Like some people remember where they were when Kennedy was shot, I can recall exactly where I was and the shock and horror when the Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna was killed in the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994. He’d not been everybody’s cup of tea, it had to be said, but not one person wished for that day.
This film links together home movies, behind the scenes footage, archive tv appearances and race day action in chronological order, from his beginnings in kart-racing to his career in Formula 1. It shows his determination, skill and looks at the rivalry between Senna and Alain Prost, as Senna attempts to topple the Frenchman’s World Championship title, and the growing animosity between the two team-mates during the early 90’s.
It’s tense, exciting, gripping, funny and also terribly sad. An utterly fascinating biography even if motor-racing isn’t your thing. It’s a poignant and perfect example of documentary making.