Mexico names final corner after Mansell

Former world champion Nigel Mansell has been honoured by having the final corner of the new Mexican Formula 1 track named after him.

The Briton earned a place in F1 folklore when he famously overtook Gerhard Berger around the outside of the daunting Peraltada corner in the 1990 race, two years before he took victory in the final event to be held there.

Although the banked Peraltada turn has had to be replaced for safety reasons, race organisers have still decided to name the last part of the corner after Mansell as part of its revamp ahead of this October's race.

Speaking about the decision, Mansell 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 teammate 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."

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Series Formula 1
Event Mexican GP
Track Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Drivers Nigel Mansell
Article type Breaking news