. Laps, in fact. His third race for McLaren, the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix, when Ayrton Senna got himself into the mother of all flow experiences and out-qualified Alain Prost by a second and a half, then out-qualified himself lap after lap in the McLaren MP4/4: that lap Bereft of Honda power yet still supernaturally fast, Senna here is zooming for his record-breaking… Read more Read more
I was already on pole, then by half a second and then one second and I just kept going. Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anybody else, including my team mate with the same car. And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension. It was like I was in a tunnel. Not only the tunnel under the hotel, but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit, but still able to find even more.
This video was recorded last fall by McLaren’s video people and it’s a loose chat at a Monaco café about those alien laps between
Jo Ramirez, McLaren’s Mexican team coordinator at the time, and the journalist Gerald Donaldson. It’s good. Kinda makes you miss the ‘80s, bad hair and hair metal and all.