Nigel Mansell was one of the reasons why I fell in love with Formula 1 at an early age. I was five years old when the tyre on Mansell's Williams famously exploded in Adelaide and, after that, I was hooked. From then on, I loved seeing Mansell wrestling with his miniscule steering wheel, doing battle with some of the true F1 greats. Mansell, who was nicknamed 'Il Leone' by the tifosi, was certainly a master in the art of overtaking. One of his most memorable moves happened in the 1990 Mexico GP. On the penultimate lap, Mansell bullied his way past Gerhard Berger, going around the outside of the daunting, high speed Peraltada corner.

- Charles Kha



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Brilliant driving. I wish we would see more ambitious driving like this in modern motorsports. Unfortunately, most current racing drivers have the personality of a door knob and motorsports are far over-regulated in terms of what the teams can do with their cars.

Here's to hoping someday soon we will see F1, WRC, and the like become interesting once again.


haha berger...


Nice article, thanks for the information.


Pity we don't see much overtaking in F1 like that anymore!


Awesome stuff. Breath-taking. Another awesome overtake has to be schumacher vs hakkinen in spa, 2000.


Trully an amazing overtake!

To NotHerpes: I don't see neither Formula One or WRC changing and becoming interesting again.Summing up the changes in F1, the new rules have simply made the sport just a routine run, so many limitations even the drivers don't enjoy it. It's become so controlled. About WRC, everyone is caught up with IRC now. How many teams are still competing in WRC? Three. Ford, Citroen, and MINI. Gone where the times when Mitsubishi, Subaru, Peugeot, Hyundai, Skoda, were competing head to head, and if you date back even further, Audi, Lancia, Peugeot, Lotus, Ford, Toyota, Porsche, Opel, Metro, Mazda. Real drivers with cojones such as Ari Vatanen, Henry Toivonen, Colin McRae, Tommi Makinen and these are only a few. From my point of view, the sport has bought a one way ticket to nowhere.


What a beautiful overtake.


What a beautiful overtake.


Charles, I was a few months younger than you watching that Adelaide race, and my reaction was much the same. 4-year-old me became a dedicated follower of F1, and Nigel Mansell, from that day on. I just loved Nigel's attitude on the track, and anyone who could take 31 race wins with the likes of Senna and Prost for competition, not to mention handing out the odd driving lesson, needed tremendous talent.