with Nelson Piquet at Hungary was one of the highlights of the 1986 season.

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The four musketeers

The four musketeers
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F1 legends Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet pose together for a photograph. Among them, they won a total of 11 titles.

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Drama in Australia

Drama in Australia
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At the season-finale in Adelaide, Mansell was running in third place, which should have been enough to secure him his maiden title.

However, the destiny had something else in store. With just 16 laps to go, the left rear tyre on Mansell's Williams exploded, forcing him into retirement.

The Englishman's DNF paved the way for Prost to take the championship.

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1987 - Williams FW11B Honda

1987 - Williams FW11B Honda
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With a modified car and renew spirit, Mansell again emerged as a title contender in 1987.

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A national hero

A national hero
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The events of the 1986 season had already turned Mansell into a national hero. And with his second successive British GP win in '87, he was more popular than ever.

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Another second place in the standings

Another second place in the standings
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Mansell suffered a huge crash during the Japanese GP qualifying, ruling him out of the final two races of the year.

Hence, despite six victories in the season, he had to be content with second place in the standings.

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1989 - Ferrari 640

1989 - Ferrari 640
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After a disappointing 1988 season where he managed to finish inside the points only twice, he moved over to Ferrari the following year.

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First win for Ferrari

First win for Ferrari
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Winning for Ferrari is something special, as Mansell found out in his very first race with the Scuderia in Brazil. He notched another victory later in the year in Hungary.

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No opposition to McLaren

No opposition to McLaren
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Despite two victories, Mansell was not in contention for the title in a season dominated by the McLarens.

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1990 - Ferrari 641

1990 - Ferrari 641
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Mansellimproved to fifth in the points tally in 1990, but scored just a single win.

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1991 - Willians FW14 Renault

1991 - Willians FW14 Renault
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In 1991, Mansell returned to Williams, which had built a strong works alliance with Renault.

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Taxi ride

Taxi ride
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In one of the most iconic moments in the history of Formula 1, Mansell gave a lift to Senna - who had run out of fuel - after winning the British GP.

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Under pressure

Under pressure
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Mansell had to win the Japanese GP to stay in the title hunt. He started putting pressure on Senna, but spun out in the process. The Brazilian went on to win his third and final F1 crown.

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1992 - Williams FW14B Renault

1992 - Williams FW14B Renault
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For the 1992 season, Williams technical chief Adrian Newey designed one of the most technological cars of the generation, which also featured an Active Suspension.

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Nine wins

Nine wins
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Mansell won nine races in 1992

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World champion

World champion
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At the Hungarian GP, Mansell crossed the finishing line in second place to claim a much due world title.

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Move to IndyCar

Move to IndyCar
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Instead of defending his title, Mansell went across the Atlantic to race in the IndyCar series. He won the championship in his rookie year

1994 - Williams FW16 Renault

1994 - Williams FW16 Renault
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However, he wasn't done with F1 just yet. He returned to grand prix racing in 1994 for four races, winning the season-concluding Australian Grand Prix.

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1995 - McLaren MP4/10B Mercedes

1995 - McLaren MP4/10B Mercedes
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In 1995, Mansell was lured by McLaren. But with a 10th place finish in San Marino and a retirement in Spain, he called time on his F1 career.

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Test with Jordan

Test with Jordan
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Mansell tested for Jordan and there was a possibility of him making a full-time comeback for the Irish squad. However, talks came to nothing.

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