British motor-racing driver who became World Champion in 1992.
Mansell, born at Upton-on-Severn in the English Midlands, had a technical education, qualified as an engineer, and sold tractors before taking up motor racing professionally. Between 1969 and 1976 he won eleven kart-racing regional titles. In 1980 Mansell won his first Grand Prix, in Austria, driving with the Lotus team, with whom he stayed until 1984. He then drove with Williams (1985–88 and 1991–92) and Ferrari (1989–90). Mansell finally achieved his ambition of winning the World Championship in 1992, having notched up thirty-one Grand Prix victories in his career. He thus surpassed Jackie Stewart's previous British record of twenty-seven wins.
Mansell then switched to Indy car racing in the USA, becoming PPG Indy Car World Series Champion in 1993 with the Newman-Haas team. He changed to McLaren in 1995, the year in which he published his autobiography. Mansell was chosen BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1986 and 1992. He is also a special constable on the Isle of Man, where he took up residence for tax reasons.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).