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He had no fear. As the great rivals raced to victory, their relationship deteriorated badly, culminating in Prost accusing Senna of deliberately trying to ride him off the circuit, and fearful that the Brazilian would get someone killed with his daring overtaking feats. Yet he remains faithful to himself—one moment the intelligent, articulate interviewee; the next a jokester; the next the single-minded, focused, strategic racer with split-second skills the rest of us can only dream of.
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By Caroline Jones on 11 September There are many books about the dangers of F1 and this particular tragedy, but none that I've read have come close to this.
Not only is it an eloquent analysis of the accident, the trials and the subsequent changes made in Formula One, but it is also a poignant reminder of what Senna meant to the F1 world and to the people of his native Brazil. Williams covers every angle - he does not try to deify Senna, yet he still manages to write a fitting testimony to one of the greatest drivers in F1 history. For the F1 fan, an excellent read, one which I highly recommend, but for the Senna fan, an absolutely essential book - you will never read anything that paints a truer picture of your hero.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report abuse. By A customer on 23 August After four months the fire that had not been extinguished continued to burn inside him and he made the decision to return to motor racing, his wife would not. Having grown up in a life of luxury Liliane knew that life with Ayrton would be difficult and that many sacrifices would be necessary as he struggled to move up the ranks.
They mutually decided to separate and his father would provide partial sponsorship in addition to a Brazilian bank for another year of racing. In he won 22 races and the championship for that year. Though Senna's racing career would be far too short, his legacy lives on, and Senna is a gripping reminder of how blazing a talent can be--even behind the wheel of a car. The next stop would be Formula Three, which was the last step before Formula 1.
The British Formula Three Championship was made up of 20 odd races and proved the perfect test of man and machine. Two drivers entered as pre-season favorites, Ayrton Senna, as he was now known and the great British hope Martin Brundle. Senna promptly ran up nine straight victories before crashing out in practice for the next race which was won by Brundle. The series now became a contest between the two pre-season favorites with neither driver backing down. The Championship would be decided in the final race at Thruxton.
Senna, showing the determination and attention to details that would be his hallmark, had his engine re-built and tuned by the master tuners Novamotor of Italy. Senna took pole and won the race and the title going away. The end of the year for Formula Three was celebrated in the Portuguese enclave of Macau at the Macau Grand Prix with drivers from all of the national series. Senna won and negotiations between him and a number of Formula One teams became serious. This also became a time where Senna was introduced to the politics of the senior Formula.
After wanting to go to Brabham but being vetoed by Piquet, Toleman became his only option. Strictly a second-tier team, Toleman was able to sign the most promising driver in a generation to a three-year contract. Senna made his Formula One debut in front of his home country in driving for the Toleman team but things were different then Formula Three.
Here even the best driver without the right car and engine would not be able to make much of an impression on the leader board. The team would eventually form the basis for the Benneton team but at that time was strictly a back marker and the best that he could do was qualify eighth. The next race at San Marino was a new experience for Ayrton; he failed to qualify. After the initial series of races in his inaugural season the results were slow in coming.
Jun 06, StyLuna rated it it was amazing. Mar 12, Sthitadhi Roy rated it really liked it. Well, me being a hardcore Senna fan, there was no way I could not have liked the book. The book is very well written and very well compiled. The thing that impressed me the most about Christopher Hilton was the unbiasedness that he maintained right throughout the book, even though he himself is a self-proclaimed Senna worshiper, The way he uses quotes from other people whenever he has to use any adjectives for Senna is very nice.
Another thing is Hilton remains very honest about Senna throughout Well, me being a hardcore Senna fan, there was no way I could not have liked the book. Another thing is Hilton remains very honest about Senna throughout the book, he doesn't shy away from telling us how Senna lacked temperament and tactical skills early on in his racing career.
Another thing that impressed me very much about the book is the author manages quite a few interviews from rare people who were actually very close to Senna like his personal chopper pilot, his team managers in FF and FF junior categoriesthe owners of his favorite restaurant in Imola etc. Though quite a lot has been written and said about Senna's Formula 1 career and his meteoric rise, I had never come across such a comprehensive documentation of his early racing career like the World Karting Championship, FF, F etc.
As I said before Hilton doesn't shy away from telling us how he failed to win the karting championship even after trying desperately for many times, how he was beaten there owing to his inexperience. The author also gives due respect to the drivers who actually managed to give Senna a run, not only in F1 but also in the junior categories. As a digression, sometimes I feel amused as well as disappointed that Martin Brundle who was the only driver who could come close to Senna in F, now does regular gridwalks and commentary on British TV whereas Senna is nothing less than a God.
However there were areas where the book did not meet my expectations. I had expected more on the interview with Sir Jackie Stewart, what went on after Suzuka 89 and some other incidents like this.
I had also expected a bit more on the Senna Foundation and since this is the latest update to all Senna books by Hilton, I would not have minded it being a couple of hundred pages fatter. Jul 28, Aileen rated it it was amazing. To say I have been deeply touched by the story of this amazing man is an understatement. The biography is fantastically written detailing his racing career in great detail and defining Senna as the great man he was.
I pray I meet him in Heaven one day. Mar 17, Jb Warren rated it liked it Shelves: How do you rate a book like this? The content was breathtakingly comprehensive. Filled with quote after quote after quote, it could be said that this was a print version of the Senna documentary.
The book provided remarkable insights I might not have found anywhere else. Tenses changed within paragraphs and even within a single sentence. Quotes were not parsed to fit narrative context. It was a frustrating read. Yet, the content was so rich I'm still glad I pushed through to the end. May 11, John rated it liked it Shelves: Being a life long scatterbrain I am amazed by people like Senna who's total focus and concentration on the task at hand is unimaginable.
He ability to asses a cars performance has no peers. But his death, like those of Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt and Gilles Villeneuve, prove that consummate skill cannot overcome mechanical problems or just plain bad luck. Over the years I have read lots of books referencing Senna but I really enjoyed this one because it covered a lot of his racing career before he go Being a life long scatterbrain I am amazed by people like Senna who's total focus and concentration on the task at hand is unimaginable.
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Over the years I have read lots of books referencing Senna but I really enjoyed this one because it covered a lot of his racing career before he got into Formula Sep 30, Chris rated it it was ok. Out of the 3 Senna books I have read, this, I must say, disappointed me. It seemed to be an awful lot of guesswork on maybe the clothes he was wearing on certain days or what he may have been thinking.
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There was an awful lot of text that was not needed and could have been cut out which would have made for a more concise and interesting read. I remember sitting under the table watching the race being 13 years old and first thinking it was just a crash like they happen in F1.
Then not understanding well what was happening and just staring, tears in my eyes. The day after I went on a school trip for a week to the Ardennes and I still see the front pages of news when stopping for a break on the motorway. I felt so quiet. This book was in a calm way really nice to read because it seems to be written in a respectfull, beautiful way, while I remember sitting under the table watching the race being 13 years old and first thinking it was just a crash like they happen in F1.
This book was in a calm way really nice to read because it seems to be written in a respectfull, beautiful way, while it also gives you facts about Senna as a person, driver. I don't see him as a saint who did everything right and was always right.
But he was a driver and person in a completely different category in the world of F1 and till now, nobody has ever come near to who and what he was and did. Reading about what I saw that day, twenty-one years later was good, it felt good. May 10, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: A lot of people don't like this biography about Ayrton Senna.
Anyway, a lot of that escaped me because I quite enjoyed it. Okay, yes, it is ridiculously bias, almost a bible of worship to the late great Ayrton Senna, but I A lot of people don't like this biography about Ayrton Senna. Okay, yes, it is ridiculously bias, almost a bible of worship to the late great Ayrton Senna, but I was a fan of his back in the day and it provides a lot of interesting details about his life and the correlating events that happened after.
Feb 20, Clive Maddison rated it it was amazing. This book is very well written and gives a detailed and personal view of an extraordinary man. I had no problem getting through this substantial work, but I have followed formula one for many years, including the tragic weekend when Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenburger were killed.
The book, however, gives much more of the man rather t This book is very well written and gives a detailed and personal view of an extraordinary man. The book, however, gives much more of the man rather than just the racing driver. Feb 17, Indah Threez Lestari rated it it was amazing Shelves: Di tahun aku menangis sampai bercucuran air mata saat mengetahui Senna telah tiada.
Dan sekarang, membaca kisah hidupnya, aku kembali bercucuran air mata saat tiba di kisah matinya. Hanya seorang Senna yang mampu membuatku tertarik mengikuti balapan F1 dengan setia, dan hanya karena ia telah tiada aku tidak lagi mengikutinya. Buku ini bercerita tentang Senna secara netral, baik dari kelebihan dan kekurangannya, kekuatan dan kelemahannya. This is one of the gr - Oh. This is one of the greatest men that I truly admire. Sep 30, Chris rated it it was amazing. Just a truly fantastic book. By the end of it, I felt I had known Senna his entire life, and for a book written by someone else, about a person who is dead, that is very very special!
It took me 6 months to find something else to read after this because nothing could hold my interest after this incredible book.
A great book on one of the greats also really like the movie. Done thoroughly and with great respect for all concerned. The tragic events of Ratzenberger's death that weekend is looked at completely seperately to afford him the dignity he deserves. The authors also carefully consider all the theories and evidence for the cause of Senna's death without claiming to have a definite answer. Senna was undoubtably one of the world's greatest motor racers but this came at a price.
He was single minded about winning and believed he should win, to the point that it Done thoroughly and with great respect for all concerned.
He was single minded about winning and believed he should win, to the point that it excused any and all behaviour that brought him closer to that goal. He was too aggressive a driver to be a favourite of mine but I can't deny he was most likely the greatest. He comes across as quite a volatile personality, remembering events as he wishes to remember them and using people for his own purposes. Even when he invited the "love of his life" out he hedged his bets and invited some other girls as well. For a large book this has been well laid out so it's easy to read.
It's split not only into seasons but also noteworthy events such as his feud with Prost. The downside of this is that the same thing can be reported twice in successive chapters making it sound slightly repetitve, especially when they repeat quotes.
The new film seems to be this book brought to the screen. Or perhaps the essence of this book since it focuses on his Formula One career only. Apr 03, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: Excellent book although there's a lot of bias.
So much detail about the life of a legend. One thing that sticks out is the impact of Senna's death on the racing and the sport's history. Safety grew because of his death, but we are at the point now in that safety is overreaching. This is Formula One, it is suppose to be dangerous; that's apart of the allure the sport offers.
The other impact of his death is Michael Schumacher's records. He probably would not achieved all of what he's achie Excellent book although there's a lot of bias. He probably would not achieved all of what he's achieved with Senna around. Aug 13, Riccardo Paterni rated it really liked it Shelves: Te topic if the book is fascinating and it feels like decently researched, the writing swings from repetitive to straight boorish; in any case it's a read you cannot put does if you are a motor racing passionate.
Senna's unique mystique springs up thought the book: It is a must read if you want to become a better r Te topic if the book is fascinating and it feels like decently researched, the writing swings from repetitive to straight boorish; in any case it's a read you cannot put does if you are a motor racing passionate.
It is a must read if you want to become a better racing driver or if you truly want to understand what the really outstanding ones do Dec 08, Jack rated it really liked it. An insightful and broad writing of the life of the late great grand prix legend Ayrton Senna. The books gives an in-depth account of the entire life of Senna from growing up in Brazil and his first forays into motor sport in Europe to his life in the spotlight and ultimately his untimely death.
Much has been written about Senna but this book stands up there with the best of them. I recommend this book. Dec 30, Adam Bull rated it it was amazing.