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It really all started at the end of the first lap of 1988 Portuguese Grand Prix Aryton Senna and Alain Prost were nearing the end of their first season driving together in the totally dominant Mclaren Honda team All season long the tension between these two great drivers had been building as the battle for the drivers crown intensified But even the most informed observer in Portugal could never have dreamt of what was about to be unleashed along with its impact on the consequences for Formula One As the two Mclarens entered the pit straight to complete the first lap Senna led but Prost having carried more speed through the final turn was firmly in his slipstream As Prost pulled out to complete the pass Senna swerved to the right Prost refusing to lift kept coming Soon the cars were side by side wheels interlocking at 180 MPH Prost was just inches from the pit wall Prost made the pass and duly won the race Afterwards furious at such tactics by a fellow driver he is reported to have stated If he Senna wants the World Championship so badly he can have it Prosts rage was due to the fact a basic rule of Motor Racing had been broken and not by some F3 novice but by a driver blessed with such enormous talent that he should have been able to find other ways to win in the supposed pinnacle of the sport Formula One Since motor racing began the slipstreaming pass was the classic way to overtake It relies on the fact that the leading car does not deviate too much from its line on the straight There was no rule to enforce this it was just taken for granted If a slower car just weaved all over the road overtaking would be impossible but that was against the spirit of racing More of course was to come much
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