Ayrton Senna was a driver who made few errors while racing, and indeed retired from just a handful of races as a result of his own making.

Perhaps his most famous race retirement brought about by driving error came at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1988, which he was leading at a canter after blitzing his rivals to claim pole position by almost 1.5 seconds from team-mate Alain Prost.

In the final third of the race, Prost sudden chimed in with a couple of fastest laps that had Senna – who was leading by over 30 seconds and in no danger of losing the lead – completely spooked. The Brazilian slapped the wall at Portier and retired:


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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.