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HISTORY

THE 1990S

The 1990s

The famous Silverstone Grand Prix track underwent major revisions for the 1991 British Grand Prix. It remained one of the fastest tracks on the F1 calendar.

The all-new Becketts sequence, the Vale link between Stowe and Club, the plunging Bridge Bend and in-field loop at Priory, were all given the universal 'thumbs up' by both drivers and spectators.

Nigel Mansell certainly enjoyed the new circuit – he took back-to-back victories for Williams in 1991 and 1992. Sadly 'Our Nige' didn't return to complete a what could have been a famous hat-trick in 1993 as he was racing in the States but, in his place, Alain Prost upheld Williams honour. Damon Hill had been on target to give the Hill family its first-ever British Grand Prix win but his engine expired handing the spoils on a plate to team-mate Prost.

Further track revisions to reduce speeds – notably at Abbey – came in June 1994 in the aftermath of the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenburger at Imola. One month later Damon Hill made up for the previous year's disappointments with an emotional home win and Johnny Herbert produced an equally stirring victory in 1995 but only after Hill and Michael Schumacher had collided when dicing for the lead.

Jacques Villeneuve maintained Williams' enviable record of Silverstone success in 1996 and 1997 before Michael Schumacher finally broke his British Grand Prix duck in 1998 but, 12 months later, broke his leg when suffering brake failure at Stowe. Despite Schumacher's accident, what had been a decade of significant change at Silverstone concluded on a high note for the local fans when David Coulthard triumphed for McLaren in 1999.

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Soak up the history and explore the inner workings of Silverstone. For most it'll be your one and only chance to stand on the podium!