It was Ayrton Senna's fifth Grand Prix race. Monaco was soaked, and he was in a lousy Toleman-Hart. To make matters worse, a fuel spill had soaked through his suit—intensely painful. He'd had brake problems as well. But as the rain got harder, Senna got faster. And faster. The lead was in his grasp; he was reeling in Alain Prost quicker then ever.

The rest, as they say, is history. Course clerk Jacky Ickx made the call to stop the race, at Prost's urging. It was controversial at the time, and it's controversial now. It gave Prost half-points, but kept Senna from taking the lead. We were there in Monaco, in a borrowed apartment, peering over a balcony at the race below. This is the gripping story of the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, where Ayrton Senna made a searing impression despite being robbed of a victory.