The reference of the new McLaren with a Ford engine is MP4/8(A). Ayrton Senna has doubts but eventually agrees to stay with McLaren. He wins two of the first five Grand Prix including a stellar victory at Donington Park.
For the sixth Grand Prix of the season in Monaco, the MP4/8 number 6 is attributed to Senna. He knows this difficult circuit where he previously won five times, sharing the prestigious record of Graham Hill.
McLaren no longer has the best car but the skill of its development team to exploit to the extreme the tolerances of the regulations, combined with Senna's legendary motivation, makes it possible to compete with Williams.
During the free practice the McLaren spins at 160 km/h. Senna is safe thanks to the secure design of the McLaren cockpit. The accident was generated by an error in an automatic instruction within the new active suspension. At such a high level, driving is a continuous re-learning even for a pilot as experienced as Senna.
Senna knew to comment on his psychic states. He was very scared. The accident took place on Thursday. Senna continues with the same car that has not been damaged. On Sunday he had mentally integrated the consequences of the accident and wins for the sixth time in his career the Monaco Grand Prix.
He drives the car in six further Grand Prix but without a win. Alain Prost is the 1993 world champion with Williams-Renault.
The MP4/8A-6 has remained authentic including the engine and gearbox of its victory in Monaco. It returns to the Principality to be sold on May 11 by Bonhams, lot 119.
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