Ayrton Senna’s probable move to Lotus was the talk of the town at the Dutch Grand Prix in 1984. Senna had been courted by several teams, including Williams, Tyrrell, Brabham, Lotus, and McLaren, but he had finally made his decision. He was not supposed to announce his decision until he had informed his current team, Toleman, but Lotus could not contain their excitement and leaked the news.
On Saturday, after qualifying in 13th place, Senna was disappointed with his performance. However, the reporters were more interested in his plans for the future. Senna joked with them, pretending to give a speech about winning the pole position.
When the reporters asked him about his decision to join Lotus, Senna refused to comment. He did not even imagine that the leaked news would lead to his suspension from the next race in Italy.
The Dutch GP ended with Alain Prost and Niki Lauda winning for McLaren and Nigel Mansell securing third place in his Lotus. On the other hand, Ayrton retired from the race on the 19th lap after the Hart engine of his Toleman broke down.
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final position (retired on lap 19)
position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated