1990 - Australian Grand Prix - Qualifying
Undoubtedly Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian driver was well-known as the Master Of Qualifying Lap, a trade he had mastered along the way through his hike up the ladder of greatness. His unprecedented concentration and tactics has led him to this path but on this day he was taking an awfully long time to go out for his qualifying lap.
The qualifying lasted for 60 minutes and drivers were given 2 sets of tyres to be used for 2 laps for the qualifying. The team, 20 in total who were responsible for Senna’s preparation and handling were getting restless, the clock was ticking fast and it was almost 30 minutes left to the end of the qualifying time allocated for the drivers.
Senna was in no hurry to go out, and it was not until the 44th minute that he started to put on his overalls and prepared to go out. He did his first lap, came back and checked the timing done by all other drivers on the track that day. And just as it happens, with 4 minutes left to the end of the session, he went out once again to do his 2nd and final lap, and was on pole on race day.
Until today not a single driver has managed to emulate the style, tactic and knowledge he had. The size of his lost to the sport is irreplaceable, 20 years after, he reign supreme among the lot, he was such a joy to watch, coz when he gave, he gave it his all.
Never forget. Ayrton Senna. Imola. 1994. ;(