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In the shadow of Suzuka - F1's fractious 500th race

Formula 1 reached its half-millenium reeling from the ultimate demonstration of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost's mutual disdain in the previous race. A plucky win for a veteran past champion at least provided some light relief in 1990's Adelaide race

The 500th world championship round was predominantly a hangover from the 499th. At Suzuka two weeks earlier, three years of ever-worsening animosity between former McLaren team-mates Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna had reached the point where Senna sealed the 1990 Formula 1 title by deliberately ploughing into his rival on the run to the first corner.

New champion Senna was not punished for the incident and appeared in relaxed mood at the season-closing Australian Grand Prix that followed.

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