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