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Mansell to drive Jordan in London 28 Jun 2004

Nigel Mansell (GBR) tests a Jordan Ford EJ13. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, 28 June 2004. World © Moy/Sutton

Former champion to make surprise cockpit return

The 1992 Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell will drive a Jordan EJ14 in the ‘F1 Comes to Regent Street’ event on Tuesday July 6, the team have announced.

Mansell had a top-secret seat fitting at the Jordan factory on Monday and immediately afterwards carried out a familiarisation run at the Silverstone circuit just across the road from the team's headquarters.

Mansell said, "It's great to be back in an F1 car, reunited with the love of my life. I think what London is doing is very special for the British Grand Prix. When I got the phone call from Eddie asking me if I would do this, it seemed the right thing to do. I am comfortable in the car after today and really enjoyed having a little play this afternoon. I practised launches, did a few laps and went round some corners a bit quicker than I should have! I can't wait to take part in the Regent Street event, this should be great for the fans."

Team boss Eddie Jordan added: "This unique event in Regent Street is all about Formula One giving something back to the fans. Nigel was undoubtedly the fans' favourite all over the world and I was delighted when he accepted my invitation to drive a Jordan car on this special occasion. I was a fan of Nigel's when we raced together in Formula 3 in the seventies and the total commitment and never-say-die attitude he showed throughout his racing career is what I have tried to follow at Jordan Grand Prix.

"Nigel is not just a former World Champion he is one of Britain's legendary sportsmen and I'm extremely proud he's driving our Jordan Ford. I'm sure if he wanted to race again he'd show many of today's heroes how to do it; you never know we might be able to tempt him away from the golf course to do another season!"

Jordan are one of eight teams due to participate in the Regent Street run, which takes place just five days before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 11.

See also: Formula One cars to come to London