Nico Rosberg achieved three back-to-back wins in Monaco, something not seen since the streak of Senna victories between 1989 and 1993.
However, Lewis Hamilton appeared to evoke his own Senna memory – this one was from 1988.
Ayrton had been almost invincible during the 1988 Monaco F1 weekend in his McLaren Honda. He had qualified a whole 1.5 seconds ahead of his world champion team mate Alain Prost.
Senna led from the start, with Berger overtaking Prost when the Frenchman momentarily could not engage second gear.
The race was incident packed as Alex Cafi put his new Dallara-Ford into the barrier at St Devote, Philippe Streiff retired from 12th place with a broken accelerator cable and Nelson Piquet collided with Eddie Cheever – all on lap one.
Lap 33 saw Alboreto take out Nigel Mansell at the swimming pool and on lap 51 Phillipe Alliot collided with Riccardo Patrase’s Williams car at Mirabeau.
A frustrated Alain Prost managed to pass Berger on lap 54 down the main straight, retaking second place – but he was now 50 seconds behind his team mate Ayrton Senna.
The two McLarens then traded fastest lap after fastest lap, but Prost managed to reduce the gap by 6 seconds after Ron Dennis sent a message to Senna to slow down and ensure the 1-2 finish.
On lap 65 Senna lost the car into the barrier at Portier, the suspension was badly broken, so Ayrton abandoned the car and walked straight back to his Monaco home.
The team didn’t hear from him until later that night.
On the parade lap after yesterday’s race, Lewis Hamilton stopped his car on the outside of Portier for what appeared to be an age. He clearly wasn’t admiring the view of the Mediterranean because the drivers cannot see above the barriers.
For that half-minute or so, seasoned F1 observers wondered whether Lewis was about to jump out of and abandon his silver arrow – before heading off to his Monaco home.
Of course Lewis dutifully returned to the pit straight and took his place on the podium, and the poignant moment had passed.