1992 Brazilian Grand Prix

Ayrton Senna’s body language said it all. His car stammered into the pits, the Brazilian gave its misfiring Honda V12 the big rev, then wriggled out and stalked to the back of a McLaren pit which was already accommodating team-mate Gerhard Berger’s similar new MP4/7A. The Brazilian GP was just 18 laps old, and here was not one but two of the Woking cars ready to pack away. It was a sign of the new times that have come to Formula One, the last wave in a sea of desperation that washed over the team in South America as the two Williams FW14Bs of Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese once again stamped their utter authority on a 1992 World Championship event.

McLaren has an awful lot riding on its new car, just as Honda has on its thoroughly revised engine, but this was not a debut that lived up to the heritage of previous models from its stable, such as the MP4/2, MP4/2B, MP4/3, MP4/4 and MP4/6 that each won first time out. That’s part of the problem of success; failure must inevitably follow at some stage. For McLaren, it has come as a result of the remorseless tide of Williams technical development.

Riccardo Patrese leads team-mate Nigel Mansell through turns one and two

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Circuit - Interlagos

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Brazil

Location

Sao Paulo

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.677 (Miles)

Record

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes-Benz F1 W09 EQ Power+), 1m10.540, 136.621 mph, F1, 2018

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