On This Day: Senna Wins First F1 Title

On this day in 1988 Ayrton Senna secured the first of his three world titles in four years, winning the Japanese Grand Prix despite almost stalling on the grid – “proof,” wrote Alan Henry, “that really great driving talents can salvage a top-class result from a potentially dangerous situation”. Behind Senna and, equally inevitably, team-mate Alain Prost, there was no shortage of drama. Nigel Mansell collided with Derek Warwick and then Nelson Piquet, while Andrea de Cesaris “launched an unprovoked attack on Aguri Suzuki after he found the Japanese rookie interfering in his own private battle against one of the Marchs”.