F1 Interview: Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna in Suzuka 1990
November 1990 and Ayrton Senna has won his second world championship in controversial fashion having punted Alain Prost off the road at high speed in Suzuka at the penultimate race. Payback for 1989 some may say but the world wonders if Senna has any...

Ron Dennis coming to end of his 35-year adventure

Ayrton Senna and Ron Dennis in 1988
The 69-year-old will be told by fellow shareholders on Tuesday that he must give up his position as chairman and chief executive of the McLaren Group. He does not want to step down and failed in a High Court bid last week to prevent McLaren...

The watch of Ayrton Senna

Tag Heuer Senna
One of the first stories written on Calibre 11 back in 2009 was an overview of the Senna TAG Heuer Limited Editions, a post that is still popular, no doubt thanks to the renewed interest in Senna’s life and career in the aftermath of...

Ayrton Senna, a genuine man with kind heart

It’s pouring rain outside, really terrible weather. I did go out, I needed a walk just to clear my mind. In my head I could see a replay of Ayrton Senna’s famous lap in Donington Park in 1993. It’s been 20 years since he...

Memories: 1985 Belgian Grand Prix

If there ever is a circuit that truly tests racers, their mettle and talent, it is the lush, green, moody and depending on when you are racing there, treacherous Spa-Francorchamps. 1985 was a particularly odd year for the circuit. Formula 1 had traveled there in...

Behind the SENNA helmet

Ayrton Senna FF2000
Sid was one of the greatest artists in F1, having worked with other world champions, like Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet. In an interview to Car and Driver, which debuted last January, on the BandSports (Brazilian TV channel), Alan went into detail on how Ayrton...

Remembering Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna in his Lotus in 1986
It’s often said by people of a certain era that they remember exactly where they were when they heard that JFK had been assassinated. I missed that historic moment because I was five years away from entering this world. The 11th September 2001 was...

Top six Ayrton Senna F1 race cars

Ayrton Senna in France 1988
It's has been twenty one years since the passing of Ayrton Senna, from an accident at the San Marino Grand Prix were Senna crashed his Williams at Tumbrello on lap seven of the race. He would have been 54, if he was still around...

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...

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....