Mansell slams 'boring' Abu Dhabi race

Wed, 17 Nov 20:39:00 2010

Former F1 champion Nigel Mansell has hit out at what he called a "boring" Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but lavished praise on Sebastian Vettel.

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The 1992 title-winner was quick to pat the sport’s newest and youngest-ever world champion on the back after an improbable success story at Yas Marina, which was earned through a flawless lights-to-flag victory when the pressure and stakes were at their very highest.

But Mansell was dismayed at the race itself - and was mystified by Fernando Alonso's inability to take the championship into his own hands.

"The two protagonists, Alonso with Ferrari and Mark (Webber), just didn't pass anybody," said Mansell, a prolific and ballsy overtaker back in his day, in an interview with the Daily Mail.

"It was a very boring race. You should always be able to overtake. I don't understand it. Alonso is known for his charging, and to have a car which seems to be quicker than the car in front and not being able to overtake doesn't make sense.

"It is very easy to comment after the event, but the biggest mistake was when Ferrari responded to Webber's pit-stop. They should have stayed out and only responded to Sebastian, and I think had they done that, there would have been a different outcome.

"Sebastian did an absolutely fantastic job - he did all he could do, which was to get pole position and win the race. He is a great world champion, the youngest one ever and Red Bull did the double. And don't underestimate what Mark did. He did a fantastic job, and hopefully he'll get another chance next year." / Eurosport

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