For sevenfrustrantingyears,though,Senna's dream of a victory at home,in the brazilian Grand prix,eluded him.He finally won
the race in 1991,but only after a cliffhanger finish and typical heroics.He was leading comfortably,with only afew kilometers to go,when the gearbox of his car jammed.By the last lap only one gear was functioning,but senna wrestled his Mclaren-Honda to the checkered flag.so exhausted he could barely lift hisarms,grimacing from the pain,he hoisted the trophy and the flag.
Senna won in Brazil again in 1993 in equally dramatic fashion-this time agains his archrival,the Frenchman Alain Prost.(over theyears,Senna's fat-out duels with prost,including several dangerous collisions,had fostered an enmity that prost says did not ease until just before Senna's death.)prost and his teammate.
DamonHill had been much faster in practice, and the fans knew that only a race-day downpour would give senna, the acknowledget master of wet-track driving, a chance. brasil prayed for rain. the next day,...