The judge in the Ayrton Senna trial has revealed that he believes steering failure was the cause of the accident which killed the Brazilian.


In his report judge Antonio Costanzo says that steering failure was the most likely cause of the accident at Imola in 1994, and that he could not believe the belief of the defence that Senna could have made a mistake. Nevertheless, he said that he felt compelled to acquit designers Patrick Head and Adrian Newey because (there was no evidence to suggest that their role with the team could involve legal liability. The verdict is that what they did is not a crime.)


Team boss Frank Williams, circuit directors Giorgio Poggi and Federico Bendinelli and FIA inspector Roland Bruynseraede were also cleared of any responsibility. The judge's report now closes the trial.