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Mexico names final corner after Nigel Mansell

15 Sep 2015

Organisers of the upcoming Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico 2015 have revealed that the final corner of the newly redeveloped Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit will be named in honour of 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell.

The Briton, who won the last race at the Mexico City venue in 1992, famously passed Gerhard Berger around the outside of the last turn - then known as Peraltada - during the 1990 race.

The right-hander has been subsequently redeveloped for safety reasons, but the Mexican race organisers say they “couldn’t think of a more appropriate section of the 4.3km track to name after the British racing icon.”

“I have extremely fond memories of racing in Mexico City,” commented Mansell. “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.”

The Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico 2015 takes place on October 30 - November 1. To book tickets to the event, click here.

WATCH: Mansell's incredible pass on Berger, Mexico 1990