It was Nigel Mansell’s year in 1986. The Briton had overcome psychological warfare with Williams team-mate Nelson Piquet and stiff competition from McLaren and Lotus to hold the championship lead entering the final Grand Prix of the season. Third place, regardless of where his championship rivals finished, would be enough to secure Britain its first World Champion since James Hunt 12 years earlier. Fate played a dastardly hand, however.
On Adelaide’s high-speed back straight, while holding third position, Mansell’s rear tyre let go in spectacular fashion, and it was all the Briton could do to wrestle the Williams-Honda under control. In the blink of an eye, Nigel’s title aspirations were over >>>