Nigel Mansell, the 1992 Formula 1 World Champion, received a unique gift from his previous Williams F1 team over the weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed when they handed him the FW14B, the car he won the championship in.
On the anniversary celebration of the year he won the title, Mansell took his dominant rival on a ceremonial lap up the famed hill climb. He was met by throngs of cheering spectators when he came back and mounted the balcony.
“I’m incredibly honoured to be here at Goodwood in my anniversary year and not only to see this car again, but to make the journey up this hill has been a very special moment for Williams and myself,” he said.
“I am thrilled to be here with the team, and it was great to be back behind the wheel of this exceptional race car.
“It’s been a very emotional moment to drive in front of the fans from all over the world and a memory I am going to cherish.”
A season in which Mansell set records
Mansell won the championship in 1992 with 9 triumphs from a record-setting 16-race season. He had a strong start to the year with the opening 5 wins in a row.
In addition, the British driver made records for the season’s highest proportion of pole positions (88%), most victories from pole position (9), and other categories. These documents are still available.
Over the course of his 15-year profession in Formula One, Mansell finished first 31 times and 59 times overall. He competed at the highest level of racing.
Mansell joined the CART IndyCar series in America the year after quitting Formula One, winning the championship on his first try.
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