Nigel Mansell: The Lion At Bay, by Chrstopher Hilton
Paperback, © 1995 Patrick Stephens Ltd, ISBN 9781852605316

Nigel Mansell: The Lion At BayNigel Mansell: The Lion at Bay follows the fast paced, bitter, dollar motivated scheming during the period of 1992 to 1995 which included a championships in both Formula 1 and IndyCars, team let downs, rejection, defection to IndyCars and ultimate return of a Formula 1 legend.

Christopher Hilton makes these tumultuous years come alive with a year by year, race by race run down of the skills, team dynamics, personality and politics of, it could be said, the best racing years of Nigel Mansell’s life. Filled with data, statistics team dynamics and the endless scheming, Hilton suggests the behind the scenes capers were much more dangerous and all together more exciting than the actual racing.

From the disappointment of a championship winner no longer having a place in F1 to the abject excitement and tension of signing a one year contract with Indy Car team Newman-Haas in 1992 for $7 million dollars.. this book reads like a soap opera.

After winning his 1992 F1 title, Mansell moved Stateside and won the 1993 Indy Car crownThe regret and disappointment of Williams and the F1 fraternity… cynics suggested that IndyCars represented a retirement home for Grand Prix drivers.

But Nigel proved them all wrong by becoming the first driver to win his maiden IndyCar race since 1966 and spoke of IndyCars as ‘a breath of fresh air’.

Mansell returned to F1 in 1994 following Ayrton Senna's death, but a full-time comeback proved shortlived...Unfortunately it took the death of Senna for Mansell to get to look in at being accepted back to Formula 1, racing the 1994 season of IndyCar for Newman-Haas and racing for Williams Renault at the France, Europe, Japan and Australian Grands Prix. Hilton writes ‘what could be more gratifying than Formula 1 admitting that it needed him? And, because he would bring to Formula 1 what no other driver on earth could bring to it’.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Nigel Mansell: The Lion At Bay


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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.