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

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Article Title: A Tribute to Ayrton Senna: Ayrton ‘In the Zone’ : ‘Senna’ – A Film “Review”
Submitted by: Craig Lock
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A TRIBUTE TO AYRTON SENNA: AYRTON ‘IN THE ZONE’

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’

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 enjoy…

“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’ (1971)

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.”

-The “late great” Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna Documentary Wins Top Honors at Sundance Film Festival

From:

http://thinkingorsitting.blogspot.com/2011/01/ayrton-senna-documentary-wins-top.html

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

From:

http://thinkingorsitting.blogspot.com/2011/01/ayrton-senna-documentary-wins-top.html

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

craig (another passionate F1 fan)

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

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 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 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 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 your
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 the
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 PERSISTENCE.
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 WHAT!!!

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

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

www.lulu.com/craiglock and http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock

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

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

“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

PPS

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.”

 

“I want to write the way Gilles Villeneuve drove and power-slid his blood-red Formula One Ferrari… with wild enthusiasm and a sense of abandonment, combined with the artists craft of a Stirling Moss, a Jim Clark, and especially that of the great Ayrton Senna, living on the razor-blade edge of life.”
for dearest mom and dad, your spirits lives on (forever)
thanks for all the support, encouragement and especially love
“All the world will be happier and better, when men and women have the souls of artists,, like that of an Ayrton Senna.
– craig (as inspired by Rodin’s famous words)
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2 Responses to “A Tribute to Ayrton Senna: Ayrton ‘In the Zone’ : ‘Senna’ – A Film “Review””

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