- August 16 down the years
Mansell finally fulfils his dreamWhat happened on this day in Formula One history?
Nigel Mansell finally achieved his dream of becoming Formula One World Champion when he finished second in the Hungarian Grand Prix to Ayrton Senna. Mansell had twice come within touching distance of the title in 1986 and 1987 and was again runner-up in 91. He dominated the 1992 season, clinching the title in only the 11th race of the season, setting a new record for winning the title in the least number of grands prix since the 16-race season was adopted. The Hungarian Grand Prix also marked the final race for the famous Brabham name, the team struggling for money and rife with political infighting.
Five years earlier and Mansell was at it again, this time winning the Austrian Grand Prix. Mansell had been handicapped slightly after having a wisdom tooth removed before practice, allowing team-mate Nelson Piquet to take pole. After two crashes and two red flags, Piquet led Mansell until lap 21 when the Englishman battled past and remained in front for victory. McLaren driver Stefan Johansson was lucky to escape with a cracked rib after crashing heavily after hitting a deer in practice.
Michael Schumacher won the Hungarian Grand Prix to close the gap in the championship between himself and Mika Hakkinen to just seven points. Hakkinen and McLaren team-mate Coulthard had occupied the front row but Schumacher set an alarming pace, making the most of a three-stop strategy to get the jump on the two-stopping McLarens.
It had been six years since F1 cars had visited the Zeltweg circuit and home favourite Jochen Rindt plopped his Lotus 72 on pole at the stunning venue. But it was to be Belgian Jacky Ickx, who started on the second row, who took the win from Ferrari team-mate Clay Regazzoni as Rindt retired early with an engine failure.
Jacques Laffite won the Austrian Grand Prix ahead of Rene Arnoux and Nelson Piquet. Laffite benefitted from the retirement of Alain Prost to move up to second late in the race and executed a good passing move to pass Arnoux on lap 39. All in all, a good race to watch for French F1 fans.