If there is a god, he is probably a Ferrari fan.
On September 11, 1988, just under a month after the death of the mythical figure of Enzo Ferrari, or il commendatore, at the Scuderia’s home town of Marenello, some 200 kilometres away at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza during the 1988 Italian Grand Prix, a miracle happened.
First, the all-conquering Honda engine in Alain Prost’s McLaren gave way after just 34 laps - unheard of in the nearly perfectly reliable Honda turbo. Then, with only two laps to go, a miscommunication between Prost’s team mate Ayrton Senna and Williams fill-in Jean-Louis Schlesser lead to a collision when the Brazilian was putting a lap over the Frenchman.
This lead the Ferraris of Gerhard Berger and Michele Alboreto running first and second, much to the delight of the tifosi. They finished this way, with race winner Berger dedicating it to the man who gave his name and nearly 70 years of his life to motor racing. This would be the only time that season that a McLaren would not win a race.