Reviews Martin Brundle: Ayrton Senna was a "contradicting character"

23:10  10 january  2021
23:10  10 january  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Ayrton Senna da Silva (March 21, 1960 – May 1, 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver and three-time Formula One world champion. I started racing go-karts. And I love karts. It's the most breathtaking sport in the world. More than F1, indeed, I used to like it most. TV Interview Roda Viva, TV Cultura 1986.

In this exclusive extract from a new book to mark the 20th anniversary of Ayrton Senna 's death, Martin Brundle recalls his battle with the Brazilian driver for the 1983 British Formula 3 title.

Senna und Brundle 1983 in der britischen Formel 3 © LAT Senna and Brundle 1983 in British Formula 3

Ayrton Senna is still considered a Formula 1 legend 26 years after his tragic accident in Imola, surrounded by a myth . The Brazilian cast a spell over the masses and delighted the fans with his reckless driving style as well as with his extraordinary talent. "He was an extraordinary man," recalls companion Martin Brundle on ' Sky '.

Ayrton Senna, Martin Brundle © Motorsport Images Ayrton Senna, Martin Brundle

Senna dominated the British Formula 3 championship in the 1983 season at will. He won twelve of the total of 20 races and prevailed in the championship fight against Brundle. The Briton was able to decide three races in his favor.

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Martin Brundle . The Fly II. Ayrton Senna . Martin John Brundle (born 1 June 1959) is a British racing driver, best known as a Formula One driver and as a commentator for ITV Sport from 1997 to 2008, the BBC from 2009 to 2011 and Sky Sports from 2012.

In part 4, Peter Windsor refers to a chat he had with Martin Brundle in 1997 about Ayrton 's driving and about his character and personality. Only a small

"I talked to him a lot in 1983. A rather contradicting character in many ways. His drive was his heart, not so much his head. I saw many of his patterns that I saw in Formula 3 in Formula 1." , Brundle remembers the early years.

Senna was ready to "let it come down to an accident"

Both got promoted to Formula 1 in 1984, Senna drove Toleman, Brundle for Tyrrell. The exceptional talent also remained true to himself in the premier class. "For example, he was always ready to risk an accident if he wanted to prove something. To hit you psychologically."

Brundle also clashed with Senna several times. These skirmishes only stopped when the Briton no longer gave in. He had previously been involved in several "violent accidents" with the Brazilian, for example in Oulton Park in 1983. Senna wanted to overtake inside, but got on and landed on the British car.

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Ayrton Senna da Silva (March 21, 1960 – May 1, 1994), better known as Ayrton Senna , was a Brazilian Formula 1 driver who won the championship three times, in 1988, 1990 and in 1991. He died in an accident that took place on the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, better known as Imola

Ayrton Senna had it, Michael Schumacher definitely had it, and Nigel Mansell too. Sky F1’s Martin Brundle reflects on the Baku clash between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel and examines So we have this fascinating mix of three very different characters all going for the same target and right

Ten years later there was another crash between Senna and Brundle, this time in Monza 1993. The Brazilian slid into the rear of the car in front of him while braking. "He adjusted his braking balance and braked too late in the second chicane. He stormed over to me," remembers the Ligier driver at the time.

"Paradox" Senna: Was the first to look after everything

That was the "paradox" Senna: "On the one hand, he was always ready to drive you into the car if he felt he was right. Just like him did it in Suzuka with Alain Prost. "

Damon Hill, Senna's immediate team-mate at Williams in 1994, confirms: "Sometimes he rode with so much anger in his stomach that it took hold of him."

"On the other hand," Brundle interjects, "he was the first to get out of his car to run to you and see if you were okay." At that moment in the Italian Grand Prix, Senna Brundle was "tough" in the crash barriers.

"I thought: 'If you come running up now, you will get one on your face, because that was just your fault!' But he was extremely worried that he might have hurt me. "

When Brundle was able to get out unharmed, a switch in Senna's head flipped: "His head switched to the championship because he was stuck in a big title fight with Prost. We stood at the guardrails and watched the others how they looked at us drive past "

That's when he started to calculate, Brundle still knows today. Another peculiarity of the three-time world champion will stay in his memory forever: "He always had the feeling that the system was against him. He thought the British motorsport system was against him in British Formula 3."

In Formula 1, too, he saw an opponent in the FIA ​​and Jean-Marie Balestre. "He always carried that with him." That is why Brundle describes Senna today as an "unusual character". But it is also undisputed for him: "He is an icon. His reputation will last forever."

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