The story behind the film
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.