The story be­hind the film

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - YOUR TV WEEK -

Senna met his maker on May 1, 1994, dur­ing a par­tic­u­larly fate­ful week­end of Grand Prix rac­ing in San Marino. On the first day of qual­i­fy­ing, Brazil­ian Rubens Bar­richello was knocked un­con­scious and al­most died af­ter hit­ting a kerb at high speed, while on the se­cond day, Aus­trian driver Roland Ratzen­berger was killed in a head-on col­li­sion with the bar­ri­ers af­ter fail­ing to ne­go­ti­ate a bend – the day be­fore Senna’s death in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances. Af­ter Senna’s fa­tal crash, an Aus­trian flag was found in his car – pre­sum­ably to be un­furled in trib­ute to Ratzen­berger af­ter the race. His death, the last driver fa­tal­ity in For­mula One, had a dramatic im­pact on mo­tor rac­ing, not least in terms of safety – and that’s a fit­ting trib­ute to Senna.

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