There was a lot of expectations surrounding the 1990 Brazilian Grand Prix, especially due to the Interlagos circuit return to F1. The country’s main racetrack had spent ten years out of the category’s official calendar. Between 1981 and 1989, the races took place at Rio de Janeiro’s Jacarepaguá, where victory seemed to slip between Senna’s fingers.
Born in São Paulo, Senna was driving at home, and he kept a close eye on the renovation of the track, which was renamed Autódromo José Carlos Pace in 1990, after the firs Brazilian driver to ever win a Formula One race in his home-country. One of the modifications was the inclusion of the “Senna S”, tight after the main straight, doing away with the track’s longest stretch. The redesign shortened the track from 7,960 meters to 4,325. New pit-boxes were built, as well as a new control tower, but several mounds of dirt and sand made clear the work had just been concluded.
After his first win of the season, on the streets of Phoenix (USA), Ayrton Senna was the odds-on favorite for the Brazilian GP. Before the start of the practice sessions, he refused to take part in the track’s reopening ceremony, in which a commemorative plaque was unveiled. The McLaren driver was focused on winning for the first time in his own country.
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“I believe that Nakajima already did.” (responding ironically about the confusion surrounding the inauguration of a plaque in the autodrome, and remembering the accident during the race).