Prost remembers Senna: The bitter feud that healed
Speaking to Rachel Brookes about his book 'Staying on track', Nigel Mansell reveals details about his 'red mist' altercation with Ayrton Senna. A newly published photograph showing that debris on the track may have caused Ayrton Senna's fatal crash at Imola, Italy, in will not alter the case against the Williams team, Maurizio Passarini, who will prosecute at their trial for manslaughter opening on Thursday. Bruno Senna moved cheerily through the Williams garage at the Circuit 'All the drivers have a light relationship — until there is a clash on the track. Mauricio Pochettino insists he only wants to 'enjoy the spectacle' when.
Ferrari would go on to an emotional 1—2 finish, the first in an Italian Grand Prix since the death of the team's founder Enzo Ferrari. This would prove to be the only race McLaren did not win in During the season, Senna rewrote the record books.
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.
Prost remembers Senna: The bitter feud that healed
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.
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. Oscillation could depend on the distance from the support, but only by millimetres, not by some centimetres.
He added that this opinion was formed from his many years of experience of the Imola circuit and others around the world.
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Coulthard supports the Williams' theory that the movement seen on the Betamax video was perfectly normal. The magistrate, Antonio Costanzo, accepted the testimony of Coulthard but only with the proviso that he appears in person.
Outside the courtroom Alboreto said he was convinced that Senna's crash was caused by mechanical failure and not driver error. He stated that he was semi-retired and that fact allowed him to speak freely. People involved in F1 don't want to be thought hostile towards the environment. No one will go to prison for this, and that is logical as the whole sport entails risks hardly avoidable.
But this trial is obliged to at least defend the memory of two drivers, I talk also of Ratzenberger, they cannot defend themselves. It bothers me that in all this people are defending positions which are indefensible. The chief prosecutor then staged a long dialectical duel with the Williams defence lawyers, engineers and Mike Gutilla, on the simulation elaborated by Williams which tried to prove that the behaviour of Senna's car was to that of the simulator.
Passarini using the images from Senna's in-car camera to prove that Senna steered to the right, recalled the famous yellow button on the steering wheel.
Another Williams expert, Vitali, said the movements visible were not only circulatory as dictated by the force of the torsion. Finally Stirano showed a video produced at the laboratory using a car taken from the teams' F1 museum.
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The film, which had a driver at the wheel simulating the same movements as those made during a race, according to the defence, showed a reconstruction of the oscillations of Senna's steering wheel before the accident, with the yellow button that moved in a springy compatible way conducive to the materials used and the imposed effort from the driver. However the film did not impress Maurizio Passarini: The next court hearing will be on September 22 with the testimony of David Coulthard if he attends and other consultants.
The S Files Not the reactions of Senna September 23 The court reconvened Monday 22nd September for an afternoon session which was devoted to the counter-examination of the Williams computer simulation shown on September My graphs showed that when superimposing the traces of the real telemetry onto those of the simulation there was a temporal difference of 1.
Regarding Tamburello, the responses in the sim do not relate to those of Senna. The simulation captures only the course of the vehicle, not the corrections made by the driver.
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The steering wheel is not in relationship with the angle of the steering wheel in the program. The relationship between the steering trajectory and the steering wheel is not comparable due to the unstable track surface.
A phenomenon which happened only once but which, for Williams, is the reason that Senna left the track.
The temporal difference in the telemetry real-simulation is of 1. It is impossible to quantify the angle of the steering applied by the driver by looking at the yellow button on the steering wheel. Georgio Poggi, circuit manager, was not well enough to attend. State prosecutor, Maurizio Passarini, maintains Senna's accident was initially caused by steering column failure, the secondary cause being his inability to brake sufficiently, this was caused by the raised edge of the track -- which prohibited the car's wheels from gripping the surface.
The first testimony came from Bruynseraede who granted the license to the Imola circuit in He stated that he had made an inspection of the track two months prior to the race, and those responsible for the circuit had always observed any demands made to improve safety -- which the FIA can make after each GP -- for the year following. The last track inspection was made on the Wednesday preceding the race and nothing was found to cause concern.