On this day, 30 years ago, Niki Lauda won his third and last world championship title in Portugal.
Following a two-year retirement, Lauda went back into F1 in 1982; teaming with Alain Prost at McLaren in 1984, the duo dominated the season. On the final race, the Portuguese Grand Prix, Prost won but Lauda claimed second after starting 11th — enough to give him the season’s championship over his teammate by half a point.
And as you can see, third went to a young Ayrton Senna.
As Alain was nearly on tears before arriving on the podium, Lauda went to him and told him: ”Forget it. Next year, the Championship is yours,”. And he was right…