The German Grand Prix promised to follow the same script as the British one, in which Senna had taken advantage of the rain to wow audiences with his McLaren, two weeks prior. Alain Prost was leading the championship, six points ahead of his teammate (54 to 48). Therefore, Senna needed a victory to start the next GP on equal footing. On the week before the race, drivers had practice sessions at Hockenheim, and Ayrton was pleased with his performance. After driving for almost 900 km in two days, on dry and wet track, he was 2s64 quicker than second-best Thierry Boutsen, with his Benetton. It was a huge advantage, which made the Brazilian even more confident when it came to the official time trials. A little before getting into his car for the qualifying rounds, Senna saw Steve Nichols, his car’s engineer, looking up at the sky and joked:
“Be careful or you might strain your neck.”
A. de Cesaris
position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
I spent most of the race trying to maintain a solid lead on Alain Prost. It was hard because my car had been set up for a dry track.