Nigel Mansell convinced Lewis Hamilton will BEAT Michael Schumacher’s championship record… as 1992 world champion admits ‘the biggest achievement in my F1 career is the fact I am still here now’ amid an era of driver deaths and horror injuries
- Nigel Mansell looked back on his F1 career and how it differs to modern day
- On Lewis Hamilton, Mansell thinks he will beat Michael Schumacher’s record
- Mansell, the 1992 world champion, thinks his biggest achievement was staying alive at a time when the sport was overshadowed by crashes and driver deaths
- Mansell was reflecting on his time in the sport on The Gary Newbon Sport Show
Nigel Mansell has no doubts that Lewis Hamilton will establish himself as the most successful driver in Formula One history by surpassing Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles.
Hamilton is on course to equal the legendary German’s total this season having won two of the opening three races.
Mercedes have shown an incredible dominance over the rest of the field which is a distinct difference for Mansell who was used to lining up on a grid with as many as seven or eight world champions at any one time.
Nigel Mansell appeared on The Gary Newbon Sports Show with Jewson to talk Formula One
Mansell is certain that Lewis Hamilton will surpass Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles
Hamilton, now on six, is on course to equal Schumacher (right) with the title this season
Speaking on The Gary Newbon Sports Show with Jewson, Mansell said: ‘I don’t think there is any question (Hamilton will take the record). And that is not to belittle the talent Michael (Schumacher) had because when he was at Ferrari, Michael won three world championships with reliability alone.
‘All the other manufacturers had not caught up with Ferrari so their cars were still breaking down.
‘Lewis, (Valtteri) Bottas and you have to say the Silver Arrow Mercedes have just done an outstanding job year after year and Lewis has been fortunate to have capitalised on it. I predicted this years ago, it is fantastic what he has achieved.’
Mansell (middle) won the title in 1992 but says his greatest achievement was staying alive
Speaking from his home in Florida, Mansell (right) looked back at the ‘heinous’ accidents that were commonplace during his time in the sport as a number of drivers were killed racing
While Hamilton’s excellence continues to rewrite the record books, Mansell, who won the 1992 drivers’ championship for Williams, admitted staying alive was his biggest success in the sport having competed in an era littered with tragic driver deaths and life-changing injuries from crashes and collisions.
Riccardo Paletti and Ayrton Senna were two that Mansell reflected back on in Newbon’s company and it was an emotional topic when he opened up on the life-changing injuries he sustained during his time behind the wheel.
In Mansell’s eyes, Hamilton, Bottas and their peers on the grid now are fortunate to be racing in a sport far safer than it was 30-40 years ago.
‘We saw death, we saw injuries, we saw the most horrendous things,’ he explained.
The death of Ayrton Senna (right) particularly affected Mansell for the rest of his career
Nowadays the sport has become much driver for Hamilton (right) and his rival competitors
‘Certainly on a monthly basis. Sometimes, sadly, on a weekly basis. There were so many people killed and so many people injured out of the sport through heinous accidents. It was terrifying.’
Mansell, speaking from his home in Florida, goes on to explain the impact of his injuries on his life now and why he is pleased the sport’s authorities have secured the safety of Hamilton and Co now so there is no repeat.
Formula One returns to the UK at the weekend with Hamilton expected to secure his seventh in his career.
Hamilton is top of the drivers’ standings with 63 points ahead of team-mate Bottas, who is second on 58 points.
Hamilton is favourite to clinch his seventh British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone on Sunday
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