F1 – British GP


Five drivers have won at least three times at Silverstone. And at the top throne Lewis Hamilton, with six victories. Lewis Hamilton: six victories (2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019) If the relationship between Lewis Hamilton and the English public has alternated highs and lows since the beginning of his career , the Briton quickly liked Silverstone. In his first season in F1, in 2007 with McLaren, he took pole and climbed on the podium (3rd). And the following year, he won with more than a minute in advance after starting from 4th place on a wet track, already proving his talent in the rain.After a more complicated period, Hamilton returned to Silverstone from his first season at Mercedes, in 2013, with pole. Following, with the arrival of the hybrid era and the domination of the German team, four consecutive successes between 2014 and 2017, with a sixth victory in 2019. Among the great memories, 2017, where a few days after having shunned the show organized in London by Liberty Media, it is celebrated as a rock star by the English public. Alain Prost: five victories (1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993) Alain Prost is the only French driver to have won on English soil , and he has the distinction of having managed to win with each of the teams for which he raced: Renault in 1983, McLaren in 1985 and 1989, Ferrari in 1990 and Williams in 1993, for his last season and his last title. However, he has never won a race on the other English circuit he has known, Brands Hatch. Proof, no doubt, that Silverstone suited him perfectly. “Silverstone has always been one of my favorite circuits and I have fond memories of it,” declared the quadruple world champion in 2014. My first victory here, acquired with Renault in 1983 remains a very special moment. The spectators were so loud that you could hear their fervor from the cockpit, despite the roar of the turbo engines of the time. I had the chance to win four more times on this track, and the support received each time gave me great emotions. »Jim Clark: three victories (1963, 1965, 1967) With two world titles in the 60s (1963 and 1965), Jim Clark was one of the great drivers of this decade and remains one of the greatest in history of F1. And at home, in eight appearances, he has won five times, including three at Silverstone. Three times in a row since at the time the British Grand Prix took place alternately at Silverstone and Brands Hatch. The year of his second world title, in 1965, the Scottish, at the wheel of the Lotus 33 with V8 engine , achieves a rather unusual performance. Having started in the lead, leader ahead of Graham Hill, he is surprised by a red warning on your dashboard: the oil pressure of his engine is dropping. To avoid breakdown, Clark then decides to shut off the engine when entering certain bends, those where the pressure drops the most. This made him lose a few seconds in the lap, but he still managed to win with three seconds ahead of Hill’s BRM.Nigel Mansell: three victories (1987, 1991, 1992) Another Briton who has several times shone in front of his audience. A charismatic driver, loved or hated, Nigel Mansell had to wait for his sixth appearance in the British Grand Prix to win in 1986, but it was at Brands Hatch. His first success at Silverstone came the following year, again with Williams. At the end of an eventful race and a fierce duel with his teammate Nelson Piquet. It was only three laps from the finish, after being 25 “behind, that the Briton passed the Brazilian in a very spectacular way. Just after the finish, Mansell ran out of fuel, and the English public invaded The circuit to carry it in triumph. Four years later, still at Williams, the Briton won another duel, less spectacular this time, against another Brazilian, Ayrton Senna (McLaren). Pauliste is brought back to the pits by the winner. Another strong image … Michael Schumacher: three victories (1998, 2002, 2004) Winner many times on several circuits (eight successes at Magny-Cours, seven in Montreal and Imola , six at Suzuka, Spa and Barcelona), Michael Schumacher has won “only” three times in the cradle of F1, and only signed one pole, in 18 participations. His three victories have been obtained behind the wheel of a Ferrari, and his debut is arguably the most incredible. x laps from the finish, the German, leader of the race, receives a penalty of ten seconds for passing Giancarlo Fisichella under the yellow flag regime. His team don’t know if it’s a simple penalty or a stop-and-go. When in doubt, she asks Schumacher, whose radio no longer works, to stop, as a precaution. What he was forced to do on his last lap, when he was 23 “ahead of Mika Häkkinen. He rushed into the pit lane and crossed the finish line in this atypical way, then stops at his spot, ten seconds, and sets off again. The Finn thus finishes second, and despite a protest from McLaren to the FIA, the result is ratified. read also Five things to know before the Grand Prix of Great Britain ( video)


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