1991 was the year that Ayrton Senna was leading the Formula 1 championship at the Silverstone Grand Prix, which he would eventually win. However, Christian Horner was just a 17-year old karting driver, who had yet to step into the world of F1.
“One of my earliest memories coming here was back in , shortly after I passed my driving test in my pimped-up Volkswagen Beetle,” Horner explained.
“They used to have a Goodyear tyre test here in June, the month before the grand prix.
“As an aspiring young karting driver I managed to find a hole in a fence – I don’t know whether it’s still there, around the corner from Copse, go through the tunnel, there’s a hole in the fence there.
“I crawled through that, I managed to get into the pitlane, and tried to pretend like I looked like I should be there.
“I had a karting jacket on at the time and came face to face with Ayrton Senna. It was a huge moment for me, he was one of my heroes.
“He’d had an accident on a jet ski and so he wasn’t doing a lot of driving, but he noticed the kart logo I had on my jacket and started asking me about karting. I thought, ‘I can’t top that! This day cannot get any better.’”