Senna left no stone unturned, says Mansell
1 May 2014 – Nigel Mansell has said Ayrton Senna was his 'toughest rival' and will be remembered as a 'true thoroughbred racer'.
Speaking to BBC Sport on the 20th anniversary of the Brazilian's death and as part of a Radio 5 live programme - 'The Day Senna Died', Mansell said: "Ayrton was our toughest rival and a true thoroughbred racer. He would leave no stone unturned to get the utmost out of his car and his team."
"In the 1980s, I was blessed to drive against so many great drivers but Ayrton certainly stood out most among them," Mansell added.
"In the beginning, we were great enemies," continued the 1992 Formula 1 World Champion. "He wanted to win at all cost with everybody, so we knocked heads quite a lot.
"Ayrton could intimidate pretty much every driver on the grid but he realised then [at the 1987 Belgian GP when we clashed that] I would not cave in and he would have to readdress his psyche towards me.
"We went on to have many incredible races, where we didn't knock each other off. It was just good, hard, clean racing.
"And as the years ticked on, we developed a healthy respect and understanding for each other and became friends."