Grand Prix Gold: British GP 1986

Grand Prix Gold: British GP 1986

Just as he had done a year earlier, Nigel Mansell triumphed at Brands Hatch, but this time it was in the British Grand Prix and on an afternoon where he simply vanquished his two-time world champion team-mate

The momentum just builds and builds. Nigel Mansell broke a CV joint within yards of the start at Brands Hatch, but a multiple accident brought out the red flag – and with it another chance for him. It meant using the spare Williams, set up for Nelson Piquet - the only man ahead of him on the grid. Piquet led for 22 laps, and then Mansell passed him. Their tyre stops were identical and they put a lap on the whole field. Mansell-Piquet was how they finished, five seconds apart. This was Mansell's greatest day – and at home.

World champion Alain Prost trailed in third followed by Rene Arnoux's Ligier and the Tyrrells of Martin Brundle and Philippe Streiff. Johnny Dumfries drove well for seventh, his team-mate Ayrton Senna retiring. A great drive by Derek Warwick should have been rewarded with fifth, but the Brabham ran dry within sight of the flag, finishing eighth – one place ahead of Jonathan Palmer, whose computer indicated a minus amount of fuel!

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