THAT MONACO LAP

Top Gear (Malaysia) - - McLaren Senna -

“I was al­ready on pole, then by half a sec­ond and then one sec­ond and I just kept go­ing. Sud­denly I was nearly two sec­onds faster than any­body else, in­clud­ing my team mate with the same car. And sud­denly I re­alised that I was no longer driv­ing the car con­sciously. I was driv­ing it by a kind of in­stinct, only I was in a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion... I was way over the limit, but still able to find even more.” Ayr­ton Senna took pole at Monaco in 1988 by 1.427secs from Alain Prost – a life­time in F1 terms. He later said: “That was the max­i­mum for me. I never re­ally reached that feel­ing again.” Nor could he tone it down dur­ing the race. He crashed on lap 67.

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