In 1993, Alain Prost won his fourth world championship in what turned out to be his final season in Formula 1, driving the most sophisticated grand prix car yet seen. And still Ayrton Senna managed to steal his thunder.
The great Brazilian bitched and moaned about his unarguable underdog status at a weakened McLaren, but simultaneously revelled in it - especially on the (several) occasions when he embarrassed Prost, who had the enviable power of Adrian Newey-era Williams and Renault at his fingertips. Said to be a beaten man before a wheel of the season had turned, Senna clearly enjoyed himself immensely on several occasions during '93, in what turned out to be not only his final full F1 season, but also his last full year on earth.
The Senna shenanigans kept us all hooked, but they also overshadowed an incontrovertible truth: the McLaren MP4/8 might have lacked the firepower of the wondrous Williams FW15C, but it was still a great F1 car. It was also a stunner and one that only looks better with each passing year.