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GP Week : Issue 50
>>F1 INSIGHT From the archives: There have been plenty of hometown heros made at Silverstone. Jackie Stewart won the British Grand Prix twice, the second coming in 1971, far left top. Jim Clark was a three-time winner, pictured far left in 1967, and finished a non-championship race in a dead heat with Graham Hill in 1962, left. More recently, David Coulthard has taken two home wins at Silverstone, above. his stall for a championship he would go on to win. The very next year, Silverstone played host to Jose Froilan Gonzales masterful drive, to give Ferrari its first ever F1 victory. Peter Revson’s victory in 1973 is by far one of the most incredible races in Silverstone’s history. Jody Scheckter had triggered a huge shunt on the first lap that had blocked the track and taken out nine cars. In a field that included the likes of Ronnie Peterson, Niki Lauda, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Denny Hulme, James Hunt and Francois Cevert. Revson took the lead just as rain started to fall, but it was the battle for second that had the crowd on its feet. Second to fourth was split by mere tenths of a second and for the last 20 laps the trio scrapped over second and managed to keep Revson in their sights. The podium spots eventually went to Peterson in second with Hulme third and Hunt fourth in a breakthrough race for the young Englishman. Silverstone saw Renault debut its Turbo car in 1977 when the ‘Yellow Teapot’ tested at the British track. Six years later, Alain Prost drove a Turbo powered Renault to a fitting victory at the 1983 British Grand Prix. Two years later, and the turbo era saw its most astonishing feat as Keke Rosberg took his Williams Honda to pole position with the sport’s fastest ever lap, recording an average of 160mph. The sheer speed of the lap saw major changes initiated to the track layout in future years. And then there was 1987 and the epic battle between local hero Mansell and his arch rival and team-mate Nelson Piquet. Mansell’s move on the Brazilian with two laps to go at Stowe remains one of the defining images of the 1980s. Ayrton Senna had limited success at Silverstone, winning only once in 1988, but it is perhaps his taxi ride back to the pits courtesy of Nigel Mansell after the 1991 British Grand Prix that remains one of the clearest memories for fans of the Brazilian’s participation at Silverstone. Michael Schumacher, arguably the greatest driver in history had his fair share of memorable moments at the track. From his black flag in 1994 to his crash with Hill in 1995, to that incredible victory in the wet of 1998 in which he won whilst taking a stop-go penalty, and who could forget his first lap accident in 1999 which resulted in a broken leg. And of course there have been other moments, memorable for different reasons. The muddied, flooded car parks in 2000 when the race was bizarrely moved to the middle of Britain’s rainiest month, are an image that have lasted long in the memory. And of course there was Cornelius Horan, the track invader who decided to play chicken with F1 cars on Hangar Straight in 2004. So many memories of such a great circuit. Everybody has 35