Mansell to drive Formula 1 two-seater

Nigel Mansell is to make his return to the cockpit of a Formula 1 car next year - in a European Formula Racing two-seater

Mansell to drive Formula 1 two-seater

This week's Autosport magazine exclusively reports that the 1992 world champion is to demonstrate the modified Formula 1 car at European Formula Racing events at British circuits, giving rides to sponsors and corporate guests.

"I'm obviously delighted to be back in an F1 car," said Mansell, "but this time with passengers! This is one of the most exciting motorsport-based opportunites I have worked with."

The deal has been struck by European Aviation boss Paul Stoddart, who has strong links with Arrows and runs his own Formula 3000 outfit - the European Arrows team.

"It is one thing to be driven at high speed," said Stoddart, "but to do it with Nigel is quite frankly the ultimate passenger ride."

Six two-seater cars have been built so far and there are plans to build two more. Stoddart wants to have all the cars running on track at the same time to create 'multi-car, high-speed demonstrations.' The Australian is keen to stress, however, that the cars will not actually be racing.

To see Jim Bamber's view of Nigel Mansell's F1 return, click here.

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