Podcast with Martin Brundle

Ayrton Senna in Formula 3 - 1983
As a racing driver he fought wheel-to-wheel with - and on his day beat - the very best of his era, including Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen. But for a whole generation of F1 fans, Martin Brundle is ‘Mr Grid Walk’ –...

McLaren Senna 001 was recently delivered to its owner

McLaren Senna SuperCar 001
McLaren announced Friday that the first customer Senna built, Senna 001, was recently delivered to its owner, David Kyte. Kyte isn't the first owner to take delivery of a Senna, but he's the first customer to properly experience McLaren's latest hypercar, and his is the first customer-bound...

Brazilian GP SafetyCar restored

Senna Fiat Tempra SafetyCar
When the three times F1 world champion Ayrton Senna won the Brazilian GP in 1993, his Home GP, it wasn’t a new thing anymore, he already won there in 1991 with an unbelievable race end. Only five laps were remaining for the end of...

Brazilian Grand Prix 1984

Ayrton Senna, Jacarepagua 1984
In sharp contrast to previous years, the Formula 1 "close season" has been very much longer this winter, stretching from Kyalami in mid-October 1983 until the Brazilian Grand Prix opened the 1984 season on March 25th. In the past many teams have spent time...

Senna: A man of contrasts

Ayrton Senna at Mexico podium in 1986
Ayrton Senna lost his life on this day 24 ago. His death, while leading the San Marino Grand Prix in his blue and white Williams, came just a day after Austrian Roland Ratzenberger was killed in a qualifying accident, and plunged the motor-racing world...

The Santerno river talks to the story

Ayrton Senna at Imola
The Santerno river rises in the hills south-west of Imola. It winds its way down for 50 kilometres until it reaches the town, which is home to over 68,000 people and to a racing circuit: the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. In April 1994 two...

Ayrton Senna: ups and downs

Ayrton Senna in Karting
Ayrton Senna was the most complex character to ever sit behind the wheel of a Formula One car. Often a sensitive, spiritual man away from the track but always the most ferociously aggressive competitor on the tarmac, the enigmatic Brazilian caught the imagination of millions,...

Remembering a brave racer

Roland Ratzenberger
Just four Formula One drivers turned up to Roland Ratzenberger's funeral after his death during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix on April 30 1994. The 33-year-old Austrian driver's passing was overshadowed by events that took place 24 hours later when three-time world champion...

McLaren: How the Senna earned its name?

McLaren Senna
When McLaren unveiled its new hypercar, a successor to the brand’s P1, it came with a striking and iconic name – Senna. McLaren named it after Ayrton Senna, the famous Formula One driver who died tragically during a race in 1994. While Senna didn’t spend his entire racing...

SENNA most charismatic driver

Senna Movie
On May 1 1994 Ayrton Senna was killed on the track at Imola, on the seventh lap of the San Marino Grand Prix. He was 34. In Brazil three days of national mourning were declared – three days! – and a million people lined the...