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(Automobile Year/DPPI)

Nigel Mansell blasts his Lotus 87 Ford through the North Sea sand dunes of the fabulous Dutch circuit on August 30 1981…

Mansell joined the team in 1980, contesting the Austrian, Imola and Canadan Grands Prix.

In Holland he qualified his Cosworth powered Lotus 87 17th in a field of 30, 5 cars were non-qualifiers. His race was a short one though, he retired with an electrical failure on the races first lap. Alain Prost took the Renault RE30 win from Nelson Piquet, Brabham BT49C Ford (Piquet won the drivers title that year and Williams the constructors) and Alan Jones’ Williams FW07C Ford.

Mansell finished his first full season with 8 points, 14th in the drivers championship and a best placing of 3rd at Zolder, Belgium.

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Mansell, Zandvoort 1981. (The Cahier Archive)

Photo Credit…DPPI, The Cahier Archive