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Top 10 Greatest British Grand Prix Moments

Publish Date: 07/02/2024
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Lewis Hamilton celebrating his 7th victory during the 2021 British Grand Prix

The iconic British Grand Prix is just around the corner, we’re super excited for what is one of the best Grand Prix on the F1 calendar so we’re going to take a trip down memory lane to bring you some of the most iconic moments of the British Grand Prix.

10. Jackie Stewart’s First Home Win (1969)

Jackie Stewart’s victory at the 1969 British Grand Prix was a landmark achievement in his illustrious career. Driving for Matra, Stewart dominated the race, showcasing his skill and the strength of his car. This win was especially meaningful as it was his first at his home Grand Prix, and it played a crucial role in his journey to winning the World Championship that year. Stewart’s triumph at Silverstone cemented his status as one of Britain’s greatest drivers.

Charging through: Sir Jackie Steward pushing his Matra MS80 to victory

Charging through: Sir Jackie Steward pushing his Matra MS80 to victory

9. Hamilton’s Wet-Weather Masterclass (2016)

In 2016, Lewis Hamilton once again demonstrated his exceptional ability in wet conditions, winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Starting from pole position, Hamilton led the race from start to finish, handling the changing weather with remarkable composure. His victory was particularly significant as it moved him closer to his third consecutive World Championship, and it delighted the home fans who braved the rain to support their local hero.

Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen through a wet weather start.

Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen through a wet weather start.

8. Senna and Prost’s Duel (1988)

The 1988 British Grand Prix showcased the intense rivalry between McLaren teammates Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. The race was a microcosm of their fierce competition, with both drivers pushing their cars and each other to the limit. Senna ultimately triumphed, securing the win and further intensifying the rivalry that would define Formula 1 in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This race is remembered for the high level of skill and tactical acumen displayed by both drivers.

Ayrton Senna taking the chequered flag in his McLaren MP4/4 at the old Silverstone circuit layout.

Ayrton Senna taking the chequered flag in his McLaren MP4/4 at the old Silverstone circuit layout.

7. Mansell vs. Piquet (1987)

The 1987 British Grand Prix featured an epic battle between Williams teammates Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet. Mansell, who had to pit for fresh tires after experiencing severe vibrations, rejoined the race 28 seconds behind Piquet. In a display of sheer determination and speed, Mansell caught up and executed a daring overtake at Stowe Corner to take the lead. This iconic move and subsequent victory are remembered as one of the greatest moments in British Grand Prix history.

The moment Mansell passed his Williams team mate, Nelson Piquet of Brazil.

The moment Mansell passed his Williams team mate, Nelson Piquet of Brazil.

6. Hamilton’s Record-Breaking Seventh Win (2020)

Lewis Hamilton’s seventh victory at the British Grand Prix in 2020 was a testament to his skill and resilience. The race ended in dramatic fashion, with Hamilton experiencing a front-left tire failure on the final lap. Despite the puncture, he managed to nurse his car to the finish line, securing the win on three wheels. This remarkable feat not only set a new record for the most wins at Silverstone but also highlighted Hamilton’s determination and ability to perform under pressure.

How Lewis Hamilton made it to victory with that front left tyre is beyond us. In doing so, he secured his 7th victory at his home GP

How Lewis Hamilton made it to victory with that front left tyre is beyond us. In doing so, he secured his 7th victory at his home GP

5. Silverstone’s 50th Anniversary (1998)

The 1998 British Grand Prix marked the 50th anniversary of Silverstone hosting the race, and it did not disappoint in terms of drama. Michael Schumacher won the race under controversial circumstances, serving a stop-go penalty on the final lap and technically crossing the finish line in the pit lane. This unusual situation arose from a penalty given for overtaking under yellow flags, but the timing of its enforcement created confusion. Schumacher’s victory added to the legacy of Silverstone as a venue where anything could happen.

In the pits: The controversial win saw Schumacher serve his 10 second stop-go penalty after crossing the finish line, raising the question if he ever served the penalty at all.

In the pits: The controversial win saw Schumacher serve his 10 second stop-go penalty after crossing the finish line, raising the question if he ever served the penalty at all.

4. Damon Hill’s Emotional Win (1994)

Damon Hill’s victory in the 1994 British Grand Prix was a poignant moment in a turbulent season overshadowed by the death of Ayrton Senna. Hill, driving for Williams, managed to fend off the competition to secure an emotional win in front of his home crowd. This victory was not just significant for Hill personally but also served as a tribute to his late teammate Senna, providing a much-needed morale boost to the team and fans during a difficult period.

Damon Hill celebrates winning the 1994 British Grand Prix during what was a very hard start of the 1994 season for Williams.

Damon Hill celebrates winning the 1994 British Grand Prix during what was a very hard start of the 1994 season for Williams.

3. Jim Clark’s Dominance (1965)

Jim Clark’s performance at the 1965 British Grand Prix remains one of the most dominant displays in the history of the event. Driving the Lotus 33, Clark led every lap of the race, showcasing his incredible skill and the superiority of his car. This win was part of Clark’s successful 1965 season, in which he won the World Championship. His ability to dominate races with such ease earned him a place among the greatest drivers in the sport’s history.

Jim Clark piloting his Lotus 33 to victory.

Jim Clark piloting his Lotus 33 to victory.

2. Nigel Mansell’s Iconic Victory (1992)

Nigel Mansell’s victory at Silverstone in 1992 was a defining moment in his career and a highlight of his championship-winning season. Driving for Williams, Mansell led from start to finish, securing a comfortable win. The euphoric home crowd invaded the track after he crossed the finish line, a testament to Mansell’s popularity and the emotional connection he had with British fans. This win was part of his dominant run in 1992, which saw him clinch the World Championship.

Apart from his iconic victory, the 1992 British Grand Prix is also known for Mansell giving his rival Senna a lift to the pits.

Apart from his iconic victory, the 1992 British Grand Prix is also known for Mansell giving his rival Senna a lift to the pits.

1. Lewis Hamilton’s First Win (2008)

In 2008, Lewis Hamilton delivered a masterclass in wet-weather driving at Silverstone, clinching his first British Grand Prix victory. The race was held in treacherous conditions, but Hamilton showcased his exceptional talent and composure. He finished the race over a minute ahead of his nearest competitor, Nick Heidfeld, with only 13 drivers making it to the finish line. This dominant performance solidified his reputation as one of the sport’s brightest stars and thrilled the home crowd.

One of seven: The first win is something a driver will always remember, but the first home win is just as special.

One of nine: The first win is something a driver will always remember, but the first home win is just as special.

The British Grand Prix has been the backdrop for some of the most unforgettable moments in Formula 1 history. From Lewis Hamilton’s wet-weather masterclasses and record-breaking wins to Nigel Mansell’s iconic 1992 victory that saw fans invade the track, these events have left an indelible mark on motorsport. Will this weekend’s British Grand Prix make the list? Or will Max and Red Bull just pull away into the distance?

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