Mansell linked with Benetton for '95
Monday 26 December 1994
Mansell, 41 and the winner of 31 grands prix, has been unavailable for comment over the Christmas period but a source close to the Benetton team confirmed that it was possible he might join the team in 1995 with backing from the French engine suppliers, Renault.
"It is not something that would surprise me, if it happened," said one source close to the team on Saturday.
"You can never say never in this sport and Mansell has made so many comebacks it is always too early to write him off."
A meeting at Williams headquarters at Didcot on Friday finalised Frank Williams' decision to sign Coulthard, 23, but there was no confirmation from the team that any deal had been signed and no announcement to confirm their driver plans for 1995.
A spokeswoman for Williams said the team expected to make their announcement early in the new year.
"We will have nothing to say until the Christmas and new year holidays are over," she said.
Mansell's agent, Sue Membery, said the 1992 world champion, whose Australian Grand Prix win last month may have been his 31st and last, knew nothing of the latest round of speculation.
It is believed, however, that the news may have been delayed until 1995 to ease the pressure on Mansell, who now looks likely to face a clear choice between retirement or hoping he can land the seat alongside Schumacher at Benetton.
Benetton were powered by Ford engines in 1994 when Schumacher claimed the title, but will be using Renault next year.
Renault are admirers of Mansell's racing ability and paid for his return to the Williams team for four races in 1994. They were keen for him to race again for the team in 1995.
Benetton's managing director, Flavio Briatore, is another known admirer of Mansell but he may bow to Schumacher's fears that having two recognised top drivers in the same team could upset their championship assault.
Benetton, however, know they missed out on the constructors' championship last season because of the inconsistency of their second drivers alongside Schumacher.
Latest in Sport
Chelsea injury news: Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic could join Diego Costa on the sidelines for crucial Manchester City clash
Australian Open 2015: Thanks to Amelie Mauresmo, it's no longer Andy Murray against the world
Fantasy Premier League: Invest in Arsenal to climb the ranks in Gameweek 23
Manchester United sign former Manchester City prospect Sadiq El Fitouri on advice from Phil Neville and Paul Scholes
Chelsea vs Manchester City: Manuel Pellegrini pours scorn on anti-Chelsea 'campaign' but refuses to discuss Jose Mourinho's 'Pellegrino' slight
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: Phase Co-ordinator for Foundation and Key S...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: SEN Teacher We have a fantastic special n...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an 11-18 all ability co-educat...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 6 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...