Nigel Mansell Biography: Nigel Mansell is a retired British racing car driver who began his career in 1980 and has become known as one of the finest professional racing drivers ever.
Nigel Mansell Biography
Nigel Mansell Biography: Nigel Ernest James Mansell was born on August 8, 1953, in Baughton, Worcestershire, England, near Upton-upon-Severn. Nigel grew up in Hall Green, Birmingham, and while his racing career began slowly, he invested his own money to assist him in rising the ranks. Nigel switched to the Formula Ford Series after finding success in karting, and in 1976 he won six of the nine races he raced in. Mansell began racing in Formula Three in 1978, and it was there that his driving satisfied Lotus owner Colin Chapman, who later invited him to become a test driver for his team in Formula One.
Nigel Mansell Wiki
|Date Of Birth||August 8, 1953|
|Birth Place||Baughton, Worcestershire, England|
|Net Worth||$90 Million|
Nigel Mansell Personal life
Mansell and Roseanne have been married since 1975, when they met as undergraduates. His sons Leo and Greg are former racers, while his daughter Chloe is a designer.
Nigel Mansell’s Net Worth
Nigel Mansell is a wealthy British racing driver with a net worth of $90 million.
Nigel Mansell Career
Mansell’s skill as a test driver, including setting the fastest lap around Silverstone in a Lotus car, impressed Chapman so impressed that he gave him three F1 starts in 1980, driving a development variant of the team’s Lotus 81, the Lotus 81B. In his Formula1 debut at the 1980 Austrian Grand Prix, he suffered first- and second-degree burns on his buttocks due to a fuel leak in the cockpit shortly before the race started. He was forced to retire in his first and second races due to a malfunctioning engine. However, he could not qualify for his third event at Imola due to an accident. Team leader Mario Andretti destroyed his car in a start-line accident during the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, so teammate Nigel Mansell had to surrender Andretti his vehicle for the season’s final race in Watkins Glen, the United States. Andretti announced that he would be leaving Lotus after the season to join Alfa Romeo, leaving Lotus with an open race seat.
In 1985, Frank Williams hired Nigel Mansell to drive alongside Keke Rosberg on the Williams team, with Mansell later saying, “We have the greatest respect for each other.” Mansell was given the “Red 5” number on his car, which he carried on subsequent Williams & Newman/Haas cars and which was primarily brought to the notice of the general public by BBC commentator Murray Walker.
In preparation for the 1989 season, Mansell became the final Ferrari driver to be personally selected by Enzo Ferrari before his death in August 1988. Mansell described this honor as “one of the greatest of my whole career.” Enzo Ferrari presented a 1989 Ferrari F40 as a gift to Mansell. Due to his fearless racing, the Tifosi in Italy dubbed him “il leone” (“the lion”). The season was a transition in the sport, with the FIA banning turbo engines and Ferrari introducing a semi-automatic transmission with electronic control.
When Frank Williams stepped in, Mansell’s intentions to retire were halted. The restoration of Mansell to Williams was complex. He would only agree to return if some conditions were met, including undisputed number-one status over Riccardo Patrese, written guarantees of support in various areas, and assurances from suppliers such as Renault and Elf that they would do everything possible to help him win. Williams stated that the demands were “impossible”; Mansell concluded that he would happily give up if this were the case. Three weeks later, the impossible occurred, and Mansell became a driver for Williams. Williams signed Mansell on October 1, 1990, after Mansell was assured in his contract that he would be the team’s primary driver, having previously served as Ferrari’s “number two” driver. With a salary of £4.6 million per season, Mansell became the highest-paid British competitor then.