Nigel Mansell: Mercedes could be joker in pack F1 2011

Mercedes Grand Prix could spring a few surprises next season and be right up there pushing the likes of Red Bull Racing, Ferrari and McLaren, that is the prediction of 1992 Formula One World Champion, Nigel Mansell.

Speaking at the BRDC awards in London this week, Mansell also added that he doesn’t think it can yet be said that Michael Schumacher was wrong to comeback with the ‘Silver Arrows’.

“At the end of 2011 if Michael hasn’t won and the team haven’t given him the car to demonstrate how good he is and how great he is, then maybe it might have been the wrong decision [to return],” Mansell told

“But I think now he should be back with all the same feelings he had before he left. The development over this winter will give Ross Brawn the time and the team to energize everything they need.

“They have had a couple of showings where the car has demonstrated a better turn of speed. So they could be the joker in the pack next year and do something very special.”

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