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

Red Bull technical guru Adrian Newey has admitted the death of Ayrton Senna still haunts him.

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October 04, 2013 1:21 PM

Steering was definitely a factor. Oversteer does not preclude steering column from flexing/buckling in Senna's hands. 2007 Italian Supreme concluded steering issues lead to crash. Car was aerodynamically unstable. Sidepods were too long and coming too close the the ground stalling the floor and flow to the diffuser. Also there was a flaw with rear suspension geometry compromised by Renealt V10 engine the active ride compensated for. So with unstable car and steering bending downwards in his hands Senna hesitating figuring out what was going on could not keep car on track and slammed on the breaks because he thought the steering was breaking (which it was in the process doing so). Newey said the car did not have a broad enough aerodynamic ride height map and the car was way too peaky. Essentially the car was unfit to race and compromised on so many levels.

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