British GP Winners Join F1 Legends On-Track at Silverstone Classic
A trio of the most successful Grand Prix cars from recent Formula One history are adding to the on-track excitement at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (29-31 July). All three head-turners are proven winners, raced in period by World Champions.
Two of these iconic machines are British Grand Prix winners. The first is the very Williams-Renault FW18 in which Jacques Villeneuve roared to victory at Silverstone exactly 20 years ago in 1996. A similar all-conquering FW18 took Villeneuve’s team-mate, Damon Hill, to the world title in the same season. The second British Grand Prix winner is Mika Hakkinen’s McLaren-Mercedes MP4-16A, which took the chequered flag five years later in 2001.
Today, both these Adrian Newey-designed world-beaters are owned by United Autosports and have recently been restored to their former glories by those at Williams and McLaren. Not only will they be revving up on track alongside a number of other F1 cars from the similar Mansell, Senna and Schumacher era, but will also be on prominent public display in the paddock, providing a rare chance to see them up close.
It’s a fantastic treat for visitors - just hearing these V10s revving to 20,000rpm is going to be something no F1 fan is going to want to miss... and that both cars have true Silverstone pedigree makes their presence even more special.
Zak Brown will also be racing an evocative March 701 in the two FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship showdowns. This particular chassis was the very car run by the Ken Tyrrell Organisation in which triple World Champion Jackie Stewart won the 1970 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch the March marque’s maiden Formula 1 race win and followed up with an equally significant victory a month later in the Spanish GP. This special milestone March has some interesting Silverstone history, too a week after winning in Spain, Stewart drove it to second place in the BRDC International Trophy, a non-championship race staged at Silverstone.
While this trio of star attractions will certainly be high on the list of crowd-pleasers, they are among illustrious company at the annual Classic a not-to-be-missed record-breaking event which sees unrivalled numbers of historic racing cars still competing today!
All tickets include free entrance to both racing paddocks and pit complexes, trackside grandstands and live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings. Ticket information is available here.