By Adam Tate, Associate Editor
Nigel Mansell, known by the British people as “Our Nige” was Britain’s premier F1 driver of the 1980’s and early 1990’s, but unlike modern star Lewis Hamilton, Mansell always seemed to just miss out. He finished second in the world championship three times before finally sealing the deal with Williams in 1992, then hoping the Atlantic to claim the IndyCar championship on his very first try. Mansell was beloved to his fans and known as the people’s champion for his humble roots and fighting spirit.
Nowhere was the spirit more on display than at his home race, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone which he won four times, including the 1987 race where he passed team mate Nelson Piquet at the end of the Grand Prix and his fans stormed the circuit to celebrate with their hero.
Our friends at Mobil 1 The Grid sat down with Mansell to talk about his experiences at the British Grand Prix, racing in front of the home crowd, and how he would fare against Lewis Hamilton.