Ask someone to name their iconic moments from Silverstone and the Mansell mania that came down in Northamptonshire when the Briton won in 1987 will be high on the list.
Fans flooded the pitch as Mansell set 11 lap records en route to the second of his four wins on the pitch – and Hamilton may have to muster a similar performance against Verstappen on Sunday.
The seven-time world champion tracks his Red Bull rival by 32 points after not winning any of the last five grand prix, and recently admitted that the Dutchman is running away with the title.
But former McLaren star David Coulthard believes the Silverstones packed stands could give the Mercedes man a boost as he looks set to finish the race.
“It feels a bit like Mercedes has to deliver on the weekend, Lewis has to deliver on the weekend because Max is not afraid of anyone,” said W Series Advisory Board Chairman Coulthard.
“He’s a natural winner, he’s on top of a wave right now, and he will not be phased out by many union jackets.
“But I think Lewis is someone who reacts in a Nigel Mansell-like way to home support, and I really think it can lift him. I think it’s a really important weekend for the championship. ”
However, Coulthard believes Verstappen is not afraid of the challenge of finishing Hamilton’s four-year race as world champion.
“You could have predicted with reasonable certainty that as dominant as Mercedes has been and as consistent as Lewis has been, it would not last forever because it never does in sports,” he said.
“Max is at the mature age of 23, he has a huge amount of experience now.
“He’s a mature driver who doesn’t give so much that it’s Lewis Hamilton, world champion, he just wants to beat everyone.”
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The Scot feels that Mercedes and Hamilton can fight back despite Red Bull’s advantage.
“Lewis just has to be Lewis,” Coulthard added.
“And the team must be as they have been before, they are solution finders, they know modern Grand Prix Racing, where they lose time.
“They just have to roll up their sleeves and do what they get paid to do, and that’s brilliant.”
Hamilton recently signed a contract extension, and Coulthard believes Mercedes has Verstappen’s title bid to thank.
“I have seen another Lewis in this challenge. I think he really enjoys the challenge, ”he said.
“He has won so much to win, I think the fact that he has signed up for another two years, he is so motivated by the challenge, Max Verstappen and Red Bull have extended his career.
“The fact that he is not winning right now prolongs his career.”
The third round of the 2021 W Series season in Silverstone is live on Channel 4 this Saturday from 13:05 BST.