Mansell’s quotes come via the Telegraph:
â€™The biggest surprise for me this season is how Ferrari have gone backwards,â€™â€™ said Mansell.
â€˜â€™There is a great saying in Formula One that if you stand still, you go backwards and I donâ€™t think theyâ€™ve done that much wrong, itâ€™s just that their development going forward hasnâ€™t been as good as other peopleâ€™s.
â€œThey have stood still and in standing still they have gone backwards. The development of McLaren and Red Bull has been phenomenal.
â€˜â€™Itâ€™s a disappointment for all the fans and for F1. They need to pay attention otherwise they will be left in the wake of everybody else and thatâ€™s a very unusual thing to happen to them.â€™â€™
Conversely, he thinks McLaren could be on the cusp of a dominating stretch of seasons:
â€˜â€™The two of them make a formidable team,â€™â€™ said Mansell, who was speaking at the launch of the Nigel Mansell UK Youth Cycle Challenge.
â€˜â€™McLaren are revived, the combination of Jenson and Lewis is working fabulously. I said to everyone before the start of the season that Jenson would wake everyone up there and he has.
â€˜â€™Heâ€™s a great ambassador as a world champion and I think he has brought out the best in Lewis as well and between them I think that they are working very well together. It just keeps on getting better and better.
Two interesting, if not exactly groundbreaking thoughts. Anyone want to tee them up? Is Ferrari’s downward spiral this season the biggest surprise? And do you see signs of McLaren being on the verge of a dominating stretch with the Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button duo?