F1 legend Mansell’s verdict on current stars – and the Halo


Hamilton can match Schumacher. Why Ferrari is so special. How F1's essential safety push is also having a negative effect. Nigel Mansell passes verdict on the key talking points of current F1 - with throwbacks to his era, too. Words: James Roberts.

The phone rings. Nigel Mansell has something to add. Five minutes after we've ended our conversation, the 1992 Formula 1 world champion is back on the line with another thought about Lewis Hamilton. It's a bold prophecy: "I predict Lewis will challenge Michael Schumacher's records in both wins and championships," says Mansell.

"I won my world championship at 39 and he's only 32. Lewis is on 62 wins, while Michael has 91. With a hit rate of eight or nine wins a season, he only needs four more successful years to break all the records."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nigel Mansell
Article type Interview