Watson would, of course, go on to better this feat by winning from 22nd on the grid at Long Beach a year later, but claims it was this Motown race that had given him the supreme confidence of a true “street fighter”.
Alain Prost and his mechanics work on the Renault RE30B on the grid
Derek Daly and mechanics work on his Williams FW08
Qualifying effectively became just a one-hour session on Saturday morning, with rain affecting the second period – although Alfa Romeo’s Andrea de Cesaris still managed to have a sizeable shunt.
The track’s layout, which was anti-clockwise and featured a tunnel, turned out to be even slower than Monaco! Jackie Stewart, who was commentating for