Friday, 1 May 2009

Ayrton Senna - 15 years on

Fifteen years to the day since the death of racing legend Ayrton Senna at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

I can still remember where I was and what I was doing at the time - despite being only 9 years old. And I remember watching racing at the time thinking "this guy is a crazy genius." I doubt there'd be many that would argue with that.

His death - alongside that of Austrian Roland Ratzenberger in qualifying the previous day - brought about a number of changes in driver safety in the sport.

The BBC have a documentary about his life in Formula 1 - which, judging by some of the haircuts, is a few years old. Well worth a wee look though, and you can see it here.


Caron 1 May 2009 at 12:29  

You've brought a tear to my eye, Malc. The days of Senna and Prost's rivalry were legendary.

You're right - he didn't understand the meaning of the word moderation and pushed everything to the limit the whole time. Truly enthralling to watch.

I remember that Imola race and that awful crash and sitting numb on the sofa waiting for news for the rest of the afternoon. I was a lot more than 9, too....

There had been another accident as well as Ratzenberger's death and he had been very concerned about safety - he was setting up what has now become the GPDA and was going to lead the drivers to campaign for more safety measures.

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