Problems continued on in Monaco. Nigel Mansell had won every race, starting at the pole-position, and Ayrton Senna, as hard as he tried, couldn’t keep up with the Williams at the free practice and qualifying sessions. With his FW14b “from out of this world” the Briton scored an incredible 1min19s495 lap, 1s1 faster than Ayrton, who started the race in third.
Senna wasn’t thrilled with his position, but he had a plan to beat Patrese at the start and, calling upon his experience of having four prior victories on the Monte Carlo circuit, put pressure on Mansell.
His strategy was to start strong and jump ahead of Patrese. Despite starting in third place, he had the advantage of being on the inside on the track’s first corner, the Saint Devote. At the green light, the Brazilian put his plan into practice: even without a great start he managed to overtake the Williams’ Italian driver thanks to his positioning on the track.
“To be honest, I could have passed Mansell as well at the braking point. I lacked the nerve. I never thought they would brake so early into the corner, so I only tried to pass Patrese.”
A. de Cesaris
Championship position after the race
Points added to the Championship
“I revived things with my fifth win in Monaco, however, this car is still quite inferior to Williams’ car. But it made me feel good to tame the Lion.”