Your questions: Schumacher’s British wins

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2002Lesley wrote this week with the following query:

How many times did Michael Schumacher win the British Grand Prix?

Well I can tell you for sure he won in 1998 – because I was there! And it was seriously wet…

That was the first of three wins at Silverstone for the German, and by far the most interesting, because it was the celebrated race he won in the pit lane, controversially serving a stop-go finish after taking the chequered flag. That even tops being pulled out of a barrier by a crane and carrying on racing, in my book.

He won again in 2002 in another race interrupted by rain. On that occasion the superiority of Bridgestone wet-weather tyres made early leader Juan Pablo Montoya easy meat for the Ferrari driver.

His final win in Britain came in 2004. He ran fourth to begin with behind Kimi Raikkonen, Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button, but his late first pit stop allowed him to vault past all three and thereafter cruise home.

Still, Schumacher did not enjoy quite the kind of success at Silverstone that he did at other tracks, like Magny-Cours, where he won eight times.

Controversy and incident stalked Schumacher at Silverstone. He overtook Damon Hill during the formation lap in 1994, and after failing to obey a black flag, was disqualified and banned for two races.

The following year he and Hill collided while Schumacher was leading. Then in 1999 came the leg-breaking crash that ruined his championship bid.

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