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24 de marzo de 2014

Winning in the rain... and in Life!


Ayrton Senna - Donington Park, 1993

Fraser Masefield
August 24, 2010

With wet weather the true litmus test of separating the good from the great, we look back at some of the greatest drives in the most testing conditions

Ayrton Senna - Donington Park, 1993

After driving arguably the greatest lap ever in Formula One history, Senna underlined his mastery of the wet at Donington Park. It was no surprise to see the Williams duo of Alain Prost and Damon Hill occupy the front row after a dry qualifying Saturday with Michael Schumacher third ahead of Senna's less powerful McLaren-Cosworth. But it was a different story on race day as Prost led Hill away in the pouring rain. Schumacher blocked Senna, allowing Karl Wendlinger to jump the pair up to third so Senna found himself back in fifth. What followed has gone down in F1 folklore. Schumacher was his first victim, Senna passing at the exit of Redgate Corner. He then passed Wendlinger through the Craner Curves to move up to third when he arrived at the Old Hairpin. As the leaders climbed the hill he closed on Damon Hill, slithering past at Coppice Corner. And by the time Prost reached the Melbourne Hairpin, Senna was right behind his old rival and dived down the inside. Amazingly, by the end of the opening lap, he was ahead. Intermittent rain for the remainder of the race led to a melee of pit stops for wet and dry tyres but Senna twice gambled to stay on slicks longer than his rivals, enough to give him victory from Hill and Prost.
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