Senna’s 1988 title anniversary: In reality and “Tooned” (VIDEO)

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This Wednesday, October 30, marks one of Formula One’s most memorable anniversaries: 25 years since the late Ayrton Senna captured his first of three World Championships.

Senna’s win at the Japanese Grand Prix was the cap-off to the all-conquering McLaren MP4/4 Honda season, where the team took 15 of 16 race wins in 1988 with what is widely considered one of the best cars of all-time. The above video clip is featured very prominently in “Senna,” the award-winning documentary.

Senna took eight wins to Alain Prost’s seven in the single harmonious year between the teammates, before their working relationship came unglued at the seams in 1989.

Interestingly, Prost actually out-pointed Senna in 1988, 105 to 94 if all points-scoring results were counted. But as only the best 11 were registered, Senna’s win advantage trumped Prost’s point advantage. The final season tally was Senna 90, Prost 87 after Prost’s win in the season-ending Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide, once the 11 best results were tabulated.

Both drivers have also had their place in McLaren’s brilliant animated “Tooned” cartoon series of late. The one featuring Senna was just released this past weekend during the Indian Grand Prix, with nephew Bruno Senna voicing Ayrton in the piece.

We figure it wouldn’t be appropriate to include just Senna’s “Tooned” piece without also including Prost’s, so both are below. Debate among yourselves in the comments if, as one commenter suggested on YouTube, McLaren’s “Tooned” creators should have rolled Senna and Prost into a single episode.

SENNA “TOONED”

PROST “TOONED”

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. with a speed of 122.953 mph.

Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.

The practice was interrupted several times for incidents. 

Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.

“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”

With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.

Dixon also had an off-road excursion.