Last updated on January 16th, 2021 at 05:48 pm
With Simraceway moving McLaren’s MP4/4 Formula One car of 1988 to its open-to-all Events section, it just had to be taken for a run at Donington Park!
The men, the machine…
Both the #11 Alain Prost and #12 Ayrton Senna MP4/4s feature, with this recorded run being in – what else at Donington?! – Senna’s #12 car.
Moving away from memories of Senna’s 1993 speed and race-winning tactical decisions for the European Grand Prix, 1988 saw Ayrton arrive at McLaren after driving for Lotus. He joined the then double world champion and fans truly started to witness one of the most exhilarating and competitive rivalries the sport has known.
Thanks to an incredible engineering package and two immensely talented pilots at the wheel, the McLaren MP4/4 found itself basically unrivalled. Beyond the sole exception of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza that was won by Gerhard Berger (Senna and Prost were first and second to Berger’s third place in Qualifying), one or other of the drivers would win each race – the same-team rival usually reaching the second place on the podium!
Senna would win the championship in 1988, his first of three. As the Brazilian remained alongside Prost at McLaren in the following year, despite a series of retirements, the immense competition between the team-mates would continue in 1989. That year, however, it was Prost that would once again become World Champion before his departure for Ferrari in 1990.
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