I have been a fan of formula since the mid 70’s, so I was always going to see this film – Senna was and will always be such a legend in the sport on and off the track. But even if you know very little about motor sport this is a film has a wider appeal. Yes there are many clips of motor racing but what makes this documentary film great is the sheer honesty and humanity of Senna which come through this documentary.
Although the cause of the accident was identified as a steering column failure, doubts still exist, and there were unsuccessful several court cases bought against the Williams team for manslaughter.
In one of the interviews in the film British Formula one champion Jackie Stewart, asks Senna why he has had more collisions than any other driver. Senna who was visibly angry at Stewart’s question (him being a former champion) but his response is what really the difference between Senna and most of the other drivers. He said when you are a racing driver and, you no longer go for gaps – then you are no longer a racing driver……you should give up. He was competitive he went on to win the race finishing down the field was never an option. His driving ability in wet conditions has only been matched by Schumacher in my opinion, with advanced technology of today’s cars. As it can be seen in the film he understood how dangerous the sport was and questioned the authority of officials on safety for all drivers.
It’s a shame it took the deaths of Aryton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger to see improved track and car safety, no diver has died since that weekend in 1994. This is a film worth seeing and one that give you real insight into Aryton Senna the person.
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