In 1995 McLaren thought they formed the dream team with all the M's they could get: Marlboro-McLaren-Mercedes-Mobil-Mansell-Mika. But unfortunately it did not turn out that way.
Replacing Martin Brundle by Nigel Mansell, the Indycar champion of 1994 and F1 champion of
1992, looked perfect, but Nigel did not fit in the original design of the new McLaren car
MP4/10. The car is remembered as most ugly design in Mclaren's history. It did not only
look horrible with a third mid-wing on the air inlet, but also "drives like a
truck" as Nigel said after quitting, having driven only two races for McLaren in San
Marino and Spain.
Mark Blundell, the teams test driver who already replaced Nigel in the first two races, became Mika's new team mate.
Mika driving "the truck" McLaren-Mercedes MP4/10 car nr.8
The Mercedes-Benz engine, which came over from Sauber, was backed extensively by the manufacturer but was not as reliable as they had wished. Mika did not finish in 9 out of the 15 races he raced that year. In Italy and Japan he was 2nd, and earned points as well in Brazil and San Marino where he finished 4th and 5th. He did not start in the Pacific GP held in Tanaka, Japan on the Aida circuit. Due to an appendicitis operation, Mika was replaced by the Danish driver Jan Magnussen who drove for Mercedes in the German DTM.
The last race in Adelaide, Australia was a real disaster for Mika. On Friday November 10th he almost lost his life in a heavy crash during practice. His tyre burst on the high speed corner Brewery Bend. After being in coma and suffering severe head injuries he recovered remarkable well and was fit to drive again in the 1996 season.
After his recovery Mika send this card to all his fans who had wished him to get well soon.
With 17 points Mika was 7th in the championship of 1995. Mark Blundell was never on the podium but gathered 13 championship points. For the second time Michael Schumacher (Benetton-Renault) became world champion.
1995 picture gallery
click on the McLaren to race to 1996.