Let's face it, it could have been argued that the push start was illegal (just as it could have been argued it was in an unsafe place so the push was OK a la Patrese at Monaco in 82), but the suggestion that there was any gain made by cutting the chicane having sat still fo several seconds is just complete nonsense. Balestre's affection for Prost was very well known and hardly hidden, Senna was taken for a ride by a guy who thought F1 was his toy to play with and this incident IMO played a role in Balestre's eventual ousting. Unfortunately Max then caught the "F1 is my toy" bug, but that's another story. I, for one, thought Senna was great long before he died, he did things I've seen very few since then pull off.Unfortunately, his push start by the marshals meant he had missed out the chicane and therefore, technically, had not completed lap 46. He was disqualified. Appeals notwithstanding, Prost was WDC elect.