Jackie Stewart v. Ayrton Senna Is An Interview For The Ages

Two alpha personalities in the same room after Senna's controversial move in the first corner was always going to produce some fireworks

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We all remember it, or have seen it, or someone we know has told us the story of how Ayrton won the World Championship in 1990. Simply put, Senna made a very aggressive move on the inside of rival Alain Prost. When Prost moved back down Senna's car had no place to go and the two crashed, in the very first corner of the Grand Prix. Nevermind the fact that all Senna needed to win the Championship was a DNF from Prost. It is largely believed that this was a semi intentional move from Senna.

Senna put Prost in an impossible situation. Prost's only options were to lift and effectively concede the position to Senna or turn in and risk accident. We all know how it turned out and just like that Senna was World Champion. After the race Jackie Stewart pulled no punches when interviewing Senna. That's Jackie, he doesn't care what others think he is going to make his point no matter what. On this day his chosen target was Senna who was having none of what Stewart was serving.

You may have seen it before, you may not but either way, find yourself a spare six minutes and watch the clip below. It is the perfect illustration of what makes an F1 driver great. Singular belief and confidence in oneself. You can not succeed in F1 without thinking you are the baddest dude out there. Put two of them in a room, sprinkle in some controversy and the results are pure gold!

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Comments (7)

  • This is what makes Jackie Stewart great. He cuts through all the bull and goes straight for the main point. Was Senna the fastest man of his time? Without a doubt, yes. Was he ruthless? Again, yes. We see this pattern repeated in Schumacher's reign with the move on Damon, for example.

    Jackie's question, as far as I can decipher it, was "are you comfortable as a human being putting sportsmanship and fair play at a lower priority than winning?" A question, I hasten to add, that was evaded with the skill of a politician.

      2 years ago
  • I never found any explanation or questioning when Prost won the title a year before on the exact corner with Senna winning the championship and Prost protesting the victory. FIA president at the time was French as Alan Prost ;). Senna received a penalty for continuing the race after taking a short cut on the corner of the crash. Unbelievable the politics of the time.

      2 years ago
  • "Senna made a very aggressive move on the inside of rival Alain Prost. When Prost moved back down Senna's car had no place to go and the two crashed" are you kidfing me? Senna just rammed Prost, he didn't even lift. That move should have been a long long ban.

      2 years ago
    • Current rules no moving under braking. Prost moved umder braking. The rule didnt exist then but the rule is brought up as a result of the numorous accidents that followed.

        2 years ago
    • Moved under breaking? No he turned in to take the corner that was ahead of them. Even if Prost would have made an inapropiat move, Senna should have moved his foot over to the brake pedal, but the telemetrie showed he didn't even lift wich means...

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        2 years ago
  • to be fair prost did it to senna a year before. and robbed senna his title. <based on senna documentary film>

      2 years ago
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