AUG 24th 2015
Video: Senna's first win at Spa ‑ in his own words
Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps saw Lewis Hamilton extend his massive championship lead as well as trouble the keepers of the record books on two matters: He grabbed his sixth consecutive pole position of the season (the first time this has been done in a single season since Mika Hakkinen in 1999) and also equalled his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna‘s haul of 80 podium finishes.
Despite a threat of rain, Hamilton was to be denied the opportunity to shine in greasy conditions at Spa like the great Brazilian, which caused us to cast our minds back to 1985 and Senna’s first win there. However, we didn’t expect to find footage – not only of the race – but with the boy from São Paulo himself providing the commentary!
The race took place without defending world champion Niki Lauda who’d damaged his wrist in a nasty practice session where the throttle had become stuck open on his McLaren and slammed the car into a guardrail. As such and despite stiff competition in qualifying from Senna, Alain Prost took pole although his start wasn’t the best and both Senna and Piquet shot past. With commentary available from the man himself it seems a bit pointless to explain further how things panned out on that rainy day in 1985, so we’ll leave you to take in Senna’s own description.
What we would point out though is Senna’s amusement at Ferrari’s ill fortune, Mansell‘s dogged pursuit and the warm mutual congratulations between the two at the finish, with Prost having departed by then despite relations between the pair yet to break down as spectacularly as they did a few years later.
The clip is only around five minutes long but, like us, you might want to set aside twice that amount of time so as to watch it twice. We did.