Schumacher. Fangio. Vettel. Clark. Moss. Prost. Senna. If there was a Mount Rushmore for Formula One drivers, each would have a strong stake to their claim. Personal memories from childhood would allow Ayrton Senna to be the first cast for immortality in granite. Back in the 80’s, the television brought Senna into my living room. The broadcasts were my window to the world of Formula One. Senna vs. Prost. Senna vs. Mansell. What I didn’t know was that I was watching some of the best rivalries and brightest talents in auto racing history.
Senna was an aggressive magician that took no quarter. I could close my eyes as the cars ran through the tunnel at Monaco and the difference was palpable. Senna was the difference. He simply sounded faster. He was faster. Imagine winning the pole at Monaco by over 1.4 seconds. With the best drivers and hyper-competitive technology, 1.4 seconds – in 1 lap – is an eternity. There were stories of how he’d attack the apex where the car would magically be a hair’s width from the edge. The car would appear to bend around the turn. Its stuff of legend. There was the ’84 Monaco race where Senna was superhuman – so early in his career - in the heaviest of rain. Here’s 10-minutes from the TV broadcast -- http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1091759_watch-senna-catch-prost-in-the-rain-at-monaco-announced-by-james-hunt-video.