British GP Hero

Britain is the most successful country in Grand Prix Motoring Racing, having won more drivers' and constructors' championships than any other nation. But who is your ultimate British GP hero?

There are plenty to choose from, with nine British drivers having shared 13 drivers' championships between them since the inception of the Formula 1 World Championship in 1950.

In terms of races won, Nigel Mansell is the most successful driver to come out of the UK, with 31 victories to his name. He caught the imagination of the British public during the 1980s and 1990s with his overwhelming fighting spirit. Four of his victories came at the British Grand Prix, with the last in 1992 prompting a track invasion, such was the British fans' love of their hero.

The British driver with the most wins on home soil is actually Jim Clark, who took the chequered flag on five separate occasions at the British GP. He is generally regarded as the most naturally talented British driver of all time, winning three drivers' championships for Lotus during the 1960s. However, he tragically lost his life in an F2 race in Germany in 1968 before his true potential could be realised.

Then there is the Hill family: father Graham and son Damon have three drivers' championships between them. Graham was perhaps the most versatile driver to come out of Britain, and to this day is the only man to have won the three major motorsport titles: F1, Indy 500 and Le Mans.

Damon became the first son of a World Champion to win the championship himself - for the Williams team in 1996.

Two drivers who caught the British imagination in the 1970s - James Hunt and Jackie Stewart - are clear contenders for the title of the Greatest British Driver. You couldn't imagine two more different individuals, but the calm, measured Jackie Stewart and the extravagant playboy James Hunt shared a passion for speed and for victory.

It is a contrast which has been replicated in the modern day with current British GP heroes Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

So who do you think is most deserving of the title Great British GP Hero?

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