F1 Seasons1990Ayrton Senna’s 2nd title (P2 Alain Prost, P3 Nelson Piquet)


  • After winning 3 titles with McLaren, Alain Prost moved to Ferrari and partnered Nigel Mansell, while Senna stayed at McLaren and had a new team mate, Gerhard Berger;
  • New team Life appeared on the grid, powered by their own unconventional W12 engine design and piloted by Gary Brabham, son of triple world champion Sir Jack Brabham, and Bruno Giacomelli. The team only lasted 14 races in F1;
  • 13 of the 16 races were won by Senna, Prost and Piquet (Nigel Mansell won the Portuguese GP with his Ferrari, and Williams won 2 races, one with each driver, Riccardo Patrese and Thiery Boutsen);
  • Before the Japanese GP, Alessandro Nannini was involved in a helicopter crash and sustained career-ending injuries;
  • In qualifying for the Japanese GP, Senna took pole ahead of Prost, Mansell, Berger, Boutsen and Piquet. However, Senna was unhappy at the side on which the pole was located on as it was located on the dirty side of the track and thus the 2nd place being on the racing line which should give the 2nd-placed driver the advantage into the 1st corner. So he decided that he would go for any gap into the first corner if Prost had the advantage;
  • At the start, Prost did have the advantage and Senna went for the gap. Prost didn’t know it and drove the normal racing line. Senna’s left front touched Prost’s rear wing, spinning both of them into the gravel trap. The world championship was sealed;
  • Although Senna led by 9 points and there were 9 points for a win, if Prost won the last race he would have had to drop his 5th place in Canada which meant that he would be 2 points behind Senna even if Senna retired. Senna was the new world champion.

Arrows A6

the Arrow A6 for the 1983 and 1984 Formula One Seasons.

As Arrows had an insufficient budget for the 1983 F1 season, Wass had to settle for a car that lacked ground effects and was equipped with an underpowered Cosworth engine. In the end Wass presented a design that looked very much like the earlier A5, equipped with some minor adjustments.

The Arrows A6 had an aluminium monocoque chassis. Both the front and rear suspension used double wishbones and springs. Dave Wass used the 8 cilinder 3.0 litre Cosworth DFV engine, combined with a Hewland FGA 5-speed manual gearbox. The Cosworth engine produced 540 bhp, resulting in a top speed of 330 kmh for the car that weighed 540 kg.

The A6 proved to be competitive during the early part of the 1983 F1 season, despite the fact that Arrows used the non turbo-charged Cosworth engine.

During the latter part of the 1983 season it turned out that the A6 with its Cosworth engine could not match the power of the turbo-engined cars, especially down the straits.

The car pictured in this article was driven by Marc Surer thoughout the 1983 season. Both Marc Surer and Belgian Thierry Boutsen drove the car in 1984. The best result for chassis #4, driven by Boutsen, was a fifth place during the 1984 Grand Prix at San Marino.