Thanks Keke, I was lucky enough to be there in 1981 but I've never actually seen the TV coverage as it took so long to get out of Silverstone the BBC highlights program had already been on and we didn't have a video recorder.
The 81 race is great. Apart from the Woodcote chicane, it's just like Grand Prix Legends. Charlie would have had fun with the ton of jumped starts.
Catch fencing: designed to either shred the car ( like Rommel's Asparagus in WW2- that wasn't cars, obviously), or wrap the driver in layers of chicken wire, so that in the event of a fire he'd be nicely done before anyone arrived with the wirecutters....
I was at club which gave me a great view for the race, lots of overtaking.
Best of all though was Vettel crawling to a halt in front of me hahahahahaha. I don't know if it was shown on TV but everone in the stands was cheering when Vettel came to a halt and we were all doing the vettel finger
That moment alone was worth going for.
Was it shown on TV that the safety car nearly ran into Vettels stationary car?
Those final few laps were very exciting, quite a long time after all but the last 2 cars had crossed the finish line a marrusia and a caterham came flying through stowe/vale/club fighting wheeel to wheel to the finish line and everyone was cheering them on.
Man I wish I had more Qualifying footage from 1985. The BBC needs to release this stuff on DVD somehow! Seeing Rosberg manhandling the FW10 and Senna taming the 97T is simply majestic.
I just had a look at the quali data from 1985 and it really is unbelievable how great Rosberg and Senna were at qualifying those beasts with the engine turned up full boost.
Rosberg's average Grid Position was 3.8 in 1985. Mansell's was 5.7. (30.4 positions over 16 races)
Senna's average Grid Position was 3. de Angelis was fully 3 spots back with 6.1. (49.6 positions over 16 races)
For reference, the 85 Champion Alain Prost averaged a grid position of 5.