F1 Dream: Roland Ratzenberger

Roland Ratzenberger at Imola
On the morning of the San Marino Grand Prix on 1 May 1994, Ayrton Senna placed an Austrian flag in his racing car. The great Brazilian champion had planned to wave the flag as he passed the finishing line in victory. Senna wanted to share...

Owen O’Mahany: Senna’s pilot

Senna's plane BA 125
Captain Owen O'Mahony watched the grand prix on the little television in the office at Forli airport, a few miles from the circuit at Imola. Outside, his boss's jet, a British Aerospace 125, lay on the tarmac, fuelled and ready for take-off. O'Mahony always...

New Facility for McLaren

McLaren Facility
McLaren's new $69 million technology center in Sheffield, England is almost complete and the supercar company threw an inauguration ceremony for it Monday. The event featured a speech from McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt, an indoor light show, and appearances from the brand new McLaren Senna and legendary Formula...

McLaren Senna made its 1st debut at Goodwood

McLaren Senna
More than a week after its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren Senna hypercar made its first track debut at the 76th Annual Goodwood Member's Meeting Saturday. Sadly, McLaren's claim that the Senna is the "most track-concentrated road car yet" wasn't...

The shortest race in history

Adelaide 1991video
The sport of Formula 1 racing is known for its attention to detail and obsession with perfection, but the truth is that things haven't always run as tidy as they are nowadays. With the 2018 season-opening race in Melbourne, Australia taking place later this...

Legends: Ayrton Senna da Silva

Senna and Prost game
September 1998 "McLaren were very good to me," Berger said, "and I would say that Ron Dennis and I were friends, and still are. But he never realised that his team was built completely around Senna. He accepted anything from Ayrton, never really stood up...

How Senna inspired me

Every year on the first of May, many people make a pilgrimage to a walled corner of a certain racetrack near Bologna, Italy. They decorate the wall with pictures, poems, flowers and collect souvenirs and keepsakes. Halfway round the world, across the Atlantic Ocean,...

Roland, the forgotten casualty of San Marino GP

Roland Ratzenberger
As a Formula One driver and a man, however, he more than deserved his share of the limelight. Twenty-fours hours after Ratzenberger was killed during practice for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, three-times world champion Ayrton Senna died in the race and, in the...

Australian Grand Prix 1989

Start at Adelaide in 1989
As predicted, the weeks between the Japanese and Australian Grands Prix were filled with hearings, press-conferences, announcements, claims and counter-claims. “Jean-Marie Balestre just wants to give his fellow Frenchman the title”, said Senna, threatening to boycott the Australian race and retire from F1 altogether....

Tech: F1 Telemetry

Telemetry graph
A host of electronic devices, including ECU (Engine Control Unit or as some people call it Electronic Control Unit) which transmits specific data, for example measurements, but not only, to a remote site, in F1 case, to pit wall and pit garage. It electronically records performance...