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Bring Back V10s: The Senna and Prost war begins at Imola

by Josh Suttill
1 min read

The 1989 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola was the setting for the first proper eruption of the war between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

But the circumstances that led to the McLaren team-mates no longer speaking to each other only came about on that day because of a restart after Gerhard Berger’s horrifying fireball accident that the Austrian was lucky to survive.

Edd Straw and Sam Smith join Glenn Freeman to discuss all the major talking points in F1 from just the second race of the V10 era, including McLaren’s eight-day test in reaction to failing to win the first race of the year, why some teams were still running old cars and the shock failure to qualify of Michele Alboreto in the only new Tyrrell at the race.

There’s also talk of Birmingham’s plans to host a grand prix, Johnny Herbert’s wake-up call that made him realise an F1 career wasn’t going to be straightforward, rumours of Yamaha exploring F1 for Toyota, plus an in-depth look at Berger’s crash and the fallout from the Senna vs Prost rivalry kicking into overdrive.

Jul 29 : S4 E4: Imola 1989 - Senna Prost war begins + Berger's fireball escape

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ASK US ANYTHING: Get your questions in for our series finale by using #BringBackV10s on Twitter to ask us about anything you like to do with F1 from 1989-2005. Or leave us a five-star podcast review and submit a question there too!

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