BBC Formula 1 Rewind – Senna

Suzi Perry and Murray Walker introduce three defining races in the career of the late Ayrton Senna, a three-time world champion who is regarded by many as the greatest Formula One driver in history.

At the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix, Senna’s title defence was ended in controversial fashion following a collision with race leader, championship rival and McLaren teammate Alain Prost. Senna managed to restart his car and went on to win the race, but was later disqualified for using an escape road to rejoin the circuit. This handed the title to Prost.

In Monaco three years later, Senna gave a masterclass in defensive driving over the closing laps to prevent Nigel Mansell from passing him for victory.

At a rain-lashed Donington Park in 1993 the brilliant Brazilian soared from fifth to first on the opening lap to earn one of the last and most memorable victories of his career.


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