‘Life at the Limit’: A Tribute (Short) to the “Late Great” Ayrton Senna


Article Title: ‘Life at the Limit’: A Tribute (Short) to the “Late Great” Ayrton Senna

Submitted by Craig Lock
Key Words: Motor racing, Ayrton Senna,, sport, elite performance, champion, champions, Formula 1, great racing drivers, racing drivers, champion drivers, Grand Prix drivers, Grand Prix champions, Formula One champions/drivers, mind, mind-power, “the zone”, success, success principles,
achievement , excellence (enough there now, craig!)

Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”



Submitter’s Note:
Craig is currently “working” on a new manuscript, a “real labour of love” titled ‘INSIDE THE MIND OF A GRAND PRIX CHAMPION’, where we’ll take a look inside the head, the “top two inches” of the very best, the fastest racing driver ever on planet earth.

This short extract forms part of a new manuscript titled ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ , which he’s currently writing.


“Allow me to let you in to a little secret. All Formula One drivers are pretty much identical. Occasionally you get one — like Ayrton Senna — who’s 0.1 per cent better than the rest, but mostly they all have the same ability. I mean it! “

– the opinion of Jeremy Clarkson (from ‘Top Gear’) on Grand Prix drivers

And Stan’s opinion…
“On the whole I agree with Clarkson – they are all pretty much the same talent wise. However, there are a few who are not only very quick, but are also able to ‘manage’ the car over the length of a race – looking after tyres, not over-stressing the engine and gearbox and so on. Then there are a few who are absolutely rubbish at that – the engine breakers and tyre shredders. So, if you put them all in the same car and asked them to do a quick lap, they’d all be within 0.1 of each other; but over the course of an F1 race the smoother drivers would rise to the top. That’s the thing with Senna – he was not only quick, he was very good at managing the car. You rarely saw him at the ragged edge, he never missed an apex (apart from that once and that wasn’t his fault) and you rarely saw him lock his brakes.

And my opinion (humble):
I think there can be quite some difference between the drivers on the grid, emphasized by the different wide disparities between the performance of the cars, especially today (some current F1 drivers shouldn’t be there). And a minimal margin of only .01% between drivers and the very best like an Ayrton Senna is most under-rated!


The great* Brazilian world champion racing driver, Ayton Senna* once said:

* perhaps the greatest ‘racer’ of them all.

“Suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was kind of driving by instinct, only I was in a different dimension. I was way over the limit; but still I was able to find even more. It frightened me, because I realised I was well beyond my conscious understanding.” *
– Ayrton Senna

* from ‘FORMULA 1: The Autobiography’
Edited by Gerald Donaldson (and first published in the UK in 2002 by Wedenfeld and Nicolson). Thanks for the great gift, dad.

Senna once said: “I am able to experience God’s presence on earth. God gives me strength and life is a present that God has given to us… and that we are obliged to keep it, to handle it carefully.” Faith needs work, like everything else. It’s about individual self-realisation. Senna’s faith provided him with an armour of self belief.

Ayrton Senna’s relentless search for perfection took him to places where no driver had been before…

“When I am competing against the watch and against other competitors, the feeling of expectation, of getting it done and doing the best I can gives me a kind of power, that some moments when I am driving actually detaches me completely from anything else as I’m doing it…corner after corner, lap after lap. I can give you a true example.

Monte Carlo 1988, the last qualifying session… Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anyone else, including my team mate with the same car. And suddenly I realised 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. I was like I was in a tunnel.Not only the tunnel under the hotel, but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit, but still able to find even more.”

‘This sort of thing happens to people at a very high level of mental and physical activity, where the intellect and the body combine and it becomes hard to say who is pulling the strings.’ #

# Sourced from ‘The Death of Ayrton Senna’ by Richard Williams (Publisher Viking, Part of the Penguin Group, first published 1995)

* *

A few final vital words to conclude…

“Look across all sport and observe the truly great. All had this zest for combat, this taste for being truly tested. All wished to explore the limits of their own possibilities.

Time after time we are forced to wonder why one great talent succeeds… and another still greater talent falls short? The reason is not mere “the will to win”. Rather it is the will to be tested at the very highest level. It is the ability to not only dwell on the far edge of sporting possibility, but to hold one’s balance…and to relish the proximity of the void.”
-The Times, London

True champions, like an Ayrton Senna, are able to find a new level (of performance) when required, something very special inside themselves. If YOU set your heart on it, you can test, challenge and surpass your own “perceived limits” and YOU too can became a champion!

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

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

“A champion is not a title, but a set of qualities: Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – an inner flame that burns brightly…with dedication, purpose, desire and passion. 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 see that recently Ayrton Senna was voted the best Grand Prix driver of all time by over 200 past and current drivers in ‘Autosport’ magazine)

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, rather than attempting nothing and succeed.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’. I see the dreams that never were and say ‘why not?'”
– Bobby Kennedy

“Our talents are our gifts from God…
but what we do with our talents are our gifts TO God.”

About the submitter:
Craig is a motor racing “fanatic” ( a “passionate 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 PERSISTENCE.
http://www.craiglockbooks.com and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his books on motor racing) are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com

“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’.”


The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”
– craig (as inspired by the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)

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



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2 Responses to “‘Life at the Limit’: A Tribute (Short) to the “Late Great” Ayrton Senna”

  1. craiglock Says:

    Reblogged this on Inside the Mind of a Grand Prix champion.


  2. craiglock Says:

    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT and many hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs…true!) …so hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    Am having to remove many and so sorry can’t reply individually, but DO try to read as many as possible daily,

    I do really appreciate your linking to this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.


    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –


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