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It’s been a quarter of a century since you’re gone. Things have changed, others have come, your rivals have grown old, but you have remained the same and unchanged. But how to explain who you are, someone who has 18 today or maybe 24? The biggest, the fastest, or the god on earth?  Many confuse what you were with what you meant to him. Your victories were theirs, the success of the rigid world through your eyes.

Someone who has not experienced you and knows about you only what the older brothers told him, will find it hard to understand. On the track, I have never cheered on you, even though you’ve been driving for “my” team Lotus. This is where an important dividing line is hidden because you are not just a driver, but you were, you are, and you will always be, just a human being. Your exceptional humanity is something that is unjustly ignored by many.

Battles with Alain were often on the edge of the rules and perhaps even over. We all remember “lessons” you gave to young Schumacher and Irvine, but few remember that Mansell has also raised you half a meter above the ground because you were too “ambitious”.

When you stopped in the middle of the track and helped Eric Coma to stay alive, I was sure that you would have done the same thing if Alain Prost was in his place. I believe that even if you hated him so much, you would never have done anything to regret it.  The legend says that you went to the last race with an Austrian flag in your pocket in order to honor a deceased colleague. To someone, you actually did not even know, a rookie, but someone who was close to you.

It’s hard to explain to someone who never experienced you how great man you were. Although it’s been a quarter of a century, you’ve stayed here somewhere with us, just like Ronnie, Gilles, Jimmy and everyone else. What makes this great and unforgettable is exactly this immense humanity with all the positive and negative sides. If you like it or not, nobody can dispute your legacy. If anyone asks me who Ayrton Senna was, I will repeat your sentence, the one that best describes you, you as a human being. Ayrton Senna was a man who knew that the second one is only the first loser.

Simon Jazbec

Ayrton Senna: Conspiracy theories

If you’ve been paying close attention as a full-on fan of F1, then you should know exactly where these Grand Prix finish lines are.

The Ferrari F1 team may have found a loophole from regulation changes heading to the 2019 Formula 1 season, which may be a cause for concern for its F1 rivals

The attention of the competition was aroused primarily by the innovative design of the Ferrari front wing since the concept differs significantly from the solutions used by Mercedes and Red Bull.

According to AMuS, Vettel‘s performance yesterday made other teams be a bit worried, especially Because Alfa Romeo Racing (who has a similar front wing concept like Ferrari) have performed well too.

The Toro Rosso Boss Franz Tost thinks, that copying Ferrari’s concept would be a waste of time.

That would take 3 to 4 months because the entire car would have to be rebuilt drastically. Mercedes drives a completely different concept. Who wants to convert from the Mercedes wing to a Ferrari wing, must change the rest of the car aswell. And that would take weeks to match everything. That could be championship decisive.

Race fans and Formula 1 enthusiasts do not have the luck to watch the race every weekend, so it is from time to time that we also need to get some kind of movie to spin our blood through our veins and raise our hair upright. In the following, we will present our selection of films that I think are worth seeing in the rainy afternoon when there is no race on the schedule.


Rush is a 2013 biographical sports film centred on the Hunt–Lauda rivalry between two Formula One drivers, the British James Hunt and the Austrian Niki Lauda

First of all, it is necessary to define what is a racing movie at all. The racing movie is not every movie in which cars appear. The racing film must include races, passion, competition, etc. So we cannot define Fast and Furious franchise, Cars (animated film), Cannonball, Death Race and no indisputable works like Bullitt (1968), as true racing movies. Now let’s see which movies can be defined as racing movies…

THE GOOD

The big three are definitely: “Rush” (2013), “Grand Prix” (1966) and Le Mans (1971). The “Rush” is an interesting film, despite many historical shortcomings and focusing only on the main two characters. But much better and more impressive is the “Grand Prix” (1966), in which, besides the Hollywood stars, we see the true Formula 1 drivers. We could watch it over and over again. The same story is Le Mans , which without special effects brutally displays prototype races of that era.


One of the ten highest-grossing films of 1966, Grand Prix won three Academy Awards for its technical achievements.

If you prefer to engage in documentary films, then we recommend “Weekend of a Champion” (1972), Senna (2010), “Williams” (2017) or “1” (2013). All extremely good and very realistic.


Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world’s hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France.

THE NOT SO GOOD

Among those we do not recommend is definitely movie called “Driven” (2001), where Sylvester Stallone transferred the Formula 1 story to the CART environment, spiced up with significantly exaggerated effects and events. Sly brought “Driven” to the level of his action films.

After that, the movie “Days of Thunder” (1990), in which Tom Cruise plays a driver without technical knowledge who comes to NASCAR races and, after the drama and rivalry, of course, wins. Yeah.

In 2003 film about Michel Vaillant was released and failed to move this comic book hero into a moving image with some style. Although the film is nicely recorded , it goes way too much in fantasy world. The same could be said about the 2008 “Speed Racer” movie, which does not seem to work anyhow, as it should.

Simon Jazbec

After the catastrophic entry into the Formula 1 hybrid era, Ferrari began a new chapter in 2015. Sebastian Vettel came in, the team’s management took over the ambitious Maurizio Arrivabene, and the construction of the car was entrusted to the young generation of Ferrari engineers led by Simone Resta and Mattia Binotto.

As we are heading towards new F1 season, the Scuderia team fell apart. Pat Fry, Nicholas Tombazis, Stefano Domenicali, Fernando Alonso, Lorenzo Sassi, Simone Resta, Kimi Raikkonen left the team one after another and the last victim was Arrivabene himself.

While it seems that former President Sergio Marchionne worked with a certain vision, the situation is now essentially different.

After a couple of months of silence, John Elkann pulled out his first move, fired Maurizio Arrivabene and set Mattia Binotto on the bench. At the moment when Ferrari seeks every tenth, Elkann withdrew his elite engineer from the garage and sent him to a political fight with Liberty Media and verbal wrestling with Toto Wolff, Helmut Marko and Christian Horner.

It seems that the 2019 season will be groundbreaking for Ferrari in many respects. Sebastian Vettel will probably have the last chance to return the title to Maranello. Despite the fact that the German has a valid contract by the end of the 2020 season, Elkann can also fire Vettel with a special contract clause.

The time of harmony is therefore passing, and Vettel will have to justify his astronomical salary in the 2019 season. If four times world champion will have problems with young Ferrari’s star Charles Leclerc, Elkann would probably not be looking for the next “scapegoat” for too long.

It’s no secret that the Ferrari leadership wants to return Stefano Domenicali, whose return could re-mix the cards at Maranello house and opens a door for the magical return of Fernando Alonso.