Nigel Mansell, 1995
After losing the Williams seat to David Coulthard, Nigel Mansell signed to drive for McLaren in 1995. McLaren’s title sponsor Marlboro wanted a world champion, but both parties soon regretted the move.
Before the season started, Mansell could not fit into the narrow new McLaren chassis and was replaced by Mark Blundell for the opening two rounds in Brazil and Argentina.
Mansell’s adapted car was completed in 33 days and in time for Imola, but after the Spanish Grand Prix, where Mansell was frustrated over his car’s performance, he chose to retire after just two races with the team.
Later in 2015, Mansell stated that he was wrong to leave McLaren so soon and that in hindsight he should have continued with the team and help improve the car.