After doing another pole position – the tenth in Formula 1 – Ayrton Senna took a deep breath before answering to the first question at the post qualifying press conference:
“Favorite? I don’t think there’s such a thing in a grid like this.”
He was referring to his adversaries like Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, Michele Alboreto and Keke Rosberg, all in extremely fast cars and ready and waiting in the first rows of the starting grid in Ímola.
And, from the start of the race on Sunday, he had to really battle to keep his car in the front positions on the track, until his left front wheel bearing broke, taking him out of the race in the 11th lap.
Up to then, a variety of battles involving Piquet (Williams), Gerhard Berger (Benetton), Stefan Johansson (Ferrari) and Alain Prost (McLaren) had ensured a great show.
Luck, in the end, was on the side of the French driver, who was the winner of the San Marino Grand Prix. Ayrton Senna had an entire season in front of him to think about.
SAN MARINO GP
E. de Angelis
A. de Cesaris
final position (retired on lap 11)
position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
I noticed that there was something off right at the beginning of the race. I had to stop.