Fellow Speedhunters, I've just had the pleasure of attending a screening of the Senna movie, due for worldwide release on October 8th.
Without any doubt, it's a film worth watching. There's a fair bit of never-before-seen footage of the great driver, from family videos to some scintillating on-board footage at Monaco in '88. The film essentially focuses on Senna's life from '84 to '94, though there is also reference to his karting days; "The purest racing I ever did in my life. No politics, no money – just pure racing".
All in all, it's a dignified look at one of the world's greatest divers – though one who was undeniably flawed (think Monza '88 and especially, Suzuka '90). Nobody's perfect, and maybe that's why Senna tugs at the heartstrings of so many diehard F1 fans, his human infallability.
Like all biographical films, this one's directed clearly from Ayrton's side of the ring. Don't get me wrong, I am, and always have been, a huge admirer of the Brazilian's talents, often getting into heated arguments with Prost fans back in the day. But the fact remains, he brought in a whole new level of ruthlessness and intimidation to the sport. And some would say, paved the way for the antics of future stars such as one Michael Schumacher…
No matter what side of the argument you agree with, there's no denying the fact that he brought an entire generation of new fans to F1, such was his prowess behind the wheel. He was also one of the most charismatic drivers of his era.
– Len Clarke