Senna writer Manish Pandey introduces the story

19th October 2010

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Senna is the true story of Brazilian Ayrton Senna who many believe was the greatest racing driver who ever lived.  At the age of 24, he exploded on to the Formula One scene, in the deluge of a street race in Monte Carlo, then spent the next decade as the sport’s brightest star, shattering records, living life on the very edge and fighting the off-track politics which kept him from what he most loved: ‘Pure racing.’

In his quest to establish himself as the best, Senna engaged in an intense rivalry with World Champion, Alain Prost, which become the stuff of motor-racing myth and culminated in several high-speed on-track incidents which could have cost either man his life.

By the age of 31, Senna was a triple World Champion, the world’s biggest sporting icon and had the status of a God in Brazil.

But Formula One can also be a cruel sport and at The San Marino Grand Prix in 1994, hundreds of millions of people watched tragedy unfold at the blackest weekend in the sport’s history – culminating in the death of Ayrton Senna – and an outpouring of grief that is reserved for Heads of State.

Sixteen years on and Senna is a legend in Formula One and a Saint in his native Brazil. 

Photograph © Schlegelmilch 

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