Grand Prix Gold: Mansell magic at Silverstone

Grand Prix Gold: Mansell magic at Silverstone

Ayrton Senna won a wet British Grand Prix in 1988, but it was Nigel Mansell who captured the hearts of the watching crowd with a sterling run to second in a recalcitrant Williams. Nigel Roebuck was there

If Ayrton Senna loses the Formula 1 World Championship this year, we will say that he lost it in Monte Carlo; if he wins it, we will recall that he won it at Silverstone.

On a day when conditions were so awful as to cause Alain Prost simply to surrender to them, Senna was in absolute command virtually throughout. Had the day been dry, the tale might have been different, for at Silverstone McLaren's act was not as we have come to expect. The car's handling was never just so in qualifying or the race, and for the first time this year someone other than Senna or Prost started from pole.

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