The 1988 Monaco Grand Prix

50 Years Of F1

Monaco 1988. Saturday qualifying and Senna is on pole by an incredible 1.427s from team-mate Prost. “I realised that I was well over something conscious,” said Senna of his lap. “I had the feeling that I was in a tunnel; I was going-going-going and within the physical limit of the circuit. I slowed down, as I was vulnerable for extending my own limits and the car’s limits.”

He did exactly that the next day. After rounding Portier 66 times without any problem, Senna brushed the barrier at the right-hander and handed the race win to team-mate. Uncontrollable with rage he went straight to his apartment and refused to come out.

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