Thirty years ago John Watson won the British Grand Prix for McLaren in what was surely one of the most popular results the race has ever produced.
There were so many reasons why it was the perfect result on the day. Watson himself had endured five frustrating seasons since his only previous win with Penske in 1976, while McLaren had gone over three years without a victory and Silverstone was the first success for new team boss and co-owner Ron Dennis.
But most importantly it was the first win for John Barnard's composite MP4 chassis, a car that boldly pioneered a technology that was to transform the sport - and ultimately make it a lot safer.
The path towards Silverstone began at the end of the previous season. Dennis' plans to bring his Project 4 squad up from Formula 2 and F3 into the world of grand prix racing had been known for some time, and having hired Indycar designer Barnard to create a car, he was trying to put together the remaining pieces of the puzzle.
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