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Nigel Mansell "proud and delighted" to receive Mexican Grand Prix corner honour

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Nigel Mansell "proud and delighted" to receive Mexican Grand Prix corner honour
Sep 15, 2015, 6:10 PM

Nigel Mansell says he is "delighted, flattered and proud" that the organisers of the Mexican Grand Prix have named a corner of the redesigned Autod...

Nigel Mansell says he is "delighted, flattered and proud" that the organisers of the Mexican Grand Prix have named a corner of the redesigned Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit after him.

The British driver won the most recent Mexican Grand Prix, in 1992, on his way to winning the world title. Mexico returns to the F1 calendar later this year and as a result, Corporación Interamericana de Entretenimiento (CIE), the promoter of the race, has decided to rename the 17th corner of the 4.3km circuit after Mansell.

Most F1 fans remember it as the Peraltada corner, where Mansell pulled off one of the greatest overtakes in the sport's history, around the outside of Gerhard Berger in the high speed and perilous turn. It has been modified and slowed down in the new layout.

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Speaking after the announcement, Mansell said: “I have extremely fond memories of racing in México City, the people, the energy and the track itself were all highlights of the F1 calendar back then for me.

“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.”

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The Nigel Mansell Turn, as the corner is now named, is close to the site of the old Peraltada corner, one of the most famous parts of the circuit used before it was upgraded to 2015 safety standards.

Rodrigo Sanchez, director of marketing & media relations for the Mexican Grand Prix, said: “I recall watching Nigel win the 1992 Gran Premio de México, his performance then encapsulates all that’s great about F1, energy, passion, excitement and non-stop action all in equal measure.

“He is a true sportsman and we are delighted to be able to contribute towards his motorsport legacy by naming part of the new track after him. México City has a rich motorsport pedigree and we are very pleased to be able to bring F1 fans icons from former times as well as the talent of today and tomorrow.

“All that remains for me to say is: welcome to the family Nigel!”

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The 2015 Mexican Grand Prix takes place on November 1 and is Round 17 of 19 this year; championship leader Lewis Hamilton could win his third world title at the Mexico track, if the current points difference to his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg remains at the current 53 points or more.
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