So they came to Estoril, the four of them, with the world championship beckoning. And, truth be told, the heavy money was on Piquet, the man who had won three of the last four, who had the psychological momentum riding with his. During practice, though, it was Mansell who impressed. With a spare car to work with, Nigel was solidly there, beaten to the pole only by Senna.
On Sunday his game plan was well ordered and simple: he was aiming to lead all the way. And he did exactly that. Senna and Piquet were left to fight over second - which went to Prost, after Nelson had made a mistake, and Ayrton ran out of fuel. Nigel simply drove away from them, facing pressure only from himself.
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