Senna’s best race performance?
Written by my own fair hand:
To set the scene: the Williams car was clearly the class of the field, as it had been the previous year, and Ayrton Senna had an inferior Ford engine to Michael Schumacher all season as McLaren, after the departure of Honda, was now only a customer team, the works units were of course supplied exclusively to Benetton. Benetton got the latest spec engine with pneumatic valves; Senna would have to contend with springs and inferior horsepower…
At Donington 93 Prost, in the gizmo clad Williams FW15C, was on pole with a time of 1'10.458. Senna qualified 4th with a time of 1'12.107. Senna was nearly 2 sec slower than Prost in the dry!
The race was wet, very wet. Wendlinger made a great start and passed Senna and Schumacher. Then, we saw pure unadulterated genius: Senna passed Michael Schumacher, Karl Wendlinger, Damon Hill and Alain Prost on lap 1 in treacherous wet conditions. Senna led the pack by 0.698 seconds as he crossed the start finish line having started the lap in 4th place!
The weather became changeable, drying up then raining again. Senna judged the situation impeccably, several times driving on a wet track with slick tyres displaying extra worldly car control. Prost couldn’t decide what to do and this is evident in the fact that he had 7 pit stops compared to Senna's 4.
Senna led 93% of the race with Prost the only other driver to lead a lap (5 in total) and Senna posted the fastest race lap time on lap 57, 1.350 seconds faster than Damon Hill’s lap which was second quickest.
Damon finished the race in second place, 83.199 seconds behind the great Brazilian. Alain Prost finished third and was lapped, so was everyone behind him, several times. Lots of drivers spun out in the difficult conditions including the ‘rain master’ Michael Schumacher. He lasted only until lap 22.
(With broadband the video loads almost instantly, I’m not sure how long it will take for 56k modems…)
Edited by Senna, 11 November 2005 - 09:54 PM.