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Ayrton Senna in Estoril in 1985
Some drivers find their first victory as the most special. Ayrton scored his first victory in Portugal, he was the first to pass under the black and white chequered flag. People who followed the Grand Prix live on BBC at the time could hardly believe what an absolute 'master...
22-year-old Emerson Fittipaldi had arrived in the country with a goal – to impress Formula 1 team bosses and become a Grand Prix driver. It would take him just over a year to make it happen. Even flying into Gatwick Airport for the first time had been a ‘Road to...
A True legend:Ayrton Senna
A year ago Mclaren published the book to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna Written by the hugely experienced F1 journalist and author Maurice Hamilton, there’s every reason to expect it would be a cut above a lot of the writing on Senna. In the two decades...
Alex Zanardi
Alex Zanardi is not a devout man, but as he absorbed the reality of back-to-back Paralympic gold medals he could not help but entertain the idea of divine intervention. “Normally, I don’t thank God for these things – God has far more important matters to worry about – but...
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 the race and the Brazilian...
Ayrton Senna relaxing
Remembering Ayrton Senna on his birthday, what made him a legend and the unfortunate accident that took him away He was considered to have a sixth sense while he was behind the wheel of his Formula One car. Aryton Senna was considered a legend by some of the greatest drivers...
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 Ayrton Senna was killed in...
Fernando Alonso in McLaren
The two-time world champion believes the 1980s title battles are viewed over-generously with hindsight. A stern critic of F1's recent direction, Alonso reckons many of the 2014-16 regulations' problems also compromised what many consider as the championship's halcyon period. "Formula 1 at that time, it was very boring," he said of the Senna/Prost...
Ayrton Senna at Donington park in 1993
Donington Park hosted the 1993 European Grand Prix, located in the small town of Castle Donington, England, the circuit provided F1 fans with an unforgettable Easter Sunday. The first and the only time an F1 Grand Prix took place in the circuit. It started to rain on the race day,...
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 a charming man with one...