the pilots have a fetish circuit : Silvertsone for MANSELL,
SPA for PROST, Monza for ALESI. SENNA's was MONACO. Nobody
could ever complete with him on this so particular line.
Everything started on a rainy day in 1984. Ayrton did not
knowthe line; he had not raced it with a F3. Whatever, the
Brazilian does not worry about the big rain drops falling
during the race. He is twirling around, just like Jesus
walking on the water, Senna writes one of the first pages
of his brilliant career. Gone 13 on the line, he catches
again his adversaries little by little. Siwth on the ninth
tour, he is second on the ninetinth. He is flirting with
the rails but he does not touch them. He catches up with
Prost who was first then(3 seconds each tour). Unluckily,
Jacky ICKX put an end to this recovery thus depriving Ayrton
of his first victory.
On the next year, Senna who is with Lotus holds the pole
position but has to abandon the race. It was no big deal
! In 1987, Ayrton takes his revenge. Qualified second,
he is next to MANSELL with whom he does not get along with.
The confrontation won't last long since the British gives
is thus alone at the head. No one can stop him. He is on
the way to the first sucess in Monaco which has just given
birth to a new prince.
will be the year of the best qualification of the Brazilian
but also his most terrible frustration. Ayrton is running
for Mclaren are above the others. But during the qualification
Ayrton is alone in the world. He inflicts a gap of one second
on his team mate. Senna cannot stop and maintains his pole
position lap after lap. Unluckily, in spite of a fifty-second
advance on Alain PROST, he looses his concentration when
hearing Ron Dennis on the radio.
Ayrton ends up
in the rail, taken away by his spirit, he has to give up
victory just before the tunnel. Ayrton had a terrible grudge
against himself to have let go such a victory. But he learnt
a lesson and stengthened his psychological force. Mentally
he will be more performant.
the rivalry between the two men went worse leading the two
men to hate each other. As usual, Ayrton gets the pole position
during the tries thus making ridiculous the others competitors.
During the race, he will impose himself but hardly because
he lost two gears : the first and the second which is quite
a problem in Monaco. but the victory is even more beautiful.
his quarrels with the FIA, Ayrton is back on this favourite
circuit. In Monaco, he feels at home. There will be two
depatures but AYrton remains calm : once more he is unbeatable
and he gains his third victory in the principality.
: Ayrton has already won
three times in Monaco and he is very confident about this
he won the first thee races of the championship occupying
again the pole position, he knows that the victory is fifty
percent on its way. He was right. It was his fourth victory
in the principality including three in a row.
1992 : This seems to be a difficult year for the
Brazilian. Indeed, Williams Renault with Mansell is stronger.
Ayrton is deeply disapointed of his white and red single-seater.
Only qualified in third position, he knows that the victory
will be difficult. He is at that moment behind the pole
position with more than a second delay, behind the two WILLIAMS.
Miracles do not exist and Ayrton, in spite of his second
position behind Mansell, has lost all illusions to win this
race. However, at the 70 th lap, Mansell goes back to the
stands sure that he's got a flat tyre. By the time, he has
had his tyres changed, Ayrton passed and won his fifth victory
in Monaco. In spite of the repeated assaults of Mansell
to regain the first position, he did not let himself get
In 1993, Ayrton does not have the absolute weapon
any longer. Honda stopped providing Mclaren with its engines
and Ford which replaced them with a modest V8. However the
beginning of the season has troubled the spirits. Although
the championship is promised to Prost and his WILLIAMS,
Ayrton wins in Sao Paulo and in Donington. In Monaco, he
is very confident. After 5 victories and 4 in a row. May
be too confident, Ayrton makes a mistake during the free
tries. He will only get the third time after PROST and SCHUMACHER.
robs the departure and SCHUMACHER takes the head before
SENNA. The German gives up at the 32 th tour.
is on his way to legend and obtains his sisth victory, absolute
how many more victories would Magic SENNA have won if he
could have crried on his wonderful career?
TEXT : STÉPHANE GAUTHIER
TRADUCTION : FRANCOISE