Articles tagged Ayrton Senna

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Damon Hill: "I went from Sports Personality of the year to being a nasty smell."

Damon Hill’s turbulent relationship with Williams led to him losing his drive on the brink of becoming World Champion. The men at the heart of this tale talk candidly for the first time about what went wrong. By Andrew Benson This is the story of how Damon Hill came to lose his drive and win the World Championship at the same time. It is about the disintegration of a professional relationship,...

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F1 driver... for a day

Senna began his 1983 British F3 campaign with nine straight victories. F1 powerhouse Williams soon invited him to test an FW08C and Motor Sport completes the trilogy by testing one of those, too Fast-forward to Tuesday, July 19, 1983. Just eight months after his debut F3 win at Thruxton at the previous season’s conclusion, Ayrton Senna is at Donington Park for his first taste of a Formula 1 car....

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From humble beginnings

In 1981, Da Silva wound up in Attleborough with no contract, just the hope of landing a break. Van Diemen founder Ralph Firman gave him a shot, and has just finished restoring Senna’s first title winner The simplicity is striking, likewise the purity of purpose. There are no frills, no major sponsors, no immediate clues that Van Diemen RF81 chassis 528 has particular significance, just two small...

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The best, simply

In 1981 a young Brazilian arrived in the UK, straight out of karting. He spoke barely any English and carried little money. Who would have thought that boy formerly known as Da Silva would grow into the motor racing legend that was Ayrton Senna? He won every British championship he contested before his blockbuster 1984 debut in Formula 1. While Senna is gone, his legacy – and the cars that helped...

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Letters: November 2018

Nothing changes No doubt other readers have had the same thought, but one sentence from a recent letter – “This era of subservient team-mates is not racing, it’s manipulation of the outcome to favour one driver” – brought a smile to my face. I remember how during the 1956 Italian Grand Prix, Peter Collins handed his own Ferrari (and, potentially, the world title) to team-mate Juan Manuel Fangio...

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1986 British Grand Prix race report - In the garden of England

  At Brands Hatch, the Williams team gave a demonstration of dominance and quality. Both cars started from the front row and, apart from the first two laps, occupied the leading positions throughout, not even losing the lead during pitstops. Given another lap or so, Mansell and Piquet would have lapped third place man, Alain Prost, for a second time and Prost was in no trouble, he was a full lap...

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The moneyman with soul

John Hogan has worked out of the limelight during his 40 years in Formula 1. But as the sponsor man from Marlboro, he wielded great power within the sport he loved Writer: Damien Smith, Photographer: Howard Simmons Recognise this guy? It would be quite understandable if you didn’t. Yet for the best part of 30 years, he was considered one of the most powerful and influential figures in the Formula...

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"Going up the mountain was fantastic, but going back down was not so good..."

His track record spoke volumes for his potential and there were many who placed great faith in Stefano Modena, a young Italian who preferred to eschew the spotlight. When he reached Formula 1, however, his career momentum simply petered out… Writer: Rob Widdows Aspiring to sing at La Scala is one dream, but others would prefer to score for Juventus. Some think only of designing the perfect suit....

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Here comes the son

Racing folk are aware of his existence, but less sure about the precise role Piero Ferrari plays in the globally famous company established by his father Enzo. Would it surprise you to know he’s been its driving force for many a year, despite popular perceptions to the contrary? Read on as he talks to Motor Sport in a world exclusive Photographer: James Mitchell The man in the shadows of a legend...

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Brazilian Grand Prix

Rio de Janeiro, March 25th In sharp contrast to previous years, the Formula 1 "close season" has been very much longer this winter, stretching from Kyalami in mid-October 1983 until the Brazilian Grand Prix opened the 1984 season on March 25th. In the past many teams have spent time moaning that the break is far too short, giving them nowhere near sufficient time to complete development...

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