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The Best and the Rest

The Story Behind | 27.07.2020

Being lapped, overtaken by the race leader, so that you are a whole lap of the track behind him, is the greatest indignity that can befall a driver. And yet, in the Automobilist artwork depicting Nelson Piquet in the Lotus being passed by fellow Brazilian Ayrton Senna in the McLaren, things are not as embarrassing as they seem for Piquet. After the chequered flag came out a few laps later, he would be standing on the podium, having finished third. Senna and team-mate Alain Prost had lapped the entire field.