Ayrton Senna’s arrival at the European Grand Prix in 1984 with Bell’s palsy caused concern among fans and the media. The condition, which affects the facial nerve, had paralyzed part of Senna’s face, making it difficult for him to blink and speak.
Despite his physical limitations, Senna refused to give up on competing in the race. He qualified in 10th place and finished the race in 6th place. His performance was impressive, considering that he was not in his best physical condition.
At the time, Ayrton didn’t complain about the 12th position he got for the grid because the sightseeing part of that particular Grand Prix was almost as appealing as the race itself.
His participation in that race basically ended there, leaving him time for a walk through the pleasant German black forest.
The driver started well and gained three positions early on, but was one of seven drivers involved in a multi-car accident at the third corner and returned early to the pits with Keke Rosberg (Williams), Gerhard Berger (ATS), and Marc Surer (Arrows).
Ayrton Senna, from that moment on, began to prepare for his last race with Toleman.
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final position (retired on lap 1)
position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
best lap (did not finish)