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The Man that is Aryton Senna

By Hkapd on 10 Nov 2012

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Ayrton Senna, possibly the greatest driver to have ever lived.

Recently I got to watch the movie "Senna" in which it documented the life of Ayrton Senna from when he first set foot in Europe to race in a karting championship till his highly controversial death at Imola in 1994.

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Having driven during the period when piloting a F1 car can be likened to strapping a gorilla to your back, Ayrton Senna not only shone above all the other drivers of his time, he quite literally left them a planet's distance behind.

F1 has also never seen as much drama and as much tenacity since Ayrton Senna's time. His bitter battle with then team mate Alain Prost almost saw him quit altogether. Yet, despite the goliath of the FIA against him, Senna bounced back and claimed his 3rd world title.

Personally, I think that Ayrton Senna's greatest and most heroic moment was when he brought home the championship to his home country, Brazil, in 1991 despite having his gearbox stuck in 6th gear for the final few laps.

He drove so hard, that after he cross the chequerd flag, he passed out momentarily and was in extreme pain from muscle spasms.

His pain was clearly evident in his face when he tried to lift the trophy on the podium in his home ground.

Jump to 3:25 to see the moment when he lifted the trophy.

If you guys have yet to watch "Senna" the movie, I urge you all to go have a look. Be inspired by his humble nature, his out of this world driving skills and his gritty tenacity to never bow down to the uglies of these world.

So, go look it up at your local video stores. I'm pretty sure they stock it for rental.

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