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Remembering Ayrton Senna


20 years ago, racing history was made. Not all history is good, for Ayrton Senna, one of the most revered names in Formula One, died doing what he does best. Leading on lap 7, Senna’s Williams left the track at Tamburello, ran straight into a wall, and perished in front of live viewers. Ask me where I was 20 years ago, and I simply have to point out the window at my office, where I could see my apartment where I lived across the street, and you would see me chain smoking on the balcony, flipping every TV channel hoping to see news that the racing hero I’ve followed since as far I can remember, has come out of the accident alive. Sadly, that wasn’t the case.

Senna was legendary in the world of Formula One even before his death. His natural talent, work ethic, and inhuman focus changed the way Formula One drivers approached the sport. His dedication to fitness, telemetry analysis, and ruthlessness on the track is common place today, but in his era of racing, it was an exception rather than the norm. It was this dedication that allowed him to rise above his peers, even when racing against greats such as Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet, a young Michael Schumacher, and his racing nemesis, Alain Prost. Even though it was 2 decades ago that Senna died, he is still remembered to this date as if he was still alive by several generations of F1 fans.

Review: Senna

May 1st, 1994. I was into the 3rd race of my 2nd year of following Formula 1. That fateful morning in Canada, I watched my racing hero, the man that got me interested in the sport, crash into the wall at Tamburello and die at the San Marino grand prix, live on television. 17 years later, I’m still following Formula 1, watching nearly every race live.

Senna was a Formula 1 legend, a legend that deserves such a great film documenting his life, his career, his mark that he left with us in Formula 1 history. A few beyonders joined me at The Uptown Theatre in downtown Calgary to catch this excellent documentary on the big screen.

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