Senna (2011)


Senna is a documentary based around the career of Ayrton Senna, regarded by many as the greatest racing driver who ever lived.

It is very much based around his exploits on the track, his private life getting little in the way of screen time, but I suspect that this is a true reflection of an obsessive perfectionist and competitor who lived for his art. My interest in motor racing can best be described as “passing” as I find F1 today a sport in which robots are driven by robots, but the drama provided by the intense and bitter rivalry between Senna and Alain Prost and the interaction between the men and their machines is in sharp contrast to what the sport has become in the wake of Senna’s death.

There’s some thrilling in car footage of the man in action and I personally would have preferred to see a little more of the races themselves, but it’s an interesting and intelligent insight into the career of a man who epitomised his sport.



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