Former F1 and IndyCar champion Nigel Mansell will serve as the drivers’ representative on the FIA Stewards’ panel at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, which stages its second Formula 1 race.
The 60-year-old – who now enjoys his retirement and the occasional round of golf minus his famous moustache – is still considered among the greatest racing drivers ever produced in the UK.
He claimed a total of 32 pole positions, 31 race wins and 28 further podium finishes in his 187-race career, driving for the likes of Lotus, Williams and (very forgettably) McLaren before retiring in mid-1995. He also became the first driver to win the IndyCar championship crown in his rookie season in 1993, after romping to the F1 crown in the all-conquering Williams the year before.
While Mansell may have enjoyed great success in the United States during his brief flirtation in IndyCars in 1993-4, his Formula 1 results were rather ordinary. In ten years of F1 racing in the country, his best finish was a fourth-placed result at the little-loved Caesars Palace car park in 1981 (pictured).
He did lead the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix in appalling heat, but faded to sixth (collapsing after trying to push his car across the finish line).
He served on the Stewards’ Panel at this year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, a role he has performed on numerous occasions since the practice was adopted in 2010.