1/43 Tyrrell 020 Honda Japanese GP 1991 – Satoru Nakajima
The Japanese GP was the fifteenth round (penultimate race) of the 1991 Formula 1 season. The F1 moved to Japan with the fight for the title still open (it was the fifth year in a row that the title would be decided at the Suzuka circuit) between Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell.
Satoru Nakajima was the first Japanese driver to become a regular in the Formula 1 as team mate to Senna in 1987. He stayed with Lotus until the end of 1989 when he switched to Tyrrell until he retired after the season 1991. At Suzuka, his home GP and the second-last of his F1 career, he could qualify as fifteenth and unfortunately had to retire the car in lap 30 on the same position in the grid.
The 53-lap race was won by McLaren driver Gerhard Berger after he started from pole position. His teammate Ayrton Senna finished second and Riccardo Patrese was third for the Williams team. Because of Mansell’s retirement in the tenth lap with a third position in the grid, Senna won his third and last world championship title in Suzuka.