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In the garden of England
At Brands Hatch the Williams team gave a demonstration of dominance and quality. Both cars started from the front row and, apart from the first two laps, occupied the leading positions throughout, not even losing the lead during pitstops. Given another lap or so, Mansell and Piquet would have lapped third place man, Alain Prost, for a second time and Prost was in no trouble, he was a full lap clear of the rest of the field and his best lap was nearly two seconds quicker than anyone else. Rarely more than a few lengths apart, Mansell and Piquet were not only putting on a display of team superiority, they were engaged in a private battle.
To put the Williams-Honda performance into perspective, Mansell's fastest lap took nearly two seconds off Laffite's record set last October, and their best race laps would have put them on the fifth row of this year's grid, ahead of both Brabhams and both Ferraris. By contrast, Laffite's 1985 fastest lap would have put him nineteenth on the 1985 grid, among the no-hopers.