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Prost v Senna, Suzuka '89: Malice in Hondaland
From the Autosport magazine archive, this is the full race report from the October 26 issue in 1989, when the F1 World Championship was decided after Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna collided, leading to a surprise victory for Benetton's Alessandro Nannini – but only after the stewards had intervened...
Alain Prost is World Champion. Or was, for a few minutes at Suzuka on Sunday evening. In their penultimate race as team-mates, he and Ayrton Senna finally tangled; and in extraordinary circumstances the Brazilian, despite the delay, went on to ‘win’ the race, only to be swiftly disqualified. That left victory to Sandro Nannini. But then McLaren appealed against the decision on Senna.
All the gloomy predictions of wet days at Suzuka were dismissed finally on race morning. There was not the heat of Friday, nor the blue skies, but the day was warm enough, dry. Perfect for a day of reckoning, with no wild card in the elements.
The unrelenting grasp of the tax man prompts most racing drivers to move to the likes of Monaco, Switzerland or Dubai. But, as Oleg Karpov found out, Kevin Magnussen is quite happy where he is, thank you very much – at home, with his family, in Denmark
OPINION: Sergio Perez’s Singapore triumph arrested a big decline in his Formula 1 performances against Max Verstappen at Red Bull since his Monaco win. He now needs to maintain his form to the season’s end, while others are also seeking a change in fortunes.
OPINION: On Wednesday, the FIA will issue F1 teams with compliance certificates if they stuck to the 2021 budget cap. But amid rumours of overspending, the governing body must set a critical precedent. It needs to carefully pick between revisiting the bitterness of Abu Dhabi, a contradictory punishment and ensuring parity for the rest of the ground-effect era
A testing return to the Singapore Grand Prix in tricky conditions created plenty of hazards and mistakes for the Formula 1 drivers to fall into. That partly explains a number of low scores, including from a handful of high profile runners, allowing others to take a starring role under the floodlights
In a marathon Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Sergio Perez’s victory was only assured hours after the race due to a stewards investigation. Throughout the contest the Red Bull driver impressively held off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in changing conditions to see the Mexican pull out enough of an advantage to negate his post-race penalty
The Australian rising star is fast, consistent, confident, adaptable and has shown excellent racecraft, but there’s already a taint to his reputation. That hasn’t stopped him becoming the hottest property in this year’s F1 driver market and why McLaren moved fast to snap up the 21-year-old
Formula 1's incoming engine rules shake-up has multiple targets. But it may also solve what has been a bone of contention since the hybrids arrived in 2014. The new plan will allow the series to pump up the volume
Nyck de Vries appeared to have missed his opportunity to break into Formula 1 as he was passed over for more exciting talents who have now become frontrunners and title fighters. But after catching the eye outside of the F1 sphere, before his stunning impromptu grand prix debut in Italy, will it lead to a delayed full-time race seat?
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