Even with three consecutive wins in Monaco and already a three-time F1 world champion, Ayrton Senna arrived in the Principality, in 1992, as a dark horse. The Williams belonging to Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese were much faster than the Brazilian’s McLaren, who had to settle for a third place at the starting grid, after posting a qualifying time 1s1 slower than the Lion’s.
Senna’s strategy to keep his hopes of winning alive was to overtake Patrese before the first corner. Starting on the inside, the Brazilian knew he would have the chance to pass the Italian. So, he made a daring start and was able to pull off the maneuver before the first corner of the circuit, Saint-Devote, was over.
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