One of the main landmarks in Detroit – the so-called Motor City – used to be a giant billboard which counted every automobile manufactured there. On Sunday, at 1:00 PM, 2,585,257 automobiles had left the factories for large North American assembly yards.
The main challenge for drivers at the street circuit was dealing with the wavy pavement, famous for breaking suspensions and even damaging tires. Senna had won the previous Sunday, in Montreal, which put him back in contention for the title, since Prost’s lead was still at 15 points.
“Here in Detroit, you can`t make the slightest mistake. In Monaco, you can slip up a couple times – you can touch the guard-rail for instance. Here, you can`t. There are very few places with guard-rails, and if you make a mistake, you end up crashing with the concrete barrier”, said Senna.
In the previous seasons, despite driving a worse car than the McLarens, Ayrton won the Detroit Grand Prix in 1986 and 1987. So, he was the odds-on favorite to win that weekend, thanks to the skills he had already displayed at other street circuits, much to the competition’s despair.
A. de Cesaris
position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
In Detroit, you race against the heat and against the walls.