Mexico names corner after Mansell

Date published: September 16 2015 - Editor

"Flattered, proud and delighted" was Nigel Mansell's reaction to having the last corner at the upgraded Mexican Grand Prix track named after him.

After disappearing from the Formula 1 calendar more than two decades ago, Mexico will host a race again this year with the 1 November pencilled in for its return.

As a result the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit has been revamped and some of the corners have received new names with Mansell, who won the 1987 Mexican GP and the last race there in 1992, one of those honoured as the Turn 17 corner is now known as Nigel Mansell Turn.

"I have extremely fond memories of racing in Mexico City, the people, the energy and the track itself were all highlights of the F1 calendar back then for me," he said.

"When I found out about the turn naming of course I was delighted. Flattered, proud and delighted in equal measure.

"The news instantly brought to mind my unexpected overtaking manoeuvre on Gerhard Berger actually on the old Peraltada section to come in second behind my Ferrari team-mate Alain Prost back in 1990 – I can't believe that was 25 years ago and that it's been 23 years since my last win at the track.

"I've carefully observed what the organisers have been doing and I'm really looking forward to seeing it for myself a little later this year."