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Beaten by the weather

Steven Lynch September 17, 2013
Many drivers slid off the track in the wet conditions at Silverstone © Sutton Images
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Am I dreaming or was the British GP once stopped by a hailstorm? asked Belinda Sargeant

I think the race you're thinking of was at Silverstone in 1975, which was stopped after a torrential downpour which started on the 53rd lap of what was supposed to be a 68-lap race. The TV coverage seems to show only heavy rain, but other reports do mention hail - and the weather looks so bad I wouldn't rule anything out! Several cars, including James Hunt's Hesketh, aquaplaned off the track - many of them slid into each other in the catch fencing at Club Corner - and when the eventual decision was made to stop the race, on the 57th lap, only six cars were actually running. Emerson Fittipaldi, who was leading the race at the end of the previous lap (at which point he came into the pits), was declared the winner.

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