The McLaren car designed to beat Ferrari

McLaren Supercar
In the world of motorsports, there are few rivalries as intense as Ferrari versus McLaren. Over the years, legendary figures such as Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, and Mika Hakkinen have waged war on the race tracks of Formula...

Legendary cars: McLaren Mp4/6

Canadian Grand Prix 1991
MP4/6 looked like its predecessor but inside was much different. The car designed by Neil Oatley was looking similar to its highly successful predecessor McLaren MP4/5B but was quite different in terms of its aerodynamic profile. The chassis also went through some major modifications to...

Williams official claimed: “Senna made mistake”

Ayrton Senna at Imola
Wednesday 4 May 1994 Formula 1 faced up to the possibility last night that Ayrton Senna may have been to blame for the crash which cost him his life in the San Marino Grand Prix. As Italian prosecutors informed the managing director of the company that...

1985 Season Review

Silvertone 1985
After coming so close in the two previous seasons, Alain Prost finally became the first Frenchman to win the World Championship. He clinched the title thanks to six wins and with two races to spare. At Zandvoort, McLaren team-mate Niki Lauda won by less...

Ayrton Senna: Norfolk memories

Ayrton Senna in 1982
Imagine if Diego Maradona, when arriving in Europe in the 1980s, signed not for Barcelona but for Norwich City, turning them into championship contenders for several seasons. A little far-fetched? Perhaps. But it is a pretty solid analogy for what really did happen in the...

Meeting with Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna at SPA Francorchamps 1991
In 1991 three Autocar journalists shadowed Ayrton Senna for 24 hours, gaining an insight into the world champion's life. Here is that story from the archives. Sunday 23 June 1991, 6:30pm, Kidlington Airport – Michael Harvey reports The sky is as bleak as the three grey...

Hamilton reveals Senna inspired helmet

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes driver
Lewis Hamilton has revealed the winning entry for his 2017 F1 helmet design competition, choosing an entry that pays homage to his racing hero Ayrton Senna. The three-time F1 world champion announced the competition on last month on his personal Instagram account, stating he is...

SENNA: Almost an IndyCar driver

Ayrton Senna, legend of F1
He's arguably the greatest Formula One driver that ever lived, but there was a time when he considered leaving everything in F1 and joining the IndyCar ranks. At the end of the 1992 season, McLaren lost its factory Honda engine deal. The manufacturer had been...

1984 Season Review

Ayrton Senna, British GP 1984
Having almost delivered the 1983 title to Renault, Alain Prost was surprisingly released by the team and he joined Niki Lauda in the new John Barnard-designed McLaren MP4/2-TAG Porsche. Prost won seven times in 1984 but it still wasn’t enough to make him France’s...

Alain Prost on Ayrton Senna

United States GP 1987
Even now, all these years later, it's difficult for me to talk about Ayrton, and not only because he's not here anymore. When he died, I said I felt a part of me had died also, because our careers had been so bound together....