There was a rumor circulating behind the scenes, in Monza, that Ayrton Senna was in negotiations with Ferrari to replace Nigel Mansell the following . The only sure thing, however, was that the forthcoming duel between Ferrari and McLaren was going to be epic. There was no favorite to win.
In the qualifying sessions, the teams alternated in the first two rows: Ayrton Senna did the pole position, next to Alain Prost. Berger and Mansell started in the second row. After the start, Ayrton Senna was quicker and walked away with another “grand chelem”, by scoring the pole-position, the fastest lap and the victory – holding the first position from start to finish.
Despite a heated dispute, the first four cars finished the race in the same order they started it, with Prost in second place, Berger in third and Mansell in fourth.
At the start, McLaren’s Austrian driver overtook the Frenchman, while the Brazilian held on to the lead. Berger tried to catch up to Senna, but Berger’s aggressive style, with sudden brakings and constant use of the chicanes, took a toll on his McLaren’s performance. Senna, meanwhile, opted for a smoother pace and was faster when exiting corners.
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I’ll remain in the fight for the championship title until the final race of the season.