In motor racing, it's said that a driver's talents show best in wet conditions because the unpredictability of grip levels required much better levels of judgement and skill to master. Ayrton Senna is, without doubt, one of, if not the, best Formula 1 drivers of all time and the Brazilian's talents were definitely showcased the most during inclement conditions. Throughout his 11 years in the pinnacle of motorsport, Senna thrilled us with his incredible speed, unrelenting never say "die" attitude, and philosophical quotes, and here are five of the original rain master's best performances in the wet:
#5 - Britain 1988
Alain Prost hand-picked Ayrton Senna as his McLaren teammate for the 1988 season, a decision that he probably regrets in hindsight. Senna claimed 35 of his 41 Grand Prix wins with the Woking outfit, aiding him to all three of his driver's world titles. '88 was the year of the MP4/4, one of the most successful and fastest F1 cars of all-time, as Prost and Senna combined to win 15 of 16 rounds that year. Going into McLaren's home race, Prost led Senna by 15 points, a large margin in the days of 9 points for a victory. Alain had struck back at his home race at Paul Ricard after back-to-back wins by Ayrton, but the British weather would help Senna out, come Sunday at Silverstone.
Gerhard Berger had surprisingly qualified on pole in his Ferrari with his teammate Michele Alboreto alongside him. Senna held his third-placed starting position on the first lap but soon passed Alboreto into second. Berger put up an excellent fight to keep the lead, but Senna couldn't be held back forever, the Austrian being passed on Lap 15 of 65. Senna wouldn't be troubled again, as he'd win by 23 seconds ahead of Nigel Mansell. Prost had an awful race, struggling with handling and being lapped early on before withdrawing, as he saw no point in continuing.