Germans were ecstatic with Michael Schumacher’s (Benetton) quick rise in F1, and tickets were 3expected to sell ou at Hockenheim. The country was still recovering from the end of the Cold war, and in need of a sports idol – especially in motor sports, considering a German driver hadn’t won an F1 race since the ‘70s.
Nigel Mansell led the tournament by a comfortable margin, with 76 points, while Riccardo Patrese, his Williams teammate, had 40. Schumacher was in third, with 29, while Gerhard Berger h ar 20 points and Senna just 18.
The Brazilian was having the most challenging season in his career, dealing with the fact that his Hond engine wasn’t the best anymore. Up until the German GP, the championship’s tenth race, Senna had climbed on the podium three times – one of them after a historic win in Monaco, the year’s sixth race. After the triumph in the Principality, Ayrton had retired three times – twice due to electronic issues and once after being hit by Schumacher.
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position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
I knew the risks, but it was my only chance at coming in second. Unfortunately, it was the best I could do.