September 25, 1988 Portugal GP - Bad Feeling -
Team of McLAREN faced to the 1988 season with the system of jointed number-one between French driver and Brazilian driver.
And there was no competitve driver and team like them in McLaren. However they seemed to be good team work and win the race, it was Portugal GP that clearly they changed their attitude as the rival of title each other.
Prost got the pole position in that GP after six race, but he was passed by Senna after the race just started. At the end of opening lap, Prost and Senna were side by side. Senna pushed him to the side of pit wall.
We talked later that Prost's sabotage caused Senna to do so, and it was fact that Alain on ahead pushed his teammate to the outside at the opening lap. After all Prost finished that race at 1st place. On the other hand, Senna was retired with trouble and finished at 6th place. That was the beginning of their bad feeling between two drivers.
October 30, 1988 Japan GP - First Crowned -
It was not too much to say that Japan GP in 1988 was legendary. At Spain GP - before that race, Drivers Point of Prost was 90pt(valid 84pt), and Senna's point was 79pt. Senna had to win this race to get the title of driver's championships at first.
In the qualifying session, he got the pole position to only record a super lap in 1:41.853. But in the final session, he stalled the engine at the starting grid. For the home straight of Suzuka is a down gentle slow, the machine began to start slow somehow, but in a split second he was passed by other many machines.
The top was Prost who started at 2nd grid. But Senna tried to catch up him in this in a fix. At the end of opening lap, he was 8th place soon. And he sided with rain coming down, at the end of 11th lap - 3rd place. At last he reached Prost at 20th lap.
In 27th lap, Prost was trouble with back maker at the chicane. At once Senna passed by taking advantage of his unguarded moment, and he was top at last. Senna finished 1st, and Prost was 2nd. In this way, Senna get the title of his wish at first.
In 5 years season of him - 78 race from his debut, it was very dramatic title just like Senna.