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Portuguese Grand Prix: Nigel Mansell Williams Renault FW14 was disqualified for having his tyre replaced outside of his pit box when his mid

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Portuguese Grand Prix: Nigel Mansell Williams Renault FW14 was disqualified for having his tyre replaced outside of his pit box when his mid

Nigel Mansell (GBR) Williams Renault FW14 was disqualified for having his tyre replaced outside of his pit box when his mid race stop was bungled.
Portuguese Grand Prix, Estoril, 22 September 1991

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In this print from the Portuguese Grand Prix in 1991, we witness a pivotal moment that would ultimately cost Nigel Mansell his victory. Driving the iconic Williams Renault FW14, Mansell finds himself disqualified for an unfortunate pit stop blunder. As the race intensifies at Estoril, Mansell's mid-race stop proves to be disastrous. In a desperate attempt to maintain his lead, his team hastily replaces a tyre outside of his designated pit box - a clear violation of racing regulations. Little did they know that this seemingly innocent mistake would have severe consequences. The image captures Mansell's car halted on track as officials surround him, discussing the breach that occurred moments ago. The tension is palpable as disappointment and frustration etch across Mansell's face. With victory within reach only seconds before, it slips away like sand through fingers. This photograph serves as a stark reminder of how even the smallest errors can have monumental implications in motorsport. It immortalizes not just one man's misfortune but also highlights the unforgiving nature of competitive racing. Decades later, this snapshot continues to resonate with fans worldwide who understand that triumph and defeat often hang by a thread in Formula One. It stands as a testament to Nigel Mansell's skill and determination while serving as an enduring symbol of both heartbreak and resilience on the grandest stage of motorsport history.

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