Jul 10, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
Ayrton Senna won the British Grand Prix in appalling conditions on this day 25 years ago.
Home hero Nigel Mansell charged to a brilliant second place for Williams. But Senna’s team mate Alain Prost found the conditions too wet and withdrew from the proceedings.
Unusually for the 1988 season the McLaren pair had been kept from the front row by the two Ferraris. Gerhard Berger led the opening laps while Senna found his way past Michele Alboreto.
Behind them Prost had dropped back and an entertaining battle developed between Mauricio Gugelmin and Alessandro Nannini, the pair soon joined by the flying Mansell.
Senna caught and passed Berger when the Ferrari driver was briefly held up lapping Prost (though as the video above shows commentator James Hunt didn’t immediately register the significance of the action replay). The championship leader later pulled into the pits and retired while his team mate claimed his fourth victory of the year.
But the star of the race was Mansell, who picked off a string of rivals in his underpowered Williams-Judd. It was no repeat of his inspired triumph at the track 12 months earlier, brought it brought some cheer to the rain-lashed crowd.
Nannini claimed third for Benetton ahead of Gugelmin’s March. Nelson Piquet was fifth for Lotus ahead of Derek Warwick, his Arrows the sixth different constructor in the top six points-paying positions.
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