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Last Updated: Monday, 28 June, 2004, 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK
Mansell in London F1 event
Nigel Mansell tries out a Jordan at Silverstone on Monday
Mansell said he had enjoyed driving the Jordan at Silverstone
Former world champion Nigel Mansell is to drive a Jordan in the Formula One demonstration in London next week.

The 1992 champion will join drivers from a further seven teams, including BAR's Jenson Button, in the publicity event in Regent Street on 6 July.

Team owner Eddie Jordan said: "This event is all about F1 giving something back to the fans. Nigel was undoubtedly the fans' favourite."

Mansell added: "It's great to be reunited with the love of my life."

Mansell last raced in F1 in 1995, in an ill-starred link-up with the McLaren team.

Nigel Mansell
I really enjoyed having a little play in the Jordan
Nigel Mansell
The 50-year-old drove a familiarisation test in Jordan's 2004 car, the EJ14, at Silverstone on Monday.

The event in Regent Street takes place just three days before the cars take to the track at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.

Mansell said after the test: "I think what London is doing is very special for the British Grand Prix.

"When I got the phone call from Eddie asking me if I would do this, it seemed the right thing to do.

"I am comfortable in the car after today and really enjoyed having a little play this afternoon.

"I practised launches, did a few laps and went round some corners a bit quicker than I should have! I can¿t wait to take part in the Regent Street event, this should be great for the fans.

Jordan added that he was "proud" Mansell would be driving one of his cars.

Mansell drove for Lotus, Williams, Ferrari and McLaren in a 12-and-a-half-year career in which he won 31 Grands Prix.

After four seasons with Lotus, he broke into the big time with Williams in 1985, winning for the first time in the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.

Nigel Mansell in his Williams-Renault FW14B at the 1992 Belgian Grand Prix
Mansell won his F1 title in 1992 with Williams-Renault
It was the start of an extended period of success, in which he was one of the few men who challenged the supremacy of the era's two greatest drivers, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

Mansell won his F1 title with Williams-Renault in 1992, after coming close in 1986 and 1987, when the team used Honda engines.

He fell out with Williams and quit the sport at the end of his title-winning season, and moved to the US-based IndyCar series, which he won at his first attempt in 1993.

He returned to F1 mid-way through 1994, replacing the late Ayrton Senna at Williams.

The team decided to employ David Coulthard instead in 1995, and Mansell joined McLaren.

The car was initially too small for him, and when it was modified to enable him to fit, he drove two poor races before splitting with the team.

His last F1 race was the 1995 Spanish Grand Prix, in which he retired claiming the car had handling problems.




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