On This Day: Mansell’ Record Equalled

On this day in 1995 Michael Schumacher equalled Nigel Mansell’s record of nine wins in a season at the Japanese Grand Prix, as well as securing the contructors’ championship for Benetton, ending three years of Williams dominance. Williams had a bad day as both their cars, driven by David Coulthard and Damon Hill, spun off. Hill’s day was particularly wretched as he went into the gravel while heading back to the pits to serve a stop-go penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Hill had only just signed a £5 million deal with the team for 1996 but already rumours were circulating Frank Williams was having second thoughts. “I’ve never felt this bad,” Hill said. “I’ve made mistakes this season, I can’t deny that. Just when you think it can’t get worse, it does.