The race on the Adelaide circuit was Senna’s first as world champion.
To celebrate, he won pole position, and closed out the year having started 13 times in the most privileged position on the grid.
He headed a respectable row of drivers: Alain Prost (McLaren), Nigel Mansell (Williams), Gerhard Berger (Ferrari), Nelson Piquet (Lotus) and Riccardo Patrese (Williams).
The McLaren drivers had a tough race for 13 laps until they got past by Gerhard Berger, who had set himself up for the victory. That is, until he tried to overtake the French driver René Arnoux (Ligier) and threw his Ferrari off the track.
Everything returned to normal on lap 35, with the McLaren duo in the lead. Prost won, forming the final podium of the year with the 1988 champion, Ayrton Senna and the 1997 champion, Nelson Piquet.
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position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
It was a difficult race, but it doesn’t matter now. The season is over.