A Tribute to Ayrton Senna: Ayrton ‘In the Zone’ : A Film “Review”

Article Title: A Tribute to Ayrton
Senna: Ayrton ‘In the Zone’ : A Film “
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Ayrton Senna, Motor
racing, motor sport, Grand Prix drivers, fil “reviews”, “book reviews”, Formula
One, “the zone”, “in the zone”, sport, success, achievement,
, mind,
mind-power, motivation, champion, elite
sports-people, excellence (enough there now, craig)
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, writing,
internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words
and money management, how boring now, craig)


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Submitter’s Note:

Craig is currently “working” on a new manuscript
‘INSIDE THE MIND OF A GRAND PRIX CHAMPION’, which forms part of true
and inspirational stories of ‘Endless Possibilities: Let the Journey Begin’

“A lot of people go through life doing things
badly. Racing’s important to men who do it well. When you’re racing, it’s life.
Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”

– Steve McQueen in the film ‘Le Mans’





Submitter’s Note:

I came across this great (and well-written) article by a former F1
photogrpapher named Carlos in my research for a book I’m currently writing to be
titled ‘Racing in the Zone’ and/or ‘F1 In The Zone’, so am
sharing as a tribute to the “late and great” Ayrton Senna. (Thanks, Carlos). So


Ayrton Senna Documentary Wins Top Honors at Sundance Film





Monday, January 31, 2011


Ayrton Senna was the greatest race-car driver of all time. He
occupies a singular place at the pinnacle of Formula 1 racing, above the greats
of the sport, from Juan Manuel Fangio and Jim Clark to Gilles Villeneuve and
Formula 1’s winningest champion, Michael Schumacher. In Brazil Ayrton Senna
stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Pele, the world s all-time greatest footballer
and FIFA s athlete of the century, in legendary stature.


And what a legend he was. Ayrton Senna s awesome talent was off the
charts. A racing writer who had considered Gilles Villeneuve to be the best and
most spectacular racecar driver ever changed his mind after watching hours of
film of Senna’s races. He realized, he said, that Senna was spectacular all of
the time. Yesterday, the documentary Senna received top honors in its category
at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Here is a review. It seems to be an
exceptional film about an exceptional man.


Ayrton Senna pushed the envelope to its very limit. He redefined
pushing the envelope. He stepped outside it and took one, two, three a four
steps beyond where anyone had ever gone. Or could go. It’s been said there is no
more intense human activity short of war than Formula 1 racing. Or at least the
Formula 1 racing of the 80s and 90’s, when Senna reigned supreme over rivals
Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, and fellow countryman Nelson Piquet.

There was one memorable confrontation between Ayrton Senna and
Nelson Piquet during the Hungarian Grand Prix that recalled that famous scene in
‘Rebel Without a Cause’ in which the two rivals play a game of chicken by drag
racing to the edge of a precipice. Whoever brakes first “chickens out” and loses
the game. Piquet was in the lead going into the straightaway with Senna fast on
his tail.


Nelson Piquet had the better team, the better car, Williams, and
was vying for the World Driving Championship, which he would go on to win that
year. Senna was the “young gun” driving for Lotus, the legendary team of  hat-tossing Colin Chapman. Lotus had seen
better days with another famous Brazilian racer, Emerson Fittipaldi, and then
Mario Andretti at the wheel, as they steered its striking John Player Special
black-and-gold cars to World Driving and Constructors Championships.


As Senna zoomed up behind Piquet, drafting and dancing in his
mirrors, which did not faze the unflappable Piquet, famous for having the lowest
heart rate in the drivers community and snoozing in his car during a race start
delay – he was piloting an inferior Lotus race-car, which had won its last Grand
Prix races, back-to-back, earlier that year at Monaco and Detroit, owing to
Senna s prodigious talent.


They raced down the straightaway flat-out, sparks flying as the
cars bottomed out on the rough Hungarian track. Piquet had the lead and the
inside line. Then Senna made his move. He swung outside and pulled up alongside
Piquet. They were racing wheel-to-wheel toward a hard-braking sharp right-hand
turn at the end of the straightaway. Senna was supremely confident of his
ability to outbrake anyone going into a turn and still maintain control of the
car. Piquet knew it. He knew that if he braked too soon, he would be overtaken
by Senna. Too late and he would be forced to over-compensate, losing his line
and taking a wide outside turn. He knew Senna would shoot the inside gap and
have him, either way. So Piquet took the only option left to retain the lead. He
dived into the corner, “hot” braking (ever so) late and hard, going into a
controlled skid. Piquet’s rear end waggled momentarily; but then his tires
gripped asphalt and accelerated out, holding his line, with Senna’s black Lotus
boring in and riding up his tail.


It was racing in its purest form. Nelson Piquet had
the better car, yet had to summon every trick in his arsenal to hold off the
hard-charging Ayrton Senna. It was a risky manoeuvre, but it probably saved
Piquet the championship. I remember thinking, ‘Yo Senna, cut your compadre a
break; he s got enough troubles handling teammate Nigel Mansell without you
giving him a hard time’.


But that’s not how Ayrton Senna thought. He finished second that
day, behind Piquet, and looked none too happy about it. Senna once said about
losing: “Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.”


Senna had many memorable quotes:


Racing, competing, he said, it ‘s in my blood. It s part of
me, it’s part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out
above everything else.


And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly
can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your
instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.


And suddenly I realized that I was no longer
driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was
in a different dimension


(His famous words on qualifying at Monaco in 1988, when he was
almost in a zen-like state and almost an unheard of 2 seconds faster than his
nearest and bitterest rival)


Having seen Ayrton Senna drive at the peak of his Zen-like
performance, it once occurred to me that the phrase ‘in the zone’ could have
been conjured up with him in mind. After several unsuccessful attempts to
capture this ethereal quality, because he was too fast for my camera’s shutter,
I think I got close with this shot of Senna on his way to winning the 1988
Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. It’s not a camera trick or Photoshop.
Everything around him is a speed blur. But Senna’s famous red and white McLaren
stands out in high relief, as if floating within a bubble of calm. Not too bad
for an amateur photographer!


That was Ayrton Senna ‘in the zone’. Some of those performances
were so amazing that he’d take the lead and keep increasing it until he had
lapped almost the entire field and was nearly a minute ahead of his closest
competitor. That is unheard of. Senna lost a few races this way, such that once
having eliminated his competition early, he raced against himself trying to top
his own personal best. With fewer than ten laps remaining, he didn t fail, but
his car sometimes did, breaking down mechanically. It was frustrating to think
that if only he’d eased off, he could have coasted to victory. But that wasn’t
Ayrton Senna.


On compromise, this is what the uncompromising Ayrton Senna had to
say: “You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means: you race
or you do not. (President Obama must have channeled Senna, when he was
criticized for compromising on taxes with the Republicans.)


Ayrton Senna had a sense of fatalism about how he lived his life.
Four months before his death, he said: “If I m going to live, I want to live
fully. Very intensely, because I am an intense person. It would ruin my life if
I had to live partially.”


Posted by Carlos at Monday, January 31, 2011 




Thanks for sharing a great piece of writing, Carlos…. which in
turn, I’m passing on…


If YOU set your heart on it, you can test,
challenge and surpass your own “perceived limits” as YOU too “get into your own

Reach for the stars and discover the champion of
life in YOU …through playing your own brand of music on the magical journey of

Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration
Distributer + totally unmusical motor racing fanatic and petrol-head”)

“Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are
made from something they have deep inside them – an inner flame that burns
brightly…with purpose, desire and
True champions live the dream, the vision of who and what they can
one day become…. even a long time before it happens.”
– craig

” I truly believe we can ALL create and enthuse
magic into ‘so-called humdrum little lives’. You don’t just have to be the
choreographer, or the conductor of your life script –
rather paint your life
as the masterpiece it could (one day) be. There is a rich tapestry of talent in
every human soul, that flows through the spirit of God. So don’t spend
days stringing and tuning your instrument; start making and playing your
unique tunes of music right now.”

“Success: how and the spirit with which you face,
then overcome the daily obstacles, the frequent trials and tribulations along
often rocky path-way of life’s magical and mysterious journey. Light your
path brightly.”
– craig

About the submitter:
Craig is a motor racing
“fanatic” ( a petrol-head”), who believes in (and loves) helping others to find
their passions and gifts… through encouraging people to reach out for, then
accomplish their “wildest” dreams. He truly believes people can overcome
obstacles, rise to any occasion, and accomplish their dreams, even ‘Endless
Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ in life with enough FAITH and
Craig is currently “working” on a new manuscript ‘INSIDE THE
MIND OF A GRAND PRIX CHAMPION, which forms part of true and inspirational
stories of ‘Endless Possibilities: Let the Journey Begin’

He’s also  currently writing
a new book to be titled ‘Racing in the Zone’
and/or ‘F1 In The Zone’.  Obsessive or


The various books that Craig “felt inspired
to write” are available at:


The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from
his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see
how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even
inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and so become ‘ever more champions
of life’.”

This article may be freely published, with
acknowledgment to the source web site, thanks


For dearest dad and ‘pal’, another ‘champion’ –
see the dream never died…it’s just taken another course!

“Sometimes you have to give up the life you had
planned… in order to live the life you were meant to live.”


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