At Detroit Nelson Piquet won for Brabham in 1984, ‘waltzing away with the revived Detroit Grand Prix’. He had been given a scare at the beginning of the race when Nigel Mansell’s rapid getaway sparked a startline pile-up, colliding with Prost and Piquet, who then jumped into and won in the spare. Ayrton Senna took victory in 1987 despite softening brakes forcing him to slow his pace. The reduced pace allowed him to save his tyres, and therefore also save him a pitstop, while cramp impeded Nigel Mansell’s charge.
‘Motor racing broke out’ in ‘a real humdinger’ in Mexico in 1990. Senna led, before a slow puncture removed him from the reckoning. Alain Prost, Mansell and Gerhard Berger then proved that overtaking was possible in F1 still with some brilliant racing – Prost won out, beating Mansell and Berger.