Writing Prompts: What You’d Say If You Met Your Favorite Celebrity

Well, I’ve already roasted Steven Gerrard, so I guess that answers the question of what I’d say to him, so I will instead speak of Nigel Mansell. Mansell was the 1992 Formula 1 champion, and he had the misfortune to be runner-up three times, before finally claiming the title. He won 31 races, had memorable duels with Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Alain Prost, and had an ‘all or nothing’ attitude, that might have cost him on occasion, but endeared him to F1 fans around the world.

He is said to have been highly-strung, and I dare say that I got glimpses of that in his autobiography. There is the notion that Mansell had a bit of an inferiority complex too. In his autobiography, Mansell skimmed over his particularly difficult 1990 season, and his turbulent relationship with 1990 Ferrari teammate, Alain Prost. I’d be very keen to get Mansell’s deepest thoughts on that time, along with maybe his thoughts on the ferocious, often acrimonious rivalry between Prost and Senna, which boiled over big-time in 1990.

On a more trivial note, I’d ask him if Gerhard Berger was as big a practical joker as was stated, and whether or not Berger dared play any pranks on him.

Let’s face it, I’d probably be too keyed up to ask much of anything.

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