The Life of Senna by Tom RubythonI remember sitting under the table watching the race being 13 years old and first thinking it was just a crash like they happen in F1. Then not understanding well what was happening and just staring, tears in my eyes. The day after I went on a school trip for a week to the Ardennes and I still see the front pages of news when stopping for a break on the motorway. I felt so quiet.
This book was in a calm way really nice to read because it seems to be written in a respectfull, beautiful way, while it also gives you facts about Senna as a person, driver. I dont see him as a saint who did everything right and was always right. But he was a driver and person in a completely different category in the world of F1 and till now, nobody has ever come near to who and what he was and did.
Reading about what I saw that day, twenty-one years later was good, it felt good.
The Death of Ayrton Senna and the Long Search for Blame
PA Images. On 1 May , Ayrton Senna veered off the track at the Imola circuit and into the crash barriers. No one knew it at the time, but the great Brazilian was effectively killed on impact: debris had pierced his helmet, causing multiple fractures at the base of his skull. The medics who arrived on the scene instantly knew that his chances of survival were zero and that Senna was gone, perhaps to meet the God he believed in so fervently. What now began was a grim afterword to the great Brazilian's life story: the search for an explanation and, ultimately, for someone to blame. Officially, the three-time world champion died at local time.
Read interview with writer of the film 'Senna'. Career-defining moments of Brazilian champion. Death in led to radical safety overhaul. Martin Brundle was staying in the same hotel in Castel San Pietro Terme, 10 miles from the circuit along the old Roman road, as Senna returned. He would habitually receive a restorative massage from Josef Leberer, his fitness trainer, but dispensed with it. He went for dinner at Trattoria Rompagnola, still the most unassuming of hostelries off Piazza Acquaderni. After Senna had retreated, dazed and tearful, from a glimpse of the shattered remnants of Ratzenberger's Simtek, he became convinced that something at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari was profoundly wrong.
It is perfectly human that when someone important dies we start thinking about it. It is perfectly normal that we want our heroes to be a little superhuman and unmistakable so usually the simplest and easiest explanation is simply not enough. One of that moments happened on May 1st Result of unpredictable circumstances and unlucky actions caused the death of one of the greatest drivers of that era Ayrton Senna. There were theories that are still alive today that Ayrton was under heavy psychologial stress after the death of Ronald Ratzenberger and personal love issues.
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And today, exactly 25 years since the mph crash that killed him, the man whose car he died in still cannot talk about the tragedy. The Brazilian legend, and arguably the greatest Formula One driver in history, lost his life at the San Marino Grand Prix when, on lap seven, his Williams car smashed into a concrete wall on the Imola track. He got into his heart, got into his mind, and he always wanted to put him in his race car. He internalises and keeps it all in. That is how he has been brought up, but you can see the pain in his eyes every time he thinks about the accident. We have been approached by very big companies this year because they want to pay a tribute to Ayrton. Shortly before his death, he told his family he wanted to start a project to help bring quality education to poor children in Brazil.
Prior to the San Marino Grand Prix at Italy's Imola circuit, and the loss of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna in one terrible weekend, motor sport tragedy had tended to be obscured by the mists of communication methods that were antiquated by today's fast-moving standards. Starting from the penultimate row of the grid, Riccardo Paletti was not seen and accelerated hard when he smashed into the back of Didier Pironi's Ferrari, which had stalled on pole position. Suffering serious abdominal injuries and two broken legs, the year-old Italian was transferred to a hospital in Montreal where he died early that evening. European newspapers had already published their final editions, leaving radio news as the major outlet. With the greatest respect to Paletti in only his second grand prix, the story was never likely to make headlines outside Italy, particularly following just one month after the loss of Gilles Villeneuve at Zolder. The Ferrari driver had been killed during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.
While not as revered as Monaco, the San Marino race was always an iconic event for Formula One fans because of its links to Ferrari. In the days leading up to the race there was a festive atmosphere at the circuit, with the stands filled with thousands of fans waving the famous prancing horse flags. It seemed a wonderful place to be. There was an air of excitement in the press room as well but the media were aroused by a storm that was brewing. Ayrton Senna was the favourite to win the championship but things were not going as planned for the Brazilian. He had failed to finish the first two races of the season, which were both won by Michael Schumacher. His suspicions had attracted the interest of the media and the paddock, the area behind the team garages where reporters congregate to speak with drivers and their teams, was thick with gossip and innuendo.