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Here are the winningest British drivers of the British Grand Prix

Winning your home race is always a moment to savour, but the British Grand Prix is also rather special, being the first Grand Prix ever run in F1’s history.

Either way, winning the British Grand Prix as a Brit is something you won’t soon forget, but who are the most successful drivers to do so?

Jim Clark (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967)

Praised for his smooth driving style, F1 legend Jim Clark made an indelible mark on the sport before his passing, winning two world championships.

However, Clark also holds the record for the most overall British Grand Prix wins (albeit tied with Alain Prost), at five victories.

Clark’s most impressive win came at the 1964 running, which saw him cap a remarkable hat-trick of British GP wins. The race also saw him take a Grand Chelem (pole position, race victory, fastest lap and all laps led).

Nigel Mansell (1986, 1987, 1991, 1992)

Everyone’s favourite moustachioed F1 driver knows a thing or two about winning a British Grand Prix, having won four times in his career.

Pretty much all of Mansell’s British GP wins were memorable, starting with the 1986 race, which marked Sir Frank Williams’ return following a devastating road accident. The race was also notable for a first-corner pileup that saw fellow F1 driver Jonathan Palmer being the first doctor at the scene (having stopped his car to help Jacques Laffite).

The 1987 running saw the crowd running onto the track to celebrate with Mansell, while the 1991 running saw the Brit famously stop to give Ayrton Senna a lift on the slowdown lap.

Lewis Hamilton (2008, 2014, 2015)

The most recent winner of the British Grand Prix has an opportunity to go level with Mansell this weekend, having emerged victorious three times before.

The 2008 race was easily the most dominant British Grand Prix win by Hamilton, as a rainy Silverstone saw him finish over a minute ahead of Nick Heidfeld. In fact, aside from Heidfeld and third-placed Barrichello, Hamilton lapped everyone else.

The 2014 race saw Hamilton inherit the lead after teammate Nico Rosberg slowed down with mechanical issues, while the 2015 running saw the Mercedes team have a close fight with Williams, eventually prevailing in a one-two finish.

Stirling Moss (1955, 1957)

Touted by experts as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, Moss never actually won a world championship, having finished second a record four times. He did win two British Grands Prix though, so that’s something.

The Englishman took his first F1 win at the 1955 British GP, but Moss insists that teammate Juan-Manuel Fangio let him through. Fangio always maintained that Moss won the race fair and square.

The 1957 running is more patriotic though, marking the first time that a British car won an official (i.e. for points) F1 race, as well as the final time that two drivers won the race in a shared car.

Sir Jackie Stewart (1969, 1971)

Another legend of the sport, Stewart won his home Grand Prix in two of his three championship years.

The Scot’s first British Grand Prix win saw him engaging in a long, hard-fought battle with Jochen Rindt. Unfortunately for Rindt, he had to make two unscheduled stops. The result? Stewart won by over a lap from second-placed Jacky Ickx, while Rindt finished in fourth.

The 1971 event saw Stewart run away with the lead – a repeat of the dramatic 1969 race was not to be.

David Coulthard (1999, 2000)

Before Lewis Hamilton, the last Brit to win at home was David Coulthard, driving for McLaren.

The 1999 race saw Coulthard winning, but the event was marred by Michael Schumacher breaking his leg after crashing heavily into the tyre barriers.

The 2000 running was a close affair as the Scot passed Barrichello and held off a charging Hakkinen to take victory – not bad after starting from fourth position.


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