Coming from a big win in Belgium, Ayrton Senna arrived at the Brands Hatch circuit in England as a favorite, even though the race conditions did not favor his Lotus.
After three podium finishes in a row (Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, and Belgium), Ayrton wanted to be among the top three again to establish one of the best results at the beginning of his Formula 1 career.
There was a void at the starting grid of that weekend in England in the shape of Niki Lauda. The Austrian was having a troubled season and was forced to see his teammate, Alain Prost, lead the championship 16 points ahead of Ferrari’s Michele Alboreto.
This time, Lauda was absent even from the practice sessions due to pain in the wrist he had injured in the previous race. His McLaren replacement was John Watson, a driver who had retired from Formula 1 two years before and was coming back exclusively for a goodbye of sorts.
E. de Angelis
position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
My performance during the race was good nut Nigel Mansell deserved the win. He was much faster than me.