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AWARD-WINNING FILM IS A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE TO AYRTON SENNA – THE GREATEST MOTOR RACING DRIVER OF ALL TIME

June 3rd, 2011 at 4:36 pm

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The extraordinary new film ‘Senna’ – already hailed as one of the best sports films ever made

Ayrton Senna immortalised in epic movie

Ayrton Senna immortalised in epic movie

BY JOHN GUBBA

For those of us old enough to remember, 1st May 1994 was one of the saddest moments in world sport . . . it was the horrendous day when  AYRON SENNA, the greatest motor racing driver the world has ever seen, died at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola.

Senna, a three-time Formula 1 world champion, and the most popular Brazilian sporting icon alongside football legend Pele, was just 34 when he tragically died in a shocking climax to one of the worst weekends in the history of sport.

Barrichello survives 1994 San Marino GP

Barrichello survives 1994 San Marino GP

 

It began on Friday when Senna’s compatriot and relative newcomer to the grid, Rubens Barrichello suffered a horrendous head-on crash with a tyre-wall during practice. He was lucky to survive. Two days later Senna was not.

Before the weekend was over both Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were taken from us. Ratzenberger died during qualifying. The unknown Austrian,  competing in only his third Formula One weekend, smashed into a concrete wall at 200mph and died instantly. Ratzenberger’s death marked the first fatality during a Formula One weekend in 12 years. It shook the San Marino paddock to it’s core.

But nothing could prepare the world for the loss of Senna, who had secured his 65th and final pole-position that day.  The Brazilian confided in his close friend, the head of Formula One’s medical team Professor Sid Watkins, that he was agonising with the idea of throwing in the towel.

Sadly, Senna deemed quitting a failure and he could not walk away. Armed with an Austrian flag to wave in Ratzenberger’s honour, we were  just six laps into the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix when Senna hit the wall – and a little more than five hours later the news filtered through that he was dead.

Today  – 17 years later – the much-heralded, award-winning movie – Senna – is released in UK cinemas and has already earned rave reviews. By focusing on Ayrton Senna’s thrilling rivalry with his arch-rival Alain Prost, Asif Kapadia’s movie-length documentary brilliantly captures the enigmatic spirit of a genuine sporting legend . . . and immortalises the Brazilian’s reputation as the greatest racing driver the world has ever seen.

1994 San Marino Grand Prix

1994 San Marino Grand Prix

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6 Responses to 'AWARD-WINNING FILM IS A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE TO AYRTON SENNA – THE GREATEST MOTOR RACING DRIVER OF ALL TIME'

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  1. Fangio, I apologize..
    Schumacher excuse me, but Ayrton Senna was the best in the world, he simply did incredible things in his races, and always left all the chins open, but it was not only his ability to let him known, he also helped the Brazilian people donating lots of money to charity .
    Watch the film of Ayrton Senna`s life, surely will bring many memories to us -Brazilians- because he was the guy that joined the family on Sundays… I have really missed Senna`s racings !

    Lu Franca

    7 Jun 11 at 10:45

  2. hi Lu – got to agree Senna was bigger than the sport – a true legend. we love Senna. we love Brazil :)- we love you for making this comment

    visionsport.TV

    7 Jun 11 at 13:30

  3. Cool! We love England 2! Would be impossible not love…You created the best sport in the world ! Guess what…..!? So we improved a bit …;))

    Lu Franca

    7 Jun 11 at 20:25

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