It began as a five-car chase, and in the end it came down to just two. Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell enthralled the sparse crowd at Jerez, the Lotus-Renault and Williams-Honda finally crossing the line perhaps a foot apart. Two at the most.
Each had led, Senna first, then Mansell in the middle section of the race. As Nigel's tyres began to go away, Ayrton moved by once more, followed by the McLaren-TAG of Alain Prost. But the world champion could do nothing to hold Senna, and it was up to Mansell, on fresh Goodyears now, to make up nearly 20 seconds in eight laps.
If they had painted the finish line another five yards up the road he would have made it. Both men were superbly aggressive in their work, and this time there was no animosity afterwards.