Five of Britain’s best F1 drivers

In just over a week the Formula 1 circus will arrive at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.

In this article Last Lap looks at the top five British drivers that have graced the series.

Lewis Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton is closing in on Michael Schumacher’s records in his attempt to become the greatest Formula 1 driver in history.

The Mercedes driver has won five championships. His first came in his second season in the series in 2008 for McLaren and after five years without a title, Hamilton added a second in 2014 at Mercedes.

He has dominated the sport in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down as he closes in on Schumacher’s record 91 wins and seven world titles.

Hamilton has 79 wins and 142 podiums from 238 starts making him the best driver currently on the grid and arguably one of the best of all-time.

Jackie stewart

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Jackie Stewart was one of the most successful drivers of his generation, winning the Formula 1 championship on three occasions.

During his nine year career, Stewart drove for the likes of BRM, Matra, March and Tyrrell and had Formula 1 legend, Graham Hill as a teammate.

He was incredibly quick but his greatest contribution to the sport is his campaign to improve safety standards at a time when it was commonplace for drivers to be killed during Grand Prix weekends.

Stewart has never strayed too far away from Formula 1 and between 1997 and 1999 he ran his own team, Stewart Grand Prix. In those three years his team managed one victory – the Austrian Grand Prix in 1997.

Jim Clark

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Jim Clark is arguably one of the greatest drivers of all-time and his career was cut short when he died in a crash at Hockenheim in 1968.

The Scot spent his whole Formula 1 career racing for Colin Chapman and Lotus, winning two World Championships.

He was known for his smooth driving style and blistering speed that allowed him to dominate the 1963 season in his Lotus 25.

Clark holds the joint record number of British Grand Prix wins with Lewis Hamilton with both drivers having won the race on five occasions.

Graham Hill

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Graham Hill was the gentleman and “cheeky chappy” of Formula 1.

He was a Monaco specialist, winning the race five times and he is the only driver to have won the famous triple crown – Indy 500, Formula 1 World Championship and Le Mans 24 hours.

He got his first race win at the 1962 Dutch Grand Prix and won the Formula 1 title three times.

Hill set up his own team in 1973 but the team ended after 11 races. The team were flying back from testing at Paul Ricard when their plane crashed in Arkley, killing Hill, driver Tony Brise and four other team members.

Nigel Mansell

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Nigel Mansell was a true fighter. He vary rarely had the fastest car but he would bully his machine around a track in pursuit of fighting at the front.

Mansell had strong rivalries with Ayrton Senna and Ricardo Patrese and he finally took his first and only Formula 1 championship in 1992.

He retired from the sport for 1993 but returned for cameo roles in 1994 and 1995.

Mansell spent the majority of his career racing for Williams and he took 31 victories from 187 starts.

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