Video: Six memorable British Grand Prix moments caught on film
Round 8 of the 2013 Formula 1 season sees the bandwagon roll in to the leafy surrounds of the British countryside and Silverstone to see if anyone can halt Sebastian Vettel’s Championship charge.
We take a look back at six classic British Grand Prix moments from the event which spans almost ninety years.By Tom Biltcliffe
1) Gilles Villeneuve and Alan Jones’ crash 1981 – The Victorian-born reigning World Champion was hot on the heels of Gilles Villeneuve entering the final corner of the third lap only for the Ferrari to clip a curb, get sideways and spin off in a cloud of smoke. The Frenchman took Jones – the previous year’s winner – and the McLaren of the unassuming Andrea De Cesaris with him. It was a case of ‘race over’ for all parties, but only after Villeneuve tried to drive his damaged Ferrari back to the pits. Jones would go on to miss out on the title by a mere four points.
2) Jim Clark’s 1967 win – Only the great Sir Jack Brabham himself could intersperse Clark’s dominance of the circuit in the mid-60’s. The Scot drove superbly to snatch his fifth win in six years in Northamptonshire against his Lotus teammate and rival Graham Hill. This next clip also demonstrates the underdeveloped and rural nature of the place.
3) Mansell gives Senna a lift 1991– Mansell had just won the British Grand Prix in front of his adoring fans and then stops to pick up Ayrton who had run out of fuel on the last lap. Senna famously memorised all of the Williams dash settings and relayed the information back to the McLaren team
4) Nigel Mansell prompts invasion 1992 – The Brit, who notched an incredible 14 poles from a possible 16 in the 1992 season, lead again from the front much to the delight of his adoring public who could sense that the Williams driver was going to end the nation’s 16 year wait for a World Champion. While he cruised home, the sight of a Union Jack-clad sprawl of fans invading the track is one to give today’s health and safety chiefs a heart attack.
5) Hill v Schumacher 1995 – The constant thorn in Damon Hill, and Britain’s, side throughout the nineties was the presence of a German, namely Michael Schumacher. The Benetton driver and reigning World Champion was famed for his win-at-all-costs approach, but was under attack from the steely Hill. Silverstone was just one of their many collisions down the years. Was Hill too late or Schumacher too early in the corner? You judge:
6) Jody Scheckter causes huge pile up 1973 – The young South African was in just his second year of Formula 1 spun during the first lap of the British Grand Prix and the ensuing eleven car pile-up went down in history as one of Formula Ones biggest crashes. The Grand Prix Drivers Association demanded his immediate banishment, which was only put off when McLaren agreed to rest their driver for four races.