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

Apr 21, 2020

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!


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

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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

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

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

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Eddie Cheever, Arrows A10B Megatron

Eddie Cheever, Arrows A10B Megatron

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

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

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Fans of Ayrton Senna

Fans of Ayrton Senna

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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

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Andreas De Ceraris, Rial ACR1 Ford V8

Andreas De Ceraris, Rial ACR1 Ford V8

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Nelson Piquet, Lotus 100T-Honda

Nelson Piquet, Lotus 100T-Honda

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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

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Alex Caffi, Dallara Ford

Alex Caffi, Dallara Ford

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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

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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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