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How Senna’s first title year began with a black flag in Brazil

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Apr 3, 2020, 7:16 PM

Ayrton Senna won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1988, but as our video above explains, his title campaign got off to a terrible start when he was disqualified from his home race!

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Ayrton Senna, McLaren, Ron Dennis, Mclaren Chief Executive

Ayrton Senna, McLaren, Ron Dennis, Mclaren Chief Executive
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Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4/4 Honda, Jo Ramirez

Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4/4 Honda, Jo Ramirez
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The cars leave the starting grid without Senna

The cars leave the starting grid without Senna
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Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/4 Honda, leads Nigel Mansell, Williams FW12 Judd, Gerhard Berger, Ferrari F187/88C

Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/4 Honda, leads Nigel Mansell, Williams FW12 Judd, Gerhard Berger, Ferrari F187/88C
4/20

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Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4-4 Honda, joins race in spare car

Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4-4 Honda, joins race in spare car
5/20

Photo by: Rainer W. Schlegelmilch

Nelson Piquet, Lotus 100T Honda V6, Michele Alboreto, Ferrari, Riccardo Patrese, Williams

Nelson Piquet, Lotus 100T Honda V6, Michele Alboreto, Ferrari, Riccardo Patrese, Williams
6/20

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Eddie Cheever, Arrows A10B Megatron

Eddie Cheever, Arrows A10B Megatron
7/20

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Thierry Boutsen, Benetton B188 Ford, Gabriele Tarquini, Coloni FC188 Ford

Thierry Boutsen, Benetton B188 Ford, Gabriele Tarquini, Coloni FC188 Ford
8/20

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Fans of Ayrton Senna

Fans of Ayrton Senna
9/20

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Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4/4 Honda is black flagged

Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4/4 Honda is black flagged
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Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4/4 Honda, DQ, on the pit gantry with Gordon Murray and Ron Dennis

Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4/4 Honda, DQ, on the pit gantry with Gordon Murray and Ron Dennis
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Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/4

Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/4
12/20

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Andreas De Ceraris, Rial ACR1 Ford V8

Andreas De Ceraris, Rial ACR1 Ford V8
13/20

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Nelson Piquet, Lotus 100T-Honda

Nelson Piquet, Lotus 100T-Honda
14/20

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Nelson Piquet, Lotus 100T Honda, Michele Alboreto, Ferrari F1/87-88C

Nelson Piquet, Lotus 100T Honda, Michele Alboreto, Ferrari F1/87-88C
15/20

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Alex Caffi, Dallara Ford

Alex Caffi, Dallara Ford
16/20

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Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/4, takes the chequered flag

Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/4, takes the chequered flag
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Race winner Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/4 parks his car on the start and finish straight

Race winner Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/4 parks his car on the start and finish straight
18/20

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Podium: race winner Alain Prost, second place Gerhard Berger, third place Nelson Piquet

Podium: race winner Alain Prost, second place Gerhard Berger, third place Nelson Piquet
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Nigel Mansell, Williams FW12-Judd, Patrick Head, Frank Dernie

Nigel Mansell, Williams FW12-Judd, Patrick Head, Frank Dernie
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Series Formula 1
Event Brazilian GP
Drivers Ayrton Senna Shop Now
Teams McLaren Shop Now
Author Charles Bradley