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Andretti vs Mansell

A few weeks ago a reader asked our editor-in-chief Nigel Roebuck if it was true that Mario Andretti and Nigel Mansell didn’t like each other. The answer is, yes, it’s true. In fact, Andretti and Mansell could barely tolerate each other and endured a very icy relationship during their two years together as IndyCar team-mates at Newman/Haas in 1993 and ’94.

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Mansell at Phoenix, 1993

Andretti first encountered Mansell during his world championship-winning Lotus days. Mansell joined Lotus in 1980 as a third-string and test driver at a time when Andretti and Elio de Angelis were Lotus’s number one and two and from day one, for whatever reasons, Mario and Mansell took an instant dislike for each other.

Newman/Haas Racing was founded in 1983 as a one-car team focused entirely on Andretti after he had reluctantly retired from Formula 1 and Mario spent the last 12 years of his career with the team. He was its only entry from 1983-’88 before his son Michael joined the team in a second car in 1989. Michael was at the top of his game in those days and he won the CART championship in 1991 and led the most laps in the Indy 500 in 1991 and ’92.

In 1993 Michael made a move to F1 with McLaren where he was teamed with Ayrton Senna and Paul Newman and Carl Haas scored a coup by convincing current F1 World Champion Mansell to quit F1 and race Indycars for them. I wrote a story in the August issue of Motor Sport about Mansell’s two years in America and I encourage anyone who missed it to read that story about what occurred as Mansell won the ’93 CART title and had a less productive second season before returning for his brief F1 swan song with Williams and McLaren.

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Mansell at Laguna Seca, 1993

Amid Mansell’s triumphant first year with Newman/Haas, the 53-year old Andretti could not have been more unhappy. “That was one time were I felt somewhat betrayed,” Mario says. “I don’t want to cry about it, but I think Mansell came on there and being the charmer that he was, he separated the team. We were not a team anymore and that was allowed to happen because that’s what Mansell demanded.”

Andretti maintains that he and his engineer Brian Lisles never sat down and compared notes and data with Mansell and his engineer Peter Gibbons. “I felt totally isolated,” Mario recalls. “There was no passing of any information on to me. I don’t know who to blame but it was certainly a period of time that Mansell was allowed to totally dominate the situation. It was kind of a bittersweet thing for me. Peter and Nigel would never sit down with us and discuss anything that went on over the weekend. It was a perfect example of a two-driver team that was as divided as it could possibly be and the ambience, or the atmosphere, was not good. It was not fun to go racing like that.”

Jim McGee was Newman/Haas’s team manager in 1993 and ’94. McGee and Andretti had worked together through the late ’60s when Andretti won three USAC Championships and the ’69 Indy 500, and knew each other well. “When I went to work for Carl, the reason Carl hired me was not so much for Mario,” McGee remarks. “It was for Mansell. Carl made it perfectly clear to me that my big job was to look after Mansell and make sure he was happy. I think Mario felt like I should have been there more for him than for Mansell, but that’s not the way Carl laid the deal out for me.

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Andretti pits at Indy, 1994

“I don’t know if Mario even knew that. When Carl hired me he said, ‘Jim, this Mansell’s going to be a handful and I need you to take care of him.’ Mario had a good relationship with Brian Lisles for four years and I did focus on Mansell and I guess that pissed Mario off quite a bit.

“Mansell was such a showman. He was a magnet for the press and I think Mario thought the press should have been paying more attention to him in his last few years. Another thing was Mansell was very generous with the team. He gave them bonus money in cash and that really pissed Mario off.”

And Mansell? He brushes off Andretti and revels in a high point of his career. “There were a few times when it was quite frustrating with the other side of the garage,” Mansell remarked. “When that happened we just focused on getting on with doing the best we could achieve.

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“Looking back,” he adds, “I think to win the IndyCar championship in my first try was an even bigger achievement than we felt at the time because Indycar racing was a totally different discipline than Formula 1 and to walk straight in and get pole position and win my first race and win four oval races in my first year, it was pretty amazing stuff.

“The Indy Car World Series was mega-competitive in those days. There were many great drivers and teams and it was a great accomplishment to win the championship in such a competitive environment. Those were exceptional times in America with the popularity of Indycar racing at the time. It was just magnificent.”

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40 comments on Andretti vs Mansell

  1. Pat O'Brien, 23 September 2013 13:11

    Thanks for the article, Gordon. The Newman-Haas package was clearly the right combination that year. The year before, Michael lead about every race he ran but they had teething problems that were worked out by the time Mansell came over. Still, his ability to immediately go to the front was remarkable, especially on the short ovals. In Fittipaldi’s driving book he says the short ovals were the most foreign to him and took the longest to learn. Milwaukee took Mansell about thirty laps to learn. He may have had a high-maintenance personality but he knew how to drive.

  2. JSaviano, 23 September 2013 14:03

    That was a very high point for Indycars. I watched every race those years. Not the same now.

    Mansell, as the article says, was most definitely a handful, a prima donna, etc – but a damn good driver.

  3. ian, 23 September 2013 17:50

    Taking an instant dislike to Nigel Mansell seems an eminently sensible thing to do to me.

  4. Ray In Toronto, Canada (Ray T (The other one)), 23 September 2013 17:53

    Well. Mansell hadn’t exactly had it easy and went through the school of hard knocks on the way to the top in Formula One.

    The Englishman broke his back in a junior formula accident and had to fight for Andretti’s vacent 1980 seat at Lotus who, then, dumped him for Ayrton Senna at the end of 1984.

    Then, Nelson Piquet used a contract to screw him with the spare / ‘T’ car in Hungarian GP practice and the like in 1986.

    Not to mention Alain Prost’s politicing at Ferrari in 1990.

    By the time he got to America he had gone through the wars – both on and off the track – against some very top talent, namely Senna as well as teammates Prost and Piquet and, before that, Keke Rosberg (former Formula Atlantic driver along with Gilles Villeneuve and Bobby Rahal).

    It was hardly easy for Mansell and his in-team experiences (against Piquet and Prost) ensured that he would never get the short end of the stick from the other side of the garage.

    Mario, sadly, ought to have expected that.

  5. Kevin Hatch, 23 September 2013 19:38

    Mansell bashing seems to be a favourite pastime at Motorsport
    Magazine, especially when Andretti is concerned. I’ve always believed that if Mansell was Italian or Brazilian, he would be
    seen as a God,like Senna, Andretti, Stewart & Motorsport magazines new favourite Brundle.
    Would Motorsport magazine like to see Mansell airbrushed from
    Motorsport history?

  6. Tomsk, 23 September 2013 20:36

    There’s a lesson in there for the next super-team: Alonso and Raikkonen. Don’t separate the team. Be a speaky team…

  7. Ben, 23 September 2013 20:42

    Mansell was known to be an extremely difficult person to work with. He often felt people were out to get him and had an inferiority complex. But, on his day he was as quick as anyone- capable of beating the likes of Senna and Prost.
    His Indycar title makes up for only having one F1 title- a driver who brought flair and drama wherever he went!

  8. Elusive American F1 Fan, 23 September 2013 21:29

    Thanks for the article. Fast on his day (including when he fit in the car), Our Nige was not on the same level as Mario, who was and remains quite possibly the most accomplished driver of all time.

  9. Dave Cubbedge, 23 September 2013 22:59

    Nigel couldn’t hold Mario’s helmet bag. The fact that he needed so much handling to beat an aging Mario (one year from retirement) tells it all. In ’94 Nigel couldn’t do squat with the same equipment….

    Mansell’s foray into Indycar made for some interesting news, but I would have rather both Nigel and Michael Andretti stayed put in ’93. There was a certain Frenchman to attach partial blame…..

  10. lol, 24 September 2013 00:22

    Look at all the armchair experts telling it like it is in the comments section. It’s comical.

  11. Jock Hiddleston, 24 September 2013 11:52

    While Mansell was a great driver and did an amazing thing by winning the Indy car title in his first year, his history record pales into insignificance when comparing it to Andretti’s

  12. Terry Jacob, 24 September 2013 13:26

    Nigel Mansell as a ‘team mate’ , there’s a contradiction in terms ……….

  13. Ray In Toronto, Canada (Ray T (The other one)), 24 September 2013 15:43

    I, actually, was a fan of both, in F1 as well as IndyCar.

    Mario may be one of the very greats of the 1st Century of motor sport – but Mansell was not exactly a light-weight.

    Mario – at least during his most fruitful time in F1 – hadn’t nearly the level of intra-team competition that Mansell had to contend with.

    Mario had Gunnar and Ronnie followed by Reutemann and de Angelis – but he was Number 1 at JPS Lotus either by merit or contract.

    Mansell, on the other hand, had to go up against a number of Top guys who were already World Champions (Keke, Piquet and Prost, all in their VERY PRIME) and had to fight like hell, sometimes as a Number 2 in political environments.

    Those slagging off Mansell have no idea how he was screwed over by the likes of Piquet and co.

    Mario, by contrast, had it (relatively) easier and drove in F1 at a time when there was honor – and against teammates who were honorable, especially Ronnie Peterson.

    Each of them was a man of their times and their environmet. 10 to 12 years makes a big difference, especially at a time international motor racing was making a big transition towards being more ‘corporate’, etc.

  14. 1959 Impala, 24 September 2013 16:15

    I’m with Mr Hatch and our Canadian friend on this one. It seems Motorsport nevers fails to grab an opportinity to slag Mansell off. Both Mansell and Mario were legends – so they didn’t get on. It’s not a new story with “team mates”.

  15. Rob Elwell, 24 September 2013 17:05

    Disregarding Mansell “not being political”, the fact remains that in ’86 and ’87 he handed Piquet his own ar**e on a plate for sheer speed.

    But sheer speed never won a title, and in 1990, Alain Prost was the one handing Mansell the plate. Mansell’s response was to go back to Williams.

    When people compare Mansell with Prost or Senna they should preface the comparison with “on his day”.

  16. Rich Ambroson, 24 September 2013 17:05

    Was/am a huge fan of Il Leone. That doesn’t mean I don’t respect, appreciate, admire, and enjoy all that Mario did,it just means that one can enjoy both. I don’t think this is a binary situation. Nice to read the most recent comments appreciating Mansell. Nothing against Mario at all, I just happen to also be a fan of Nigel Mansell.

  17. Ray In Toronto, Canada (Ray T (The other one)), 24 September 2013 17:06

    Yes, as 1959 Impala says, it’s hardly anything new about ‘team-mates’ in single seater racing not being all buddies and pals.

    Throw two “friends” together into the same team at the top level and see how long they remain so-called ‘friends’.

    I imagine it must have been a total shock for a man like Mario to have his son’s place being taken over by a guy who’d just fought like a dog against the likes of Senna, Prost, Piquet, Rosberg, Berger and Co. in a very Dog-Eat-Dog world at the very sharp end of motor sport and having to deal with the agendas of the likes of Honda and Ferrari and Renault.

    For Mario, it must have felt like an Alien had dropped in from the sky – in full battle armor. And the Alien was dropping in to conquer!

    :)

    Mr Kirby:

    May I ask why precisely “Mario and Mansell took an instant dislike for each other” back in 1980?

    What do you mean by “for whatever reasons”?

    Mario was very much THE senior, significantly wealthier driver then and Mansell was a junior – with very little power and not much of a net worth (if any) – in those days.

    Why not tell us the REAL story!?!?

    I’m curious – as i’m sure are many others.

  18. Ray In Toronto, Canada (Ray T (The other one)), 24 September 2013 17:24

    Rob Elwell,

    No one’s saying Mansell was a superior in talent to Senna and Prost.

    Senna and Prost are, in my book, two of the Top 5 Grand Prix drivers of All Time along with the likes of Clark, Moss and Fangio.

    Just because Mansell didn’t “rate” alongside them, doesn’t mean he didn’t have balls and talent.

    All I’m saying is he went up against a might bunch of drivers during the mid 80s to early 90s and he accounted reasonably well for himself, often against teammates who had a superior contract – the type Mario had against his Number 2 JPS Lotus team-mates.

    Not everyone can be Senna and Prost. Most of them weren’t and aren’t.

    And, when it comes to Formula One, neither was Mario.

    If anyone thinks Mario was at the level of Senna and Prost when it comes to Formula One Grand Prix racing, then they are fooling themselves.

  19. The Original Ray T, 24 September 2013 19:27

    Nigel Mansell may have hated Andretti, but he really just hated Champ Cars. He was among the first to out Indy as a second-rate formula, highlighted by his, “…this is a joke..” comments when he was punted out of the 500.

    As for Andretti…arguably one of the best and most diverse drivers in history, but his 1979 world championship was really due to two things: a vastly superior car, and a loyal Ronnie Petersen and liberal use of Ronnie’s brake pedal. Things were different between team mates in the 70s.

  20. Simon, 24 September 2013 19:53

    It was 1978 and Peterson

  21. Marty D, 24 September 2013 20:04

    Mario remains peerless. The man won his first race while Eisenhower was president–and 30 years on was qualifying on pole for Michigan–at 234 mph! Difficult not to take his side in any debate….

    But his team had the chance to land the reigning World Champion. A no-brainer not only for Newman/Haas, but for CART and the sport at large.

    And clearly, doing absolutely everything to make Mansell happy and win as much as possible was the right course of action.

    I felt for Mario at the time, (still do), and understand his complaints against the team–but what about his obligation the other way? Carl Haas (and CART) were trying to do something extraordinary. Like him or loathe him, Mansell was a driver of the rarest sort: one who could overcome his machinery. He had a huge following. F1 in the 80′s-90′s would have been a far poorer show without him. I was always a Prost fan…but it was the thought of what Mansell might do that got my teenage brother and I up out of our American beds at 4:00 AM to watch every Grand Prix live.

    While it shook us fans (and the CART regulars, too, I’m sure) to see Mansell walk the table in ’93, I can only applaud Mario’s team for challenging everyone to live up to the series’ claim of being “the world’s BEST racing.” I remember stopping into a gas station in NASCAR country during that season–and being greeted by a life-sized standie of “Nige.”

    And, really, let’s be honest–would ANYONE here want Mansell for a team mate??

  22. Marty D, 24 September 2013 20:13

    p.s. Wasn’t that Lola a beautiful car?

  23. harvey small, 25 September 2013 00:08

    Could/would a current F1 World Champion ? Vettel ? switch to indycar and win with a top team? Perhaps, Mansell did it, Senna/Prost/Schumacher never needed to.

  24. harvey small, 25 September 2013 00:15

    Come to think of it..How come Piquet ended up in the wall at Indy? Money..something else

  25. Alex Milligan, 25 September 2013 07:30

    MArty D has nailed it – Mansell wrung the neck of every car he drove – don’t bother with the “too hard on the car or no mechanical sympathy responses please, racing cars are meant to be driven hard!!!
    Yes, he had a chip on his shoulder, yes he was/is insecure, of course he was high maintenance and a drama queen, but what a driver, what a racer!!
    Patrick Head rates him and that is good enough for me. Peter Warr clearly was intimidated by him and could not manage him.
    He was fast. That is what is expected of him and he usually delivered to the fans if not always in terms of points and WC’s.
    I saw him work a crowd at the Lotus stand at Goodwood FOS in 2011 and was very impressed with his presentation relating stories of his career and he made a young lad’s day when he called him out of the crowd to ask a question and receive personal attention. Went up in my estimation as a man, he was already a champion driver in my eyes.

  26. Ray In Toronto, Canada (Ray T (The other one)), 25 September 2013 12:38

    So, anyone know why “Mario and Mansell took an instant dislike for each other” in 1980?

  27. Ivan Carlos Ruchesi, 25 September 2013 17:38

    Another conflict between star drivers in the same team, I think if it was built around Andretti for such a long time, Carl Haas should have explained Mario what he wanted in the 1993 CART season and not only let Mansell drop there. Remember Mansell won the 1992 F1 driver title in great style and it was only natural for him to be chosen to lead the title challenge in another team, even in CART. But was it realistic for Mario to ask for first driver status at 53 in a team supposed to fight the titles in the most competitive open wheel car racing series against his 12 year-younger (and F1 champion) team mate?
    On the other hand, Mario is known for have tried to control some of his fast team mates, namely Peterson or Reutemann. the former by means of contractual clauses and the later by declarations to the yellow press (“Reutemann must go”, “Reutemann is negative for the team”, and the like) until he left for 1980. In vain, because also Mario left Lotus after Reutemann…

  28. Charles Norman, 25 September 2013 17:38

    These two characters were like chalk and cheese. It is generally perceived that when Mansell joined Lotus he was thought of as a bit of a whiner and full of excuses from the Team Manager down. That would have been totally alien to a guy like Andretti who by then had been in top line motor sport for a very long time, and would have been more used to drivers personalities like Foyt; Jim Clark; Dan Gurney; JYS; Jackie Ickx and Ronnie to name but a few.

    With this in mind I can well imagine Mario being somewhat dismissive (to say the very least) of Nigel and that would have stuck and as they say never to be forgotten.

    So it is quite possible that when Mansell arrived in the Haas Team, now the famous reigning F1 champ, he was making his mark, even with some form of payback.

    Both drivers had great careers with differing attributes that made them what they are/were. Mansell was hugely competitive as a person, the sort of guy that would not be beaten in any sport or activity. He was also very strong physically and very brave which stood him in very good stead during the turbo era and then later with the brutal active ride cars.

    Andretti was a hugely talented driver who did not drive in his first GP until he was 28, and amazingly put his Lotus 49B on pole. Check out the competition that day if you doubt his ability. He then had sporadic appearances from then until 1976 when he joined Lotus full-time.

  29. Charles Norman, 25 September 2013 17:53

    Mario was 34 years old when he joined Lotus and when he won the F1 title in 1978 he was 36 years of age. Today a driver is eased out of F1 at that age, much to the detriment of the sport to my mind.

    There are those that say he was gifted the title that year by having a compliant number two, However it could be argued that he deserved the title as he was the one that worked so hard at Lotus to bring them to that level. Ronnie Peterson was for me one of the greatest ever, hugely naturally talented with the most wonderful car control.

    Above all else Ronnie was a man of his word and drove as the number two. There are those who doubt the credibility of Mario because of that, but lets be honest Ronnie could have blitz most team mates whatever period in history they came from.

    Andretti wasn’t every bodies cup of tea but there can be no denying that he was one of the greats of our sport and who knows what he could have achieved if he had raced in Grand Prix when a much younger man.

    Nigel through hard work and some great sacrifice achieved huge success in his career. He may well have been high maintenance but the guy was a superb racer, just a shame we had all of the histrionics at the time.

  30. wayne wachtell, 25 September 2013 18:16

    happened to read somewhere that mario had it in for danny sullivan who beat him in the indy 500! you remember the spin and it still didnt stop danny sullivan from winning ! mario finished second and didnt speak to sullivan for years ! in racing its war and thats just how it is!

  31. expathongkonger, 26 September 2013 01:32

    Great Article & brilliantly lively comments. Mansell still producing lots of controversy years after he finished racing!

    When you only had miserably boring TV in your childhood, the ‘Mansell years’ were fantastically exciting & v. good time to be a petrolhead & British, watching the sport. He was the biggest scrapper out there and always considered the underdog. Very entertaining. If only we could recreate in F1 now?

  32. Ray In Toronto, Canada (Ray T (The other one)), 26 September 2013 13:40

    I’ll be controvertial here…

    Let’s pretend both Mario and Mansell are “in their pomp” and about the same age and/or a similar level of experience. [So late 60s to late 70s Mario Vintage vs mid 80s to early 90s Mansell Vintage]

    Whilst there’s little doubt Mario would have the measure of Mansell on Dirt Ovals, in Stock Cars, Le Mans/Sports cars and at Pike’s Peak over any given two- to three-week period, I’ll suggest that Mario would only able to hold off Mansell from giving him a good beating in a Formual One Grand Prix car via a Number 1 – Number 2 contract… An Air Tight contract.

  33. Hotdogger, 27 September 2013 06:59

    I’ll disagree Ray. I’d say Mario of the late 60s would have been more than a match for Nigel of the late 80s. Both were possessed animals during this period and extracted everything out of their cars. Mario mellowed out and was more calculative, mature and technicality oriented by the late 70s and early 80s.

  34. Marty D, 28 September 2013 00:14

    Pomp vs. pomp, I’d imagine Andretti would just shade it.

    As many exciting days as Mansell has brought us, I don’t think he’s ever been considered as consistently top-level quick as Andretti in his day. True, Mansell had quite a few title challenges over his career, whereas Mario was only ever a championship player in ’78–but that Lotus 79 was the only good F1 car he ever had! (Vel’s Parnelli, anyone? )

    And if they were to go head to head over an entire season, the evidence suggests Mario would do a better job on car development and set up.

    Possibly the more interesting question is, who would fare better in today’s F1?

    Car development today seems to rely so little on the driver’s input. And with such an emphasis on aerodynamic purity and very tight performance envelopes, could a character like Mansell take something like the current McLaren or Ferrari (or–egad!–current Williams!) by the scruff of the neck and wring out a result? Is that what we’re seeing when Alonso takes a car that’s qualified 9th and brings it home 2nd? Or was Mansell doing something different?

    This is what frustrates me about today’s F1: I find it difficult to discern this difference. So I rely on experts like Nigel and Gordon to tell me!

  35. Marty D, 28 September 2013 00:29

    Ray in Toronto (lovely city!), I can see your point about Mario needing the no.1/no.2 driver contract to hold off Mansell, (think of Nigel’s years with Piquet, right?)…but then I think of Nigel’s years with Prost.

    My impression was, politics aside, the Prof. had him pretty well handled during that period. Whatever else, Prost provided a benchmark that showed up Mansell’s inconsistency. I’d imagine Mario (again, in his prime), with his kind of top-level speed, would be fast everywhere, and thus, contractual superiority or no, he’d build more and more of an edge, and earn greater team support over the course of a season.

    One thing for sure–it would’ve been fascinating to see!

  36. Dusty Studebaker, 30 September 2013 06:56

    Reading some of the comments here one could get the impression that Ronnie Peterson would engage cruise control, light a cigarette, turn on the radio, and glide along effortlessly behind Mario Andretti, who was driving his pants off trying to stay ahead. Is it possible that Mario was holding station, too? He drove fast enough to get them home one-two, no faster.

    I can’t say who would have won in ’78 if there were no team orders. I suspect Mario would have prevailed, if for no other reason than Ronnie was clueless when it came to setting up a race car. It would have been wonderful to see, though.

  37. Ray In Toronto, Canada (Ray T (The other one)), 30 September 2013 12:15

    I don’t know who *would* have been World Champion for Lotus had there been no contracts…

    …but I do think Mario *deserved* it. He had worked very hard – with Champan & Co – in 1976 and 1977 to develop the cars to where they were by 1978 and Ronnie was given a life-line after some time in the wilderness.

    PS

    I’ve seen “Rush” three times now. LOVE that movie. We got a glimpse of those Lotuses a number of times, including Andretti’s at Nurburgring – and on Pole and winning at ‘Fuji’.

    Awesome!

    God bless Ron Howard and Peter Morgan (and the other producers)!

  38. A.S. Gilbert, 1 October 2013 13:44

    Interesting piece, Gordon.
    I would have thought that the overlap at Lotus, too short to really light a fuse. Still, big egos, master and then underclassman not withstanding. Possibly Mario saw Nigel’s appreciation by Chapman as less than a blessing.
    Reutemann he reviled because Carlos immediately saw the Lotus 80 as a “dog that bites” and wouldn’t try developing it.This after Mario saw “daylight” under the contact patches of the front wheels at speed a few times. His misery wanted company.
    Mario’s dimension is very great, but I don’t think he was quicker than Mansell at the peak.
    “On his day”, is used liberally here, but Mansell had many “days”. He was “it’s never over until it’s over” personified.We owe him much for lighting it up on other wise dreary days.
    Great if you could put him in a “RBR” now, eh Seb !
    I think many of the conflict issues are well outlined here, but recall another. Nigel said something about “sorting” young Michael out once, publicly after some close quarters argy-bargy. Surfers Paradise, maybe ? It was more “step outside” lingo than the UN method, and Mario thought very ill of it.
    I recall Mansell, very immediately saying he was kidding, but…!
    Oh, lest we forget, that while occasionally self inflicted, Mansell’s overall luck was abysmal.
    Took a phenomenal Head/Newey time machine to thwart fate by advantage, but his championships were for a body of work, to me.

  39. ANTHONY JENKINS, 23 December 2013 23:51

    Nigel Mansel had his days and won a World Championship in in a car vastly superior to his rivals that year. But he spent a long time as a journeyman and ended his career similarly as an overpaid and underwhelming waste of a good car. ( Just look what a motivated Hakkinen did in his place). And in forays outside F1 ( British tin tops) Mansell was crap, a well-paid media magnet, but crap.
    Mario Andretti was an almost instant winner in any category in which he raced. And a class act doing it, beloved by his teams. Nigel Mansell, is a footnote in racing history and an unpleasant personality. Andretti, in spades, is nether of these.

  40. CARTchamp, 10 January 2014 23:15

    Not to be picky but that Andretti pit stop picture is Michael in 95 not Mario in 94.

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