Rain Qualifying Mixes Up Grid, McLaren Still 1-2


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Nicola Larini fighting against Brendon Cassidy was just one of the unusual battles the unique grid enabled us to see.

Wet races mean chaos, that is a universally accepted fact in Formula One. The same applies for qualifying, both Friday and Saturday were complete washouts, leaving a rather unexpected grid, featuring such surprises as two Ligiers in the top 5 and an Osella in P8. Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler and Alain Prost, the French title rivals, were far down the order.

With the race itself being quite dry, at least they had a possibility to fight their back up their order and they did so successfully. Whilst the backmarkers, hoping for their shot to get valueable price money and points, fought extremely hard, they kept it fair and that enabled McLaren and Ferrari to take their spots at the top back in the end.

McLaren’s current chassis is simply too powerful to be stopped: nobody could contain the skills of Voeckler and Berger, as they fought their way back to the top. Ayrton Senna, the man who got the pole in the wet qualifying sessions, was looking good to battle the two drivers. Unfortunately, technology ruined his race: engine failure for him.

Nigel Mansell gave the British fans something to smile about by staying ahead of a charging Prost to secure a podium for Williams-Honda. Chris Dagnall and Brendon Cassidy drove well and got their team another three points. Their engine supplier, Zakspeed, had their works team behind them, looking strong all throughout the race.


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Fastest Lap:

Alain Prost – 1:11.896

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Nicola Larini – Being in the top 10 on merit in an Osella is simply amazing stuff.

Reject Of The Race:

Ligier-Judd – When you start second and fifth, having technical issues on both cars is precisely what you do not need.