WHEN: 1987 WHERE: SIL­VER­STONE WIN­NER: NIGEL MANSELL (WIL­LIAMS-HONDA)

Motor Sport News - - British Grand Prix -

It was the hey­day of the 1000bhp turbo cars and 160mph laps round Sil­ver­stone, although not quite this year with the in­tro­duc­tion of a new chi­cane be­fore Wood­cote. Still, Nel­son Pi­quet’s pole po­si­tion at 159.2mph in the Wil­liams-honda FW11B fell only slightly short and was 0.070s ahead of his team-mate Nigel Mansell. Nel­son and Nigel al­most came to­gether off the start line, al­low­ing Alain Prost’s Mclaren-tag MP4/3 to lead as far as Mag­gotts be­fore Nel­son drove around the out­side of the French­man, fol­lowed through by Mansell on the Hangar Straight. For the first half of the race, Nigel fol­lowed Pi­quet, the lo­cal hero ham­pered by a se­ri­ous vi­bra­tion af­fect­ing the left-front wheel and know­ing he would have to make a pit stop for fresh rub­ber. When he re­joined with 29 laps re­main­ing, Mansell was 28s be­hind Nel­son. There then fol­lowed one of the most spec­tac­u­lar re­cov­er­ies ever seen at Sil­ver­stone as Nigel, urged on by the roars of the crowd, reeled in Nel­son and passed him into Stowe at 200mph with two and a half laps left. Thirty years ear­lier, al­most to the day, Stir­ling Moss had cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion in the same way that Mansell did for so many at Sil­ver­stone in 1987.

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