The final chapter in the fight for the championship title took place on the Suzuka circuit in Japan. Ayrton Senna got there with 60 “valid” points (only the best 11 results counted): he had won six times in the season. Prost had won only four races, but had 76 points. The Frenchman had a more consistent season with six 2nd place finishes, while Senna had retired from five races. That meant Senna needed to close a 16-point gap. He needed a win and was also hoping for mistakes on the part of his teammate.
Ayrton did his part in the qualifying sessions. He got the pole position with a time of 1min38sec04, almost two full seconds ahead of the Frenchman –an eternity in Formula 1 terms. At the start, Prost had more grip and made the first corner ahead of the pack, followed by Senna. For more than 40 laps, the distance between them was practically negligible. It was a race apart from the other drivers, as the whole season had been. Prost changed his tires 21 laps in. Senna took the lead for three laps. After the Brazilian’s pit-stop, the Frenchman regained his lead.
A. de Cesaris
final position (desclassified)
position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
The provisional results of this race neither reflect a true race nor the spirit of sportsmanship, nor the following of regulations. I would say it’s an embarrassment to the sport.