Top 5 British Grand Prix moments

Top 5 British Grand Prix moments

It's the British Grand Prix this weekend, and both excitement and anticipation are already building.

We're lucky enough that our home Grand Prix is held at a legendary circuit, thick with heritage, and where thrills, spills, and edge-of-the-seat action are all regular fixtures.

So while we count down the days and hours before the start of the race on Sunday, here's a look back at our top five most memorable moments from the race's time at Silverstone.
1. 1992: Mansell's championship win

1992 was the year in which Britain's mustachioed hero took the World Championship, and on his way to that victory, Nige took this crushing win at Silverstone. From pole, he led every lap to the flag, and in taking the top spot, surpassed Jackie Stewart to become the most successful British racing driver of all time. The then-traditional track invasion prevented Mansell from returning to the pits, and marshalls had to shepherd him home for the podium ceremony.

2. 1998: Schumacher's stop-go controversy

With heavy rain dominating the race, Mika Hakkinen built up a commanding lead off the line, but a safety car period, followed by a spin, gifted the lead of the race to championship rival Michael Schumacher. But Schumacher was deemed to have overtaken sixth-place man Alex Wurz while lapping him under safety car conditions, earning him a stop-go penalty. Schumacher took the penalty on the final lap, crossing the line in the pit lane before doing so to take the race victory. The win was appealed by Hakkinen, but stewards cited a lack of clarity and the original result stood.

3. 1995: Johnny Herbert's maiden win

With Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill - the two favourites and title contenders - both out of the race after a clumsy overtaking attempt by the latter, Schumacher's Benetton team-mate Johnny Herbert romped home to victory. It was Herbert's first F1 win, and fellow drivers celebrated with him after the race, despite the controversy surrounding the Schumacher/Hill incident.

4. 1991: Mansell gives Senna a lift home

A newly-remodelled Silverstone played host to a race-long tussle between title rivals Mansell and Senna for the lead, but it was the Manxman who took the win when Senna ran out of fuel on the final lap. Ever the sportsman, Mansell stopped to offer Senna a lift back to the pits, perched on the Williams' engine cover, and much to the delight of the spectating crowds.

5. 2003: The mad priest invades the track

With shocking disregard for his own safety or that of the drivers, priest Neil Horan took to the Hangar Straight on foot in an attempt to draw attention to his Messianic prophecies. He was tackled single-handedly by a marshal, who dragged him off to the track edge, and was later convicted of aggravated trespass and sentenced to two months in jail.

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