Talk:1989 Japanese Grand Prix
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Reason for Disqualification
Not sure the reason for disqualification is right. It lists Senna as being disqualified for cutting the chicane - rules state that you can cut chicanes, providing you don't gain an advantage from it, which he didn't. It's much more likely that Senna was disqualified for being aided by the marshals in restarting.
- Both Grandprix.com (run by highly-respected journalist Joe Saward) and the UK newspaper The Independent list the disqualification reason as being because Senna missed the chicane. Getting help from the marshals has never been illegal if the car is in a dangerous position, which both cars were, being in the direct line of fire as other drivers approached the heavy braking area for the chicane. The stewards' decision on all rules is usually final, although in the case here Senna did appeal but the original verdict was upheld. Pyrope 21:23, 25 July 2009 (UTC)
Senna's disqualification in this is because of then Article 56 of FI(S)A regulations - you must respect the distance of the race, not "gaining an advantage" as it is now. Spa-Franks (talk) 14:17, 29 December 2011 (UTC)
"Penultimate" does NOT mean final
The next to last in a series is the penultimate and I wish the author of the Senna Wiki would observe that. Thus, the season's final race in Japan (or wherever it is in any season) is the last race; the race just before that is the penultimate race. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 00:40, 9 September 2012 (UTC)
It's a year later, I realize, but if you were so sure of the definition maybe you should've done more research about the event -- it in fact was the penultimate round of the season, followed by the final round in Australia. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 21:27, 14 November 2013 (UTC)