F1 » Newey: Senna's death still haunts me to this day


Adrian Newey: He joined Williams because we had managed to build a decent car for the previous three years and he wanted to be in the team he thought built the best car - and unfortunately that '94 car at the start of the season wasn't a good car...

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SkidCarrera

October 02, 2013 4:36 PM

This shows the human side of a man F1 regards almost as a God. I think it also shows that all great design is not the work of a soulless automaton, but comes from passion, humility and a willingness to admit when you're wrong. Newey would be on my list of dream dinner guests.

Slagheap

October 02, 2013 5:55 PM

A great pity we never saw one of the greatest designers and one of the very best drivers have a long term partnership together. It would have diluted Schumacher's results greatly.
The team must feel awful and bear a lot of responsibility emotionally for the terrible outcome of Senna''s crash.
F1 changed forever that day........

an4rew

October 02, 2013 6:41 PM

I think Adrian is being quite honest here, i also think Senna was pushing the car too much in combination with setting the floor too low to the ground.
Probably only Senna could have driven that car like he did and ultimately it led to his death sadly.

107SS2009

October 02, 2013 7:34 PM

Might be of interest, (court testimony of Charlie Whiting) “Whiting said that Senna's car had been modified without permission before the race” “Whiting was asked by the court to explain why he had contravened his own regulations by giving the black box taken from Senna's car to the Williams team before handing it over to officials” which thereafter resulted in all efforts made at the circuit to read the data were in vain. this man is still policing F1!

Mark _

October 02, 2013 8:00 PM

@Sunny - as dubious as that was he really was just protecting the team and the series from an unjust criminal prosecution. In my opinion it was wrong to try and criminalize this freak accident.

107SS2009

October 02, 2013 8:41 PM

Mark, what sort of reasoning are you on about? “Unjust criminal prosecution?” it might be to an expat, but it is supposed to be respected by any other democratic country, “protecting the team?” just imagine a supposed prosecutor or the police doing that in the democracy you live in.
As I said, this man is still at it, supposedly policing the sports, the last time his fine policing of the sports he was involved in was the secret 1000km tyre test.

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