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‘He was walking on water’ – Senna’s magical Donington ‘Lap of the Gods’ remembered by his fellow drivers

Staff Writer

Mike Seymour

On this day 30 years ago, Ayrton Senna delivered one of the most memorable laps in F1 history by surging from fifth to first in treacherous conditions at the start of the 1993 European Grand Prix at Donington Park, paving the way for a devastatingly dominant victory. To celebrate what has become known as ‘The Lap of the Gods’, we spoke with a host of drivers and personalities who were involved in that day for their first-hand memories, while also diving deeper into what made Senna so good in the rain…

“This is an astounding performance by the Brazilian… Look at the gap!” Murray Walker yelled as he commentated on the opening exchanges of a wet and wild encounter at Donington, which joined the F1 calendar for the 1993 season in a one-off appearance.

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