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Ayrton Senna, Lotus 97T dominated the race in appalling conditions to claim his first Grand Prix victory
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What a regretful Senna misunderstanding revealed about his approach to F1

Drivers can be prickly about their own press – and sometimes the identity of the writer creating the outrage can be mistaken says MAURICE HAMILTON

My relationship with Ayrton Senna started brilliantly but took a sudden nose-dive from which it never fully recovered. It remains one of my greatest regrets.

The connection began on 2 November 1985. Senna had won pole position for the first Australian GP in Adelaide and completed the post-qualifying press conference. With the championship decided and this being the final race, very few European journalists had made the long trip. I found myself as one of a handful of people accompanying Ayrton as he took a lengthy and pleasant walk back to the Lotus motorhome via the horse racing course that formed the circuit’s hub. It was an ideal opportunity to sound him out about an interview for Life magazine.

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