The day they learned the name Senna

The day they learned the name Senna

It might only have been a celebrity race in Mercedes saloons, but the 1984 Nurburgring inauguration provided one of the greatest grids of all time. And the then little-known Ayrton Senna won. ADAM COOPER talks to those involved

Thirty years ago this week Ayrton Senna announced his arrival as a star of the future - and at the same time kickstarted his complex relationship with Alain Prost, the man with whom his name would be inextricably linked for the next decade.

It happened not at a grand prix but a race for Mercedes saloons, a one-off event that featured perhaps the most star-studded grid ever assembled. The field included nine past world champions, and in Senna and Prost two men who would claim the crown in the future.

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