Nigel is Britain’s most famous racing driver who won both the Formula One World Championship (1992) and the CART Indy Car World Series (1993). He is the only person to hold both titles simultaneously.
His career in Formula One covered 15 seasons, with his final two full seasons of top-level racing being spent in the CART series.
In terms of his 31 race victories Nigel is the most successful British Formula One driver of all time, and is fourth overall on the Formula One race winners list. He was inducted to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005.
Until 2011 he held the record for the most number of poles set in a single season, and was rated in the top 10 Formula One drivers of all time by longtime Formula One commentator Murray Walker.
Nigel raced in the GP Masters series and signed a one-off deal for the Scuderia Ecosse GT race team to drive their number 63 Ferrari F430 GT2 car at Silverstone in 2007. With his sons Leo and Greg he later competed in additional sports car races including the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans.
On 16 July 2005, Mansell took part in a Race of Legends exhibition event at the Norisring round of the DTM. He competed against Jody Scheckter, Alain Prost, Mick Doohan,Emerson Fittipaldi and Johnny Cecotto, each driver having an opportunity to drive Audi, Mercedes and Opel cars.
Mansell became a financial stakeholder and a driver in the new Grand Prix Masters series. Following a period of testing and developing the car, Mansell made a successful race comeback by winning the inaugural race of the series in Kyalami in November 2005. After the success of the race at Kyalami, four dates were scheduled for the GP Masters Series in 2006, including one at Silverstone. Mansell won the season opener at Qatar in April from pole position.
For the 2010 Formula One season, the Sporting Regulations were changed so that a former driver sits on the stewards’ panel. Mansell took this role at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 British Grand Prix.
On 1 October 2009 Nigel appeared as the ‘Face of Euronics’.
In 2010, Nigel paired with Iranian-British comic Omid Djalili in an UK television advertising campaign for price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com and at the end of the first ad, Djalili put a fake moustache on Mansell’s upper lip.
Nigel is the current President of one of the UK’s largest Youth Work Charities, UK Youth and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2012 for services to children and young people.
He is also President of the IAM(Institute of Advanced Motorists).