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Motor Racing: Mansell deepens Senna's despair two emphatically did not get along, and although their relationship has been better of late. In , there was no real competition Prost after a desastrous 91 campaign took a sabatical year, and Mansell and Williams Renault were almost unbeatable . It's been 28 years since Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna collided on Lap 1 of the And to commemorate the lowest point of their relationship, here are five other.
His eight wins beat the old record of seven jointly held by Jim Clark and Prost His 13 pole positions also beat the record of nine held by Nelson Piquet The following year, the rivalry between Senna and Prost intensified into numerous battles on the track and a psychological war off it. Senna took an early lead in the championship with victories in San Marino, Monacoand Mexico.
Senna also achieved the feat of leading every lap of those races which was not equalled until Sebastian Vettel in However, unreliability in PhoenixCanadaFranceBritainand Italytogether with collisions in Brazil and Portugalswung the title in Prost's favour.
Prost had managed to leave the grid faster than Senna by removing the gurney flap from his car, which was unbeknownst to Senna. On lap 46, Senna had finally come next to Prost and attempted a pass on the inside at the last chicane.
Prost turned right into the upcoming corner, cutting Senna off and tangling wheels with him. The collision caused both McLarens to slide to a standstill into the escape road ahead.
Prost abandoned the race at that point, whereas Senna urged marshals for a push-start, which he received, then proceeding with the race after a pit stop to replace the damaged nose on his car. He took the lead from the Benetton of Alessandro Nannini and went on to claim victory, only to be disqualified following a stewards meeting after the race.
Senna was disqualified for receiving a push start, cutting the chicane after the collision with Prost, and for crossing into the pit lane entry which was not part of the track. Senna claimed that Balestre had forced the race stewards to disqualify him so his fellow Frenchman Prost could win the championship, though the stewards of the meeting denied that Balestre forced their decision, claiming that he was not present when the decision was made.
Prost left McLaren for rivals Ferrari for the following year. InSenna took a commanding lead in the championship with six wins, two second places, and three thirds. Among his victories were the opening round in Phoenixin which he diced for the lead for several laps with a then-unknown Jean Alesi before coming out on top, and in Germanywhere he fought Benetton driver Alessandro Nannini throughout the race for the win. As the season reached its final quarter, however, Alain Prost in his Ferrari rose to the challenge with five wins, including a crucial victory in Spain where he and teammate Nigel Mansell finished 1—2 for the Scuderia.
Senna had gone out with a damaged radiator, and the gap between Senna and Prost was now reduced to 9 points with two races remaining. Before qualifying, Senna had sought assurances from the organisers to move pole position left onto the clean side of the racetrack.
After qualifying, FIA president Balestre denied Senna's request, leaving Senna to start on the dirty right side, thus favouring Prost on the left.
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In addition, as revealed by F1 journalist Maurice Hamilton,  the FIA had warned that crossing the yellow line of the pit exit on the right to better position oneself at the first corner would have not been appropriate, further infuriating Senna.
At the beginning of the race, Prost pulled ahead of Senna, who immediately tried to repass Prost at the first corner. An irritated Senna questioned how someone like Stewart, himself a triple world champion, could ask questions like he did, knowing the pressure under which drivers raced. He maintained that prior to qualifying fastest, he had sought and received assurances from race officials that pole position would be changed to the left, clean side of the track where the racing line wasonly to find this decision reversed by Jean-Marie Balestre after he had taken pole.
Prost would later go on record criticising Senna's actions as "disgusting", saying that he seriously considered retiring from the sport after that incident. Prost, because of the downturn in performance at Ferrari, the likes of which littered the team's history, was no longer a serious competitor.
In preseason testing, Senna made public misgivings about the car's competitiveness with the new Honda V12, stating that the engine was not as powerful as the prior year's V By midseason, Nigel Mansell in the Williams-Renault was able to put up a challenge. During qualifying for that Grand Prix, he attempted to take the banked degree Peraltada corner Mexico City circuit's fastest corner faster than normal, ending up spinning off the track and rolling over the car after crashing into a tyre barrier.
Though Senna's consistency, the car's competitiveness and the Williams's unreliability at the beginning of the season gave him an early advantage, Senna insisted that Honda step up their engine development program and demanded further improvements to the car before it was too late.
These modifications enabled him to make a late-season push, and he won three more races to secure the championship, which was settled in Japan when Mansell who needed to winwent off at the first corner while running third and beached his Williams in the gravel trap. Senna finished second, handing the victory to teammate Gerhard Berger at the last corner as a thank-you gesture for his support over the season.
InSenna's determination to win manifested itself in dismay at McLaren's inability to challenge Williams's all-conquering FW14B car. A delay occurred in getting the new model running it debuted in the third race of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix and in addition to lacking active suspension, the new car suffered from reliability issues and was unpredictable in fast corners, while its Honda V12 engine was no longer the most powerful on the circuit.
He had to be extricated from the car by circuit doctors; although he raced the next day, albeit retiring from the race due to gearbox failure. Senna scored wins in MonacoHungaryand Italy that year. He got out of his car and ran across the track to help the Frenchman, disregarding his own safety in an effort to aid a fellow driver. He later went to visit Comas in the hospital. His actions won universal praise from those in Formula One and seemed to soften his hard-nosed image.
Senna finished fourth overall in the championship, behind the Williams duo of Mansell and Riccardo Patreseand Benetton's Michael Schumacher. At the Brazilian Grand PrixSchumacher accused Senna of 'playing around' while attempting to overtake Senna, who had a problem with his engine. Senna later confronted Schumacher, who admitted responsibility for the accident.
Because Senna would drive for Williams in So in this context, Senna talked to other team during to see what were his other option. Ferrari once again was a possibility.
Sadly, as we saw in the 5th part of this article, Ferrari was all but in great shape at the time. Things were heating up at McLaren too, as Honda announced they would leave F1 at the end of the season. Gerhard Berger, best friend and Senna's teamate decided to come back to Ferrari where he had only good memories of his previous time with the reds the idea was that maybe Senna would rejoin Berger there later: I think there was more potential in it, but due to certain circumstances I couldn't apply it right.
Ayrton said, 'I want to win, I will leave, I will go to Williams, I think it's time to move to the best car, and the best car now is Williams.
I have to say I got a very good financial offer, and I decided to go, knowing that Ford would most probably replace Honda". I knew he hadn't signed anything and was struggling.
I said to him maybe I could try to sort things up at the Scuderia for you to rejoin me later. Here at Spa Francorchamps in 93, having fun for Gerhard birthday in the Ferrari motorhome.
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I was very much hoping that John Barnard could solves our problems, but he couldn't. Meanwhile Ayrton won five races at McLaren — but I'm not so sure if the wins were more due to Ayrton than anything else".