The Good: Andretti > Hakkinen, McLaren '93.
For a driver with such an illustrious American CV, few would have predicted such a bruising and ultimately short F1 career for Michael Andretti. Albeit under the strain of the hot-seat alongside Ayrton Senna, the American failed to show any real pace, was lapped by Senna at the Spanish Grand Prix and marred his season with frequent crashes, one of which, in Interlagos, was a massive start-line collision with Gerhard Berger’s Ferrari.
In stepping aside by mutual consent following the Italian Grand Prix, Michael inadvertently made way for one of the finest driver pairings the sport had ever seen; albeit only for three races. Reserve driver Mika Hakkinen, who had expected to be a race driver in 1993 prior to Andretti’s announcement, out-qualified Senna in his first race as the imperious Brazilian’s team-mate in Estoril. Unfortunately Senna’s fateful move to Williams robbed F1 of any more internecine rivalry between the dynamic duo.