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Remembering Nigel Mansell's maiden championship

On 16 August 1992, Nigel Mansell became a Formula 1 world champion with a second place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix. We recap his title-winning year.

Remembering Nigel Mansell's maiden championship

1991

1991
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For the third time in his Formula 1 career, Nigel Mansell finished runner-up in the championship in 1991. Time was running out for the Englishman to clinch the ultimate prize in grand prix racing.

An innovative Williams

An innovative Williams
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Mansell was given a new ray of hope by Williams' 1992 challenger, the FW14B, which featured a sophisticated Active Suspension system.

South African Grand Prix

South African Grand Prix
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Mansell started the new season in dominant fashion with a Grand Slam (pole, win, fastest lap, led every lap) at the South African Grand Prix. Ricardo Patrese made it a 1-2 finish for Williams.

Mexican Grand Prix

Mexican Grand Prix
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Mansell was also unchallenged to victory in the second round of the season in Mexico, where he again led a Williams 1-2.

Brazilian Grand Prix

Brazilian Grand Prix
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Mansell was miles ahead of the field in qualifying at Interlagos, beating his own teammate by 1.2 seconds for pole. Although Patrese got ahead in the early stages, the Englishman clawed himself back to top to make it a hattrick of wins.

Spanish grand Prix

Spanish grand Prix
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Mansell's winning-spree continued in Barcelona, where he finished 24 seconds ahead of Benetton's Michael Schumacher. Having taken pole position, set the fastest lap and led the race through its entirety, he also achieved another career Grand Slam.

San Marino Grand Prix

San Marino Grand Prix
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There was no stopping Mansell in San Marino either, where he qualified a second clear of Patrese and finished 10 seconds ahead on road in the race. After the Imola round, he led the championship with 50 points on board. Patrese, Mansell's closest rival, trailed him by 26 points.

Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix
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Mansell claimed pole position and led the Monaco GP until he was forced to make an additional pit stop on lap 70 for a loose wheel nut. He came out behind Ayrton Senna's McLaren and couldn't pass the Brazilian despite fresher tyres. This race, which is considered a true classic, brought Mansell's winning streak to a halt.

Canadian Grand Prix

Canadian Grand Prix
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At the Canadian Grand Prix, Senna set the fastest lap in qualifying to take pole position ahead of the Williams duo of Patrese and Mansell. Mansell passed teammate Patrese and challenged Senna for victory, only to spin while dueling with the Brazilian and retire. Over the remainder of the race, both Senna and Patrese suffered technical problems, leaving the way clear for Gerhard Berger to take the winning honours.

French Grand Prix

French Grand Prix
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After two straight defeats, Mansell returned to the top spot of the podium in France. He was initially passed by Patrese for the lead, but a red flag - caused by heavy rains - brought him back into contention. After the restart, Mansell shot passed the Italian and eventually won the race by a mammoth margin of 46 seconds.

British Grand Prix

British Grand Prix
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Mansell was absolutely untouchable on his home turf. He was nearly two seconds quicker than rest of the pack in qualifying and won the race by 39 seconds from Patrese, completing another Grand Slam in the process.

German Grand Prix

German Grand Prix
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Mansell cruised to his eighth victory of the season at the German Grand Prix, although Senna didn't finish too far behind in second. Patrese spun on the final lap. With six races to go, he held a lead of 46 points, with a maximum of 60 on offer.

Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungarian Grand Prix
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To be crowned champion in Budapest, Mansell had to outscore Patrese by four points. The Italian started the race from pole position, but his engine blew on the 36th lap.

Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungarian Grand Prix
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Mansell finished second in the race behind Senna. With 90 points on board compared to Patrese's 40, he was crowned champion.

Belgian Grand Prix

Belgian Grand Prix
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Newly-crowned champion Mansell blew away the field in qualifying, taking a pole with a time that was more than two seconds quicker than his nearest opponent. However, in a wet race, it was Schumacher who took the chequered flag, with Mansell settling for second place.

Italian Grand Prix

Italian Grand Prix
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Mansell led the Italian GP early on, but let Patrese though on the 20th lap to help him seal second spot in the standings. However, this gesture came to nothing as the Italian dropped to fifth with an hydraulics issue, while Mansell himself had to retire with a faulty gearbox.

Portugese Grand Prix

Portugese Grand Prix
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Normal service resumed at Estoril where Mansell claimed pole position and scored his ninth and final victory of the season.

Japanese Grand Prix

Japanese Grand Prix
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Mansell looked set to win the penultimate round of the season at Suzuka until he was forced to retire with an engine failure. Patrese took over the lead and recorded his sole victory of the season.

Australian Grand Prix

Australian Grand Prix
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In Australia, Mansell notched his 14th pole position of the 16-round season - a record that remained unbeaten until 2011. Unfortunately, he collided with rival Senna in an incident that took both of them out of the race. Much like Canada, Berger was again present to pick up the pieces and take win.

A successful career

A successful career
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Mansell called time on his F1 career after 1992, although he did return for a few races later. He signed off from the sport with 32 pole positions, 31 wins, 30 fastest laps, 59 podiums and a world title.
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