You were there: Silverstone testing '87-'90

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After a 1987 trip to Ferrari’s base at Maranello, Tim Latham and his friend Ray began to get invitations to join the team at Silverstone F1 tyre testing sessions, with free access to drivers and team members. The invitations continued for six or seven years. “We always knew they would stop eventually,” says Tim, “but what memories we have!”

Nigel Mansell performs donuts ina Ferrari F40 at Silverstone

Nigel Mansell performing doughnuts in the pitlane with an F40

Derek Warwick and Martin Donnelly at Silverstone

Lotus-Lamborghini drivers Derek Warwick and Martin Donnelly look cheerful

Gordon Murray speaks to Alain Prost in 1988

Gordon Murray, McLaren’s technical director in 1988, discusses progress of the tyre tests with Alain Prost seated in his MP4/4

Ayrton Senna at Silverstone

Ayrton Senna waiting for preparations to be finished on his Lotus 99T

1987 Lotus 99T

Because of a Williams deal with Honda, Lotus had to use an ’86-spec engine in its 1987 active-suspension 99T

Ferrari of Gerhard Berger being pushed into the pits in 1989

Gerhard Berger in the Ferrari F1-89 (aka 640) returns to the pits

John Barnard with Gerhard Berger

In 1987 John Barnard joined Ferrari as chief designer. Here he and an engineer discuss settings with Gerhard Berger

Denis Jenkinson and Nigel Roebuck at Silverstone

Our own Denis Jenkinson in earnest conversation with Nigel Roebuck.

Michele Alboreto at Silverstone

Michele Alboreto waits patiently while adjustments are made to his car

 


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