Nigel Mansell says his 1987 Formula One ride was a beast.
Past Formula 1 and CART champion Nigel Mansell says that today’s drivers have no idea what it’s like to drive a proper F1 car — one that’s trying to kill them on nearly every corner.
Taking it one step further, Mansell, the 1992 F1 champion and 1993 CART champion, adds that the sport’s best era was probably even before his titles with the super-powerful turbo engines of the 1980s.
“Formula 1 will never get back to that,” Mansell, now 65, told the FIA’s Auto magazine. “Driving those turbo cars was the most exhilarating, frightening thing that you could do in your life.
“The (1987) Williams FW11B — nothing comes close to that car, nothing in the world. Really, today’s drivers will never know what a proper F1 car feels like. In qualifying, you literally had up to 1,500 horsepower — it’s reputed that BMW had more. And to have wheelspin in sixth gear down the straight, at 175 or 180 mph — you cannot put that into words as a driver.
“At every single corner you came to, the car was literally trying to kill you.”
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