F1 » Ayrton Senna first F1 tests

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Skid Carrera - Unregistered

June 08, 2011 11:46 AM

I cried in May 1st 1994, and I cried again watching this. Even then, without a contract or any record in F1, he knew exactly where he was going, and felt able to comment on the competitiveness of the Toleman as if he were an experienced veteran! He had a presence and gravitas that no driver, before or since has projected. Schumacher, and the other great champions to come, can only dream of earning such universal respect. Hamilton does not even deserve the same helmet colour!

Tiago - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 12:50 AM

He was the greatest to watch. So many outstanding performances over the years! Something every F1 fan, over 25 years old or more gonna miss, regardless of his nationality!

Senna forever!

Oli - Unregistered

May 29, 2011 2:29 PM

The story behind how the camera came to be at the Williams test is a funny one, recited by photographer Keith Sutton in Tom Rubython's book "The life of Senna". The passage, told by Sutton, is this:

"Senna called me and said it was a secret test. I need you to be there to take pictures, so we can get some publicity". The irony was lost on the young Brazilian.

I grew up watching Senna, Prost, Mansell and then Schumacher, like a lot of people in their late 20's and early 30's. He was killed on my 10th birthday, and I find him fascinating. His mind-set of absolute 'on the limit, all the time' racing was unique - Schumacher and Prost were more calculating, and perhaps ultimately more successful. But Senna's style and myth created a legend the other two could never have.

JakobusVdL - Unregistered

May 29, 2011 5:57 AM

He never lacked confidence did he?
I wonder if Frank Williams and Ron Dennis ever look back and wonder what would have happened if they had signed Senna at that stage?

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