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Ford Again Receives Global Corporate Sustainability Honors For Leadership in Climate change water management

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Mobility Beat

Toyota launches #DriveBetter Campaign

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio elected as "Sportscar of the Year”

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When talent doesn’t count

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


While motorsport fans discuss the unfortunate set of circumstances that may lead to a forced sabbatical for the popular and talented Sergio Perez, winner of the recent Sakir Grand Prix, it’s worth remembering the time when a newly-crowned Formula One world champion was effectively fired from his team at the height of his celebrations.

In 1992 Nigel Mansell won the World Championship for Williams. British fans were obsessive supporters of “their” driver as “Mansell Mania” swept the nation following his success. This was so evident at the British GP at Silverstone when a track invasion by his adoring fans erupted before the race had even finished.

However, always a magnet for drama and tension, Mansell’s relationship with his team was deteriorating. This week marks the strange anniversary of Nigel’s acceptance of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award (at an event held in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London) and the simultaneous press announcement by the Williams team that Damon Hill would be replacing him for the 1993 season.

Mansell says the relationship headed for the rocks when Williams signed his arch rival Alain Prost to drive for the team in ’93, contrary to an agreement. Other reports suggest that team owner Frank Williams decided there was little sense in continuing to pay the high fees Mansell demanded as a champion.

The result was Mansell’s retirement from F1 and his move to Indycar (then CART) racing in the USA. He joined the Newman-Haas team alongside Mario Andretti. At the 1993 season’s opener in Australia, Mansell became the first rookie to take pole position and win his first CART race. He would win five times in ’93, earning him the CART Championship.

Mansell was the first driver to win the CART title on debut, enabling him to become the only driver in history to hold both the F1 and CART championships at the same time. (When he won the CART title, the 1993 F1 championship had yet to be decided.)

Mansell received several more awards, including a Gold Medal from the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) and the ESPY (media) award for Best Driver.

Photocredit: Birmingham Mail

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