Mansell goes into Sunday's British Grand Prix here with a 32- point lead over Patrese, his Williams team-mate. He has accumulated six wins in the process and few, least of all the Italian, expect anything other than a British- record 28th victory for Mansell in this race.
Patrese said: 'Nobody can stop Nigel now. We have a good technical situation and there is more to come. After the first four races I didn't think I could win it and now he is so far ahead of course he must win it.'
Mansell's victory in France last Sunday was made simpler when Patrese waved him through, a gesture made 'for the good of the team' but with no great relish by the driver. 'I think I deserve at least a win this season and I have eight chances to get one,' Patrese said. 'I'll take my opportunity when it comes along. My motivation is still very high. Anything can happen here, it is a long race, but Nigel is always very strong here.'
Mansell has urged Williams to keep the same driver line-up for next season and Patrese echoed his sentiments. He said: 'We work well together. If the team is winning the sensible thing to do is to keep it together. If you are in a team that is winning and you have a nice atmosphere, that's the basis of success. I have told Frank Williams what I feel but a good team manager is looking to all the options.'Reuse content