Held over 69 laps of the 4.4km Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit (for a total race distance of 305km), it wasn’t until the twilight hour that things really started getting interesting. With 15 laps to go, Alain Prost took second from Nigel Mansell and aligned his sights on Ayrton Senna, who by this point was beginning to slow with tyre problems.
Senna’s gamble to not stop for fresh rubber cost him his 100th race. After being overtaken by reigning World Champion Prost on lap 60, three laps later the Brazilian’s tyre exploded, forcing him to retire.
Meanwhile, Mansell spun off the circuit soon after overtaking Senna, but without touching the wall he returned to the race. With Prost on target for the title, the battle for second place raged on between Mansell and Gerhard Berger, before the Brit pulled an incredible 190mph overtake into the Peraltada corner.
This incredible vintage footage, complete with grainy onboard angles, is an amazing reminder of what was arguably one of the greatest finishes to any Grand Prix…
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