Nigel Mansell was riding high in 1992, dominating the field and taking a decisive championship win for Williams. But come 1993, the usually mild-mannered Brummie got upset about arch-rival Alain Prost joining the illustrious (well, it was at the time) British outfit and flounced off to do a season of CART in the US.
He won that championship too, because why not, but 1994 was less successful, with an eighth-place finish. With the season finishing relatively early in the year, Nigel was left free to take the seat at Williams sadly vacated by the death of Ayrton Senna for the final three races of the year. He won the season finale at Adelaide after championship contenders Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill controversially boshed into each other.
But oh, 1995. Williams opted to go with Scottish youngster David Coulthard, so Mansell ended up at McLaren at the urging of title sponsor Marlboro. Unfortunately it turned out that Our Nige – not one of the latest generation of horse jockey-style waifs – didn’t actually fit in the MP4/10. Awkward.
McLaren mechanics took a hacksaw to the car and glued it back together (but with a bit more give in the cockpit, of course) in an impressive 33 days, for which Mansell was incredibly grateful and dominated the season, taking a furth…actually, no. He wasn’t happy with the pace and handling of the car and retired from McLaren after two races with the team.