British GP’s wildest F1 moments with naked streakers, track invasions and broken bones
‘Read the Bible’
F1 drivers were almost shocked out their helmets when they came onto the Hanger straight – the fastest part of the circuit – at the British GP in 2003.
Right in front of their 200mph race machines was Irish priest Neil Horan, wearing a kilt and waving a banner reading “Read the Bible: The Bible is always right”.
He had skipped over the safety barriers and straight towards the cars who had to dart away from him to the far side of the track.
Marshalls managed to tackle him before he could cause anymore chaos, and before his daft stunt could end in tragedy.
He was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, aggravated trespass and sentenced to two months in jail.
Schumacher’s career changing crash
F1 legend Michael Schumacher may have made even more history if it wasn’t for this horrific crash at the British GP in 1999.
Schumacher could have been an eight-time world champion if his Ferrari hadn’t suffered a brake failure as he came towards Stowe.
The red car skipped over the gravel trap and buried itself in the tire barrier.
Marshalls rushed to help Schumacher who was left with a broken leg that sidelined him for the rest of the season – handing the title to Hakkinen.
If it not for the mechanical problem of the fastest part of the circuit, Schumacher’s position at the top of the history books may look even more unassailable.
Put your money with your mouth is
Unlike our streaker from above, this was a planned run in the buff after a British journalist decided to bet against Kimi Raikkonen.
Bob McKenzie promised he would run around Silverstone naked if Mclaren won a race in 2004.
Raikkonen was happy to obilge however as he lived up to his nickname of the “King of Spa” as he won the Belgian GP.
McKenzie however lived up to his words at the British GP in 2005 as he stripped off, painted himself McLaren colours, wore a sporran, and went for a little jog around Silverstone.
He managed to complete the lap in around 37 minutes – proving near doubt The Iceman.
And the crowd goes wild…
F1 legend Mansell might have good reason to hail the British GP as the best race after these incredible scenes in 1992.
Red Five scored the win in a thrilling race which saw him storm past teammate Ricardo Patrese – a win which came as part of his world championship season.
Joyous fans streamed onto the track in their thousands, running right up to circuit as Mansell completed his victory lap.
Mansell flew a Union Jack from his cockpit as he was flocked by fan, not even being able to finish getting to the pits due to throng of people.
He celebrated with his public on the track before dashing to the podium where he was met by an incredible roar from the fans.
Need a lift?
Another classic moment from Mansell was when he showed true class and offered rival Ayrton Senna a lift home at the British GP in 1991.
McLaren ace Senna ended up grinding to a halt on the final lap as Williams star Mansell took another popular home win.
Mansell noticed Senna sitting by his stricken car, pulled over, and let the Brazilian climb aboard – giving him a ride back to the pits.
Senna clung on as the two world champions celebrated together in a moment which has gone down in F1 myth.
One steward even tried to make Senna get off, but the two drivers shooed him away and history was made.
Did the rest even bother?
It is hard to remember a time when Lewis Hamilton wasn’t a world champion, but back in 2008 he stamped his authority on the British GP on his road to his first title.
Silverstone was at risk of being a total washout as torrential rain brought a taste of British summertime.
While his rivals even struggled to keep their cars in a straight line, Hamilton was in a class of his own – eclipsing his nearest rivals by a whole minute.
Rarely in the modern era of F1 do we see such dominance, and it was a performance that silenced even the staunchiest of Hamilton’s critics.
He went from fourth on the grid and then lapped every car except for Nick Heidfeld and Rubens Barrichello.
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