Former Formula 1 and CART champion Nigel Mansell was honored ahead of this November’s Mexican Grand Prix as one of the corners at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was named after him earlier this week.
Mansell was the last winner of the Mexican Grand Prix back in 1992 before the race fell off the F1 calendar, taking the checkered flag for Williams in the second of nine victories in his championship year.
F1 returns to Mexico in 2015 after a 23-year absence from the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, with the race forming the second part of a double-header with the United States Grand Prix.
To honor Mansell as the last grand prix winner in Mexico, the promoters of the race confirmed earlier this week that the final corner, formerly known as Peraltada, will be known as the “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,” 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.”
The Mexican Grand Prix will take place on November 1 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.