Originally posted by KABA
While I would tend to agree with some individual statements made and disagree with others, it is almost impossible to predict because the whole dynamic changes.
Only thing I'm sure of is that we would have seen some great racing.
Further, IMO the racing between Ayrton and Michael would have been extremely clean. Maybe hard to understand for some, but mutual respect between specific people does have a influence on the number of racing incidents. Human nature in any competitive behaviour, especially among the elite in any specific field.
I am affraid I don't share your opinions about a clean fight.
With respect to both drivers, Senna and MS shown themselves to be the most egocentric, selfish and selfobsessed drivers ever within F1 and willing to step beyond the limits in order to avoid defeat to the title. Senna had shown it already, MS was to show it later on.
A few incidents between them in '92 and '93 may give an indication too.
Respect for others was there with both men as long as the to be respected person didn't come in the way of the world title primarily, and race wins secondarily.
Senna's object had always been to beat the most competive men that could challenge him for the title. up until '87 he didn't have quite the cars to do it, once he had them: the most serious opponents to him had to be more than careful, as particularly Prost and Mansell were to find out once it really mattered.
About the same can be said for MS.
Somehow I have the fear that to make up that large gap would have caused for some desperate actions by Senna first, if MS was willing to cope with that and protect the points lead instead of permitting himself to go head on with Senna, I don't know.
Once the gap was closed, I am affraid that we would have got a real dirty battle between two drivers who were not willing to give in to anybody with a title at stake. Which could well have lead to a situation that made the Prost-Senna feud a kindergarten affair.
I am sorry but given Senna's Legacy, and what we eventually were to see from MS (even in 1994 alread) doesn't give me much hope that this could have been clean.
Maybe exciting to watch if you were into all that like some obviously are.
Well, assuming that none of the two egoists had been banned for a while because of utter msibehaving on the track and/or accidents having caused either major injuries or fatalities.
(Sorry to the fans of both men but I think both drivers were suspect for being involved in such eventually due to their stubborness to refuse defeat to the other)
AS wouldn't have blundered like Coulthard and Hill in '95 and I think that title in all likelyhood would have been Senna's, maybe after yet another dirty battle.
Beyond that, I've understood that Senna was supposed to be at Ferrari from '96 on and from here on I won't speculate any longer because JVi's ending up with Williams was partly possible because of Senna's demise. I don't know where MS, JVi, AS, and Damon all had ended up had May 1 1994 been gone different.