Canadian Grand Prix – 1993

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Ayrton Senna didn’t foresee victory in Canada, despite his great wins that season.

“Podium, there’s no way.”

He was greatly disappointed with the Ford engine. Without sufficient power, he was only able to place eighth on the starting grid. He hadn’t been in this position since 1987, when he drove a Lotus.

As there was no other solution, he set out for battle. He was motivated to set out and give it his all. He passed Martin Brundle (Ligier), Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger (Ferrari), Riccardo Patrese and Michael Schumacher (Benetton) and set his sights on Williams.

In a smart move, Alain Prost and Damon Hill traded positions and quickened their pace. The Frenchman won once again. Senna retired seven laps to the end and roared:

“Second place would have guaranteed me the lead for the championship title and I had even begun to dream about it. But at F1, to dream, one would first need equipment and mine has left me walking on the track.”

Race Summary

  • 1 A. Prost
  • 2 D. Hill
  • 3 M. Schumacher
  • 4 R. Patrese
  • 5 G. Berger
  • 6 J. Alesi
  • 7 M. Brundle
  • 8 Ayrton Senna
  • 9 K. Wendlinger
  • 10 M. Blundell
  • 11 J. Lehto
  • 12 M. Andretti
  • 13 E. Comas
  • 14 R. Barrichello
  • 15 P. Alliot
  • 16 A. Suzuki
  • 17 C. Fittipaldi
  • 18 D. Warwick
  • 19 A. de Cesaris
  • 20 J. Herbert
  • 21 A. Zanardi
  • 22 U. Katayama
  • 23 F. Barbazza
  • 24 T. Boutsen
  • 25 L. Badoer
Turns 69
Time Nublado
Fastest lap M. Schumacher - 1´21´´500
Podium 1º A. Prost 2º M. Schumacher 3º D. Hill
Cars 25
Leaving 7

Senna in race

Starting position 8
Final position Abandonou (62º volta)
Best lap 1’22’’015
Points added to the Championship -
Championship position after the race 2
What did he say after the race
“Second place would have guaranteed me the lead for the championship title and I had even begun to dream about it. But at F1, to dream, one would first need equipment and mine has left me walking on the track.”