The two rounds of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One produced triumphs and disappointments in equal measure for the participants. A bit like current F1 really.
The first race on Saturday had to be restarted following a early red flag as a result of Sid Hoole’s incident in which he sustained a leg injury but fortunately nothing worse. At the restart grid leader, winner of the Monaco Classic F1 race, and rising race star, Michael Lyons, set off like a scalded cat in the Hesketh and looked to have an unassailable lead.
It’s often said that the parents of such successful young racers are fully behind them in their endeavours . In Michaels case this is very true as his father Frank was a couple of rows back down the grid in an ex-James Hunt McLaren M26 and his mother Judy a few rows further back in a Surtees TS9.
It was Hancock’s Fittipaldi that took the flag, with a hard charging Martin Stretton in second place less than 5sec behind followed half a second later by third place Christophe D’Ansembourg’s Williams FW07/C.
The second leg on Sunday was therefore set to be an epic race. As the red lights went out at the start, Saturday’s victor Ollie Hancock remained in the lead, but behind him battle commenced. Michael Lyons worked his way through the pack as expected to challenge the front runners and watched as they tussled amongst themselves. Steve Hartley’s Arrows A4, stirred by an exit on lap 2 of Saturday’s race, joined in with Hancock, Stretton and D’Ansemburg for the lead. With the lead changing over several laps, it was Stretton who finally managed to get enough ahead and stay there, to ensure victory over second placed Steve Hartley less than 3sec behind with Christophe D’Ansemburg again third.
Of the two races Steve Hartley in the 1982 Arrows A4 clocked the fastest lap at 1:54:485. It’s interesting to note that a few weeks before Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes posted the fastest lap during the 2014 British Grand Prix at 1:37:478.
The sight and above all the sounds of these F1 cars from the not so distant past many gives the thought to many that DFV stands for Definite Full Volume.