In preparation for the 1989 season, Mansell became the last Ferrari driver to be personally selected by Enzo Ferrari before his death in August 1988, an honour Mansell described as one of the greatest in my entire career. Enzo Ferrari presented a 1989 Ferrari F40 as a gift to Mansell.19 In Italy he became known as il leone by the tifosi because of his fearless driving style.
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Ferrari S.p.A. is a sports car manufacturer based in Maranello. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939 as Auto Avio Costruzioni, the company built its first car in 1940, the company's inception as an auto manufacturer is recognized in 1947 when the first Ferrari-badged car was completed.