The Spanish Formula One GP s scheduled for the next weekend in Barcelona, where one of the most iconic scenes in the history of motor sports took place in 1993. On that Grand Prix, exactly 28 years ago, three of the best drivers ever were gathered at the race’s podium: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher.
It was the first and only time the three of them shared a podium. Put together, the three multiple time champions won 14 world titles over the course of their careers and took part in amazing duels – like in that race in Spain, even though Senna’s car was 80 HP less powerful than Schumacher’s Benetton and was also inferior to Prost’s Williams.
The Brazilian was able to put his McLaren on the second row of the starting grid, in third place, right behind the Williams duo – Prost in the pole position and Damon Hill in second place. Without ever putting the Frenchman’s win at risk, Senna managed to score a second-place finish, after Hill had problems with his Williams. Schumacher finished the race in third place.
The result put that year’s favorite to win, Prost, at the top of the standings. But Senna wasn’t far behind, after masterful performances at Interlagos and Donington Park, where the rain compensated for his equipment’s shortcomings. The Brazilian was looking forward to the following GP, in Monaco, where even his rival knew he would be trouble – like he said in the post-race press conference.
Meanwhile, the German driver, who had made his F1 debut in 1991, had made to the podium for the third time in five races in 1993, with his Benetton. Seven years later, Schumacher got emotional after matching Senna’s total number of victories in the main category of worldwide motor sports. At the 2000 Italian GP, the driver – now at Ferrari – cried during the press conference when talking about the Brazilian driver and the feat he had just achieved.
In the vídeo, right after Schumacher says, “This means a lot to me. I’m sorry…”, he is consoled by Mika Hakkinen, Senna’s former teammate at McLaren in 1993, and Ralf Schumacher, Michael’s brother.
Check out a few stats about the races in which Prost, Senna and Schumacher shared the track:
Grands Prix: 22*
Wins: Senna 7, Prost 7 and Schumacher 1
Podium-finishes: Prost 14, Senna 12 and Schumacher 9
Points: Prost 112, Senna 108 and Schumacher 56