Some say this is probably the best lap anyone managed to do in the history of Formula 1 (Jeremy Clarkson would probably agree), anyhow it’s virtually impossible to set such a criteria and apply it to all F1 laps over the history, but we take that risk!
Twenty years ago, April 11, 1993, during the European Grand Prix at the circuit of Donington Park in England, Ayrton Senna completed what is considered by many to be the best Formula 1 lap of all time.
It was a heavy rainy day, and has we all know rain was far from being an obstacle to Senna, just remember his first win in Estoril, Portugal; Ayrton Senna, who won this European Grand Prix at Donington, made an absolute cracking first lap. The Brazilian, driving his McLaren, started fourth on the grid and lost a place a little later, but at the end of the first lap he was… first!
The first driver to get behind was no less than Michael Schumacher, who regained the fourth position for a few seconds after start. Then Ayrton went behind Karl Wendlinger, leaving him behind as well. The two Williams were next, the best cars on the grid at the time. Damon Hill, Alain Prost… these two monsters were soon to be history…
Senna finished the Grand Prix in front of Damon Hill, who was second, and Alain Prost, who was third (1 lap behind). Michele Alboreto was the last to cross the line that day, six laps behind Senna!!!