WHEN: JULY 10, 1988 WHERE: SILVERSTONE WINNER: AYRTON SENNA (MCLAREN-HONDA)
From a dry commentary box this was a fascinating race to watch. For the tens of thousands of spectators lining the fences, it was cold and wet but once again their hero, Nigel Mansell, made their day. Arriving at Silverstone, only the MclarenHonda MP4/4S of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost had led even one lap of the previous eight races. At Silverstone it was Gerhard Berger’s Ferrari which led from pole position for the first 13 laps before Ayrton slithered past while they were lapping a dejected Alain. After that it was Ayrton’s race as he delivered a devastating display of dominance in dreadful conditions. It was Nigel who, in a different way from a year earlier, provided the drama as, from 11th on the grid, he fought his way past all the other turbo cars and the Benetton-ford B188 of Alessandro Nannini to claim a spectacular second place in the non-turbo Williams-judd FW12.