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Incredible stories of Ayrton Senna

Products branded with Senna’s name and likeness can be found in a lot of places in Brazil, and as is fitting with his life of charitable giving, they still fund educational programs for Brazilian kids. Senna’s name is still...
When they came to erect a memorial to Ayrton Senna opposite the place where he died, the people of Imola settled on a statue that showed him not in a moment of triumph on the podium at a circuit...
Much has been written about the tragedy of Imola 1994. The story is well known, Rubens Barrichello crashed heavily on the Friday, before Roland Ratzenberger was killed on Saturday in qualifying. Then came Sunday May 1st, when arguably the...
Ayrton Senna at podium

1986 Season Review

Alain Prost became the first driver to successfully defend his World Championship since Jack Brabham in 1960 following a season that climaxed in a classic three-way title fight at the final round in Adelaide. Prost appeared to have little...
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...
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...
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...
Certain years in the history of motor racing are overshadowed by a single terrible weekend. 1955 is forever remembered for the Le Mans tragedy and 1968 for the passing of Jim Clark (and others). The death of Ayrton Senna...
Double world champion Fittipaldi is at the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. The event and the venue — where a teenage Senna first made his mark on the kart track beside the F1 circuit — always evoke memories of...

After Imola

This morning, Brazilian TV Globo will show the last episode of its excellent 4-part documentary to commemorate 20 years without Ayrton Senna. It is centred on that dreadful Imola weekend and the few days that followed. I went to...