A Star Named Ayrton Senna

Synopsis: The Official Film of Brazil's greatest Formula One driver, Ayrton Senna, who's sudden death in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix sent shock waves around the World. It cemented his reputation both within the sport, and his native Brazil, as a legend. The film looks at his life and career using archive footage and featuring revealing interviews with the man, as well as those who knew him well; friends, family and competitors. It also shows how the Ayrton Senna Foundation, set up in his honor, is working to help under privileged and street-bound children in his native Brazil using sport as an incentive to learn.
 
IMDB:
8.0
Year:
1998
112 min
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Losing for him was already bad...

and losing against me was the worst

thing that could happen to him.

For him, second place

was the first place for losers.

He hated that.

There was nothing for him but winning.

He wanted to psyche his opposition

to think that he was in front of them.

He had to be the quickest all the time.

Ayrton would enter a corner faster

than he'd ever been before...

and trust

that something inside Ayrton Senna...

would get him and the car around the

corner. That's an act of trust or faith.

He prepared his chance,

and when it was there he took it.

And when you weren't correct, no way.

That was aggression.

So at the end if you saw the yellow

helmet, you knew you were in trouble.

I always thought that

he was just too intense about winning.

And he actually believed that

he had a God-given right to win.

You think you have a limit.

As soon as you touch this limit...

something happens and suddenly

you can go a little bit further.

With the power of your mind, your

determination, instinct and experience...

you can fly very high.

Ayrton Senna's talent,

commitment and determination...

carried him beyond normal boundaries.

He displayed a supreme ability

behind the wheel of a car...

but he also demonstrated

an immense depth of character...

of thought and of emotion.

His enormous rivalry with Alain Prost

in the late 80's and early 90's...

extracted every element of his genius.

But if there was one area

where Senna truly flew high...

it was racing in the rain.

His precision in the wet

was just unbelievable.

He felt the car so much more.

In the wet you have to be very precise.

You can't make any sudden moves

with the steering.

You got to be much more gentle.

Ayrton could feel the car

more than the other drivers.

Looking out of my commentary box, I

saw the worst weather I'd ever seen...

at any race anywhere in the world.

It was embarrassing to me

as an Englishman...

that everybody who thinks it rains

all the time in England...

were being proved right.

Ayrton was always very fast

when it was wet.

And this day, he had a little bit

of everything going for him...

and everything against us

to make us look stupid.

We employed somebody

for the weather forecast.

And he was at the airport,

close to the track at Donington.

We were

in permanent contact with him.

So we started the race...

and he was saying, not to me,

but to the engineers...

we were going to have a big shower.

There were some drops.

So I stopped for the tires, we had

a few more drops and then it was dry.

Every time he'd say something,

the opposite happened.

And I had the sad record

of changing tires seven times...

and six of those times

were the wrong way.

He was pissed off all year about having

this Ford engine in his McLaren...

because he wanted the championship,

but he knew he wouldn't make it.

All he could do was to wait

for special circumstances...

and then show everybody what

he could do. That was such a time.

He'd put into his head that he wanted

to be up front in the first lap.

He wanted everybody to look stupid

and that's exactly what he did.

They were making me hold my breath.

At the best of times, you thought: I

can't believe it. He can't stay like this.

He's bound to go off.

And there he just kept going and going.

Nobody knew where anybody was.

I remember the spray as he went.

Everyone else was cautiously going

around thinking:
I better be careful.

He just went:
Go. And he was off.

Gone. It was brilliant.

But he knew he could do it.

I had to go to the pits

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