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...

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...

For the love of the Brazil

Ayrton Senna in Mexico 1986
When Mateus goes to bed he settles down on the kitchen floor beside the cooker. There are seven people living in two rooms. It is hot and there is no ventilation apart from windows that have no glass. His father is in prison. His...

Ron Dennis talks about SENNA

Ayrton Senna spent six seasons racing for McLaren, during which time he won each three of his world championships and most of his 41 grand prix victories. During that time McLaren team principal Ron Dennis became one of his closest confidantes and allies. Senna was...

Guide to the Senna’s watches

Senna TAG Heuer
For better or for worse, watch ambassadors have become an indispensable part of the marketing landscape these days. Some of them have a genuine affinity with the brand they’re representing, some see their watch deal as just another in their portfolio of brand endorsements. While...

Opportunity of a lifetime

Two chassis and six engines. This was the standard “arsenal” provided to Ayrton Senna for the more important races by DAP, an Italian company founded by brothers Angelo and Achille Parrilla, the only team for which Senna raced karts. Not the endless list...

First … After all, Portugal Grand Prix 1985

Ayrton Senna at Estoril in 1985
In 1985 the price of a grandstand seat at Estoril was about the same as the average weekly wage, and as well as that the weather on race day was atrocious. Only around 10,000 people were able to say they had been there when...

Roland Ratzenberger: A charming man in Formula 1

Rolan Ratzenberger
For quite a few fans of Formula One, we only remember Roland Ratzenberger for being the first death at the fateful 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Many an article has been written about Ratzenberger, but nearly all of them centre around Imola. Roland Ratzenberger was...

The tragic death of Roland Ratzenberger

Roland Ratzenberger at Imola 1994
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...

New Teammate: Elio de Angelis

Belgian GP 1986
Elio de Angelis was a unique charismatic person who was highly respected in the Formula 1 world. He was a very good man, a man with a very artistic talent, known for his very polite character and refined hands. Not only as a driver...