WHEN: APRIL 11, 1993 WHERE: DON­ING­TON WIN­NER: AYR­TON SENNA (MCLAREN-FORD)

Motor Sport News - - British Grand Prix -

Yes, it may not have been strictly a Bri­tish Grand Prix, but no list of the top 10 grands prix which I have at­tended would be com­plete with­out the European Grand Prix at Don­ing­ton Park.

Com­men­tat­ing on that open­ing lap re­mains as vivid now as it was 23 years ago. In the less pow­er­ful Mclaren-ford MP4/8 by com­par­i­son with the Wil­liams-re­nault FW15CS of Alain Prost and Damon Hill, Ayr­ton Senna had only qual­i­fied fourth de­spite some ‘on the edge’ driv­ing in the dry on Satur­day.

The rain was back on Sun­day with a vengeance. Fifth into Redgate be­hind Michael Schu­macher’s Benet­ton-ford B193B and Karl Wendlinger’s Sauber-il­mor C12, Ayr­ton passed Michael on the way out of the first cor­ner and then ran round the out­side of the Sauber through the Craner Curves. Into Mcleans, the Mclaren passed Damon to slot in be­hind Alain. Through the Esses, clearly vis­i­ble from the com­men­tary box, Ayr­ton came from way back to out-brake Alain into the Mel­bourne Hair­pin. By the end of the lap, one cor­ner later, Ayr­ton al­ready led by 0.6s and pro­ceeded to put on a mes­meric dis­play of his ge­nius for the next 1h 45m, in­ter­rupted by pit stops. Only Damon was on the same lap by the end. Of many other high­lights, Johnny Her­bert in the Lo­tus-ford 107B stood out, fin­ish­ing fourth af­ter chang­ing to slicks very early and stick­ing with them to the end.

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