Ayrton Senna was already world champion, but he wasn’t interested in just parading around the Adelaide circuit. He won the pole position in the qualifying sessions. It was the 60th pole position in his career. Gerhard Berger, his teammate, joined him in the first row, three tenths of a second behind him. The vice-champion, Nigel Mansell, started in third. Patrese, driving the other Williams, was in the fourth position.
Ayrton had an extra challenge, in the race (besides winning, of course): helping McLaren win the constructors championship, then led by Williams , 11 points ahead. Each point would count, in Adelaide.
“I didn’t come here to commemorate my third championship win, I came here to do my best. The season only ends after this Grand Prix.”
A seemingly quiet weekend – since the drivers’ championship had been decided a week earlier – was rocked by hot news behind the scenes. Alain Prost had left Ferrari even before the Australian Grand Prix. Gianni Morbidelli, the Italian team’s test-driver, took the Frenchman’s place, who was planning to take a year off in 1992.
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position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated