Peter Windsor's Mansellmania memoires - part one
It's the summer of 1992 and Mansellmania has gripped Britain as the country becomes united behind Red Five. Peter Windsor, then Williams team manager, recalls the events 20 years on from that unforgettable British GP weekend
It's been 20 years since Britain went wild for Formula 1 in a way that it never had before, or perhaps has since. Nigel Mansell had won six of the first eight races of the 1992 Formula 1 season and by Silverstone it seemed clear he was finally going to capture his coveted world title.
Off the back of his dominant '91 victory, crowds reported at the time to be in excess of 160,000 turned up in Northamptonshire, expecting glory - everybody in the country it seemed was now an F1 fan. And Mansell delivered in a haze of sundrenched hysteria that made for one unforgettable weekend in the summer of '92.
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