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The Mansell F1 record that Verstappen didn’t quite beat
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The Mansell F1 record that Verstappen didn’t quite beat

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Red Bull set the fastest lap at the 2020 British GP, Mercedes has the fastest car, but neither has yet managed to surpass the quickest Silverstone Formula 1 lap of all time. That honour belongs to a moustache-wearing Brit from over 30 years ago.

Max Verstappen's fastest lap in the 2020 British Grand Prix – following the tyre stop that arguably cost him victory – represented an incredible average speed of 151.3mph around Silverstone. That 1m27.097s effort is a record around the current 3.661-mile configuration of the Northamptonshire circuit, but it's not the fastest racing lap recorded during a British GP.

Perhaps appropriately given his affinity with the place and three Silverstone F1 wins, Nigel Mansell still holds that particular accolade. His 1m09.832s mark, set during his famous and successful pursuit of Williams-Honda team-mate Nelson Piquet in 1987, produced a 153.1mph lap of the 2.969-mile version.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nigel Mansell , Max Verstappen
Author Kevin Turner