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1993 Australian Grand Prix

Foster's Australian Grand Prix

Sunday, November 7, 1993
Warm, dry and sunny
Fastest Lap:
Hill, 1m15.381
1993 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

Emotions run high in Adelaide, as Senna's 41st win dashes fairy tale retirement for Prost while pushing McLaren ahead of Ferrari in the all-time win stakes

All in all, it was an emotional finale to the 1993 Grand Prix season, as the teams settled down in Adelaide. Alain Prost was preparing for retirement after 199 GP outings, 51 victories, 33 pole positions (the same as Jimmy Clark), 41 fastest laps and four World Championships.

Ayrton Senna was preparing to leave McLaren.

Riccardo Patrese, Andrea de Cesaris and Derek Warwick were possibly facing their last GP outings, in Prost's shadow.

Camel was about to withdraw; various drivers were about to leave their teams, and various engine supply deals were about to end. It was also, whisper it, the final appearance of active ride, traction control and anti-lock brakes.

On Friday, when most of the quick times were set, there was an end-of-term atmosphere, and even though Senna had not been amused to find the boxing gloves a team member had left in his cockpit on Thursday, he seemed relaxed enough.