Thursday 13 January 2011

Red No.5

British driver Nigel Mansell was Formula 1 Champion in 1992, quickly followed by CART Champion in 1993, a feat never matched by any other driver.

The tifosi (Ferrari fans) gave him the nickname "il leone" ("the lion") when he drove for Ferrari (1989-1990) because of his fearless driving style.

He won his F1 Championship racing a Williams-Renault, but in 1986, his Williams FW11 was powered by the Honda engine.

Pen&ink and Prismacolor sticks on white archival stock 12"x 9" © Paul Chenard 2011

He won five races in 1986, and finished 2nd in the Championship to winner Alain Prost.

His car was famously labeled with a red No.5, which was carried on his later Williams racecars.

1 comment:

Art Tidesco said...

Great drawing Paul, I remember seeing Nigel win his first formula 3 victory in 1979, Nigel was the best in the Red 5 FW 11 and FW 11B two championships slipped out of his hands one by a freak(ish) puncture in '86 and the second a result of a accident which gave him a spinal injury in '87 and meant he could not take part in the last two races of the season. Hey ho ! Nigel came back with a vengeance in 1991 and 1992 wearing the Red 5 on the FW14 and FW14B.