Bri­tish Grand Prix mo­ments

It’s the time of year for get­ting sun­burnt, soaked or stuck in a car park as the world’s šin­est rac­ing driv­ers pop round to ours.

CAR (UK) - - Aftermarket - By Matt Joy


The širst post-war Bri­tish GP at Silverstone saw the Maser­atis of Luigi Vil­loresi and Al­berto As­cari miss qual­i­fy­ing, per­haps be­cause of tra©ic on the A43, yet scythe through the šield in­side two laps. Vil­loresi won de­spite his tachome­ter be­ing wedged un­der the clutch. He was that good.


Jackie Ste­wart was well on his way to his širst cham­pi­onship, hav­ing won four of the šive pre­vi­ous races. Go­ing head to head with Jochen Rindt for most of the 84 laps, Ste­wart even­tu­ally pre­vailed and lapped the en­tire šield in the process.


Fer­rari’s širst ever F1 victory came on ac­count of su­pe­rior fuel econ­omy, not pace. The works Alfa Romeos were get­ting 1.5mpg and had to stop twice to take on 70 gal­lons a time, and de­spite Juan Manuel Fan­gio’s bril­liance it was fel­low Ar­gen­tinian Jose Froilan Gon­za­lez who won.


In what be­came known as the race won by lawyers, a širst-lap crash involving James Hunt meant he was o¢-track and banned from the restart. The crowds booed un­til he was re­in­stated. Then Fer­rari protested to the RAC and FIA, Niki Lauda even­tu­ally be­ing given the win two months later.


In a pre-qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion more ex­cit­ing than the race it­self, David Pur­ley made it into the record books af­ter the throt­tle stuck open on his LEC. Hit­ting a wall, he went from 108mph to zero in 66cm, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing 179.8g in the process – and sur­vived.


It was al­ready a tricky re­la­tion­ship, but Mark Web­ber was ex­tra dis­pleased with team-mate Se­bas­tian Vet­tel af­ter Red Bull gave the Ger­man his newspec front wing. But Web­ber hung him out to dry into the širst bend and won, quip­ping ‘Not bad for a num­ber two driver, eh?’ as he crossed the line.


Nigel Mansell found him­self 29 sec­onds be­hind team-mate Nel­son Pi­quet with 28 laps left, but on new tyres. Break­ing the lap record eight times, Mansell caught his ri­val and sold him a dummy to take the lead, run­ning out of fuel two cor­ners af­ter the che­quered šlag.


Change­able con­di­tions saw Hamil­ton sit in the pits at the end of Q3 watch­ing him­self get bumped down to sixth on his mon­i­tor. Then Räikkö­nen de­cided to have a huge shunt on lap one that stopped the race for an hour while the bar­rier was re­paired. Hamil­ton won by 30 sec­onds.

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