McLaren driver becomes most successful ever

On this day in F1 – 20th September 1987

Alain Prost recorded his 28th career win – beating the record of 27 held by Jackie Stewart since 1973 – at an event-filled Portuguese Grand Prix, his relentless harrying of long-time leader Gerhard Berger paying off two laps from the end when Berger spun his Ferrari. “I wasn’t altogether surprised when he spun because we were both running very hard,” Prost said. The race had to be restarted after the first attempt finished after two laps following a multi-car pile-up at the first corner. Off the track, the headlines were taken by a very unhappy Nigel Mansell, who made no secret of the fact he thought his Honda team were not working with him and that his car was “five miles-per-hour slower than the others”. He retired after 13 laps with engine trouble, almost ending his hopes of winning the drivers’ title.

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