Nigel Mansell will return to the scene of his near-win 20 years ago

Former Formula 1 and IndyCar champion Nigel Mansell will serve as the drivers’ representative on the FIA Stewards’ Panel for the first time this season, the FIA has confirmed.

Twenty years ago, the Englishman was involved in a thrilling duel for victory on the streets of the Principality in the year he won the World Championship crown for Williams.

After looking set to cruise to a long-awaited maiden win at Monaco, Mansell pitted late in the race for what he suspected was a slow puncture (it was actually a loose wheel), losing the lead to long-time rival Ayrton Senna in the process.

Mansell and Senna duel for the lead of the 1992 Monaco Grand Prix

With a handful of laps remaining, Mansell closed the gap to Senna but was unable to find a way by the wily Brazilian, who went on to claim his fifth Monaco Grand Prix victory.

Mansell would never win at Monaco, and he would see a potential win here slip through his fingers on two other occasions: he crashed out while leading the rain-hit race in 1984, and suffered a turbo failure in 1987.

Mansell has previously served on the Stewards’ Panel at the 2011 British and Belgian Grands Prix.

He is the fourth former driver to serve on the panel this year. Johnny Herbert served at the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix, while Emanuele Pirro had the honour at the following rounds at China and Bahrain. Former Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen served most recently at the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.