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Monaco Grand Prix: Pastor Maldonado arrives in Monaco!

May 21, 2014

Monaco Grand Prix: Pastor Maldonado arrives in Monaco!

Pastor Maldonado arrives in Monaco!
Got this “funny” email, so thought I’d share


PS: Come on Pastor (hope you have a sense of humour!), prove us all wrong and throw some eggs in our faces. Give us a great drive round the streets of the Principality, like you did in Catalunya 2012.
You CAN do it!


“Yet Another Unsafe Release”

May 12, 2014

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Come on now, Pastor. What’s happening, other than paying heaps of dough for your Lotus drive. And I was so excited when “underdog” you (and Williams) held off Alonso all those laps to win the Spanish GP at Catalunya in 2012!

Anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s death

May 3, 2014

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Motorsport: Anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s death
By David Tremayne

5:00 AM Saturday May 3, 2014
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David Tremayne recalls a legend who was able to transcend sport
Technicians check a McLaren Formula One car driven by Brazil’s Ayrton Senna, on display at the Imola track, Italy.
Twenty years on from his untimely death, the legend of Ayrton Senna endures.
Although renowned for his social conscience, the Brazilian ace could be ruthless, even brutal, out on the race track.
“If he wants the world championship badly enough to die for it, he’s welcome to it.”
Ayrton Senna gallery

Alain Prost spoke those bitter words in Portugal in 1988 after his upstart McLaren-Honda teammate Senna had deliberately swerved at him at 300km/h on the main straight.
Prost prevailed that day, but it was the first manifestation not just of Senna’s deep-set desire to beat him but also of the fearsome commitment that the Brazilian brought to his quest to establish himself as the world’s greatest racing driver.
Of course, that little incident was nothing compared with their collision as they raced for victory in Japan the next year, when Prost blocked Senna in the chicane at Suzuka.
That was the culmination of a motor-sporting rivalry that electrified Formula One, exceeded all previously known limits and became a feud. Team boss Ron Dennis had initially laid out his expectations of them behaviourally when Senna joined Prost for 1988, but by mid-1989 he felt obliged to intervene.
“I can remember looking at their faces and thinking, ‘These guys aren’t listening’. So I ramped up the pressure and they still didn’t get it, and the third time they went into shock and said I had been too aggressive. And I told them they had communicated their concerns about having such a strong teammate and that the only way this would work was that the team came first, but that they would have equality.”
To begin with, they got along. But next year the gloves were off.
“They were both to blame for their feud, and broke commitments to one another several times,” Dennis continues. “When they were testing one day at Pembrey I flew up because I was so angry at the way the feud was building up steam. I called both of them kids, and the psychology was that if I was going to be the bad guy and make them hostile towards me, they would unite against me.”
Senna had won the title in 1988, his first; Prost won his third in 1989 before leaving for Ferrari. At Suzuka in 1990, Senna’s resentful belief that Prost had colluded with FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre, also a Frenchman, to have him excluded from a righteous and sensational recovery victory there the previous year, and his frustration at having to start from pole position on the dirty side of the grid because of Balestre, set the scene for the most explosive conclusion to a championship fight. He declared prior to the start: “If he [Prost] gets ahead of me into the first corner, he ain’t gonna make it.”

And he remained true to his threat, keeping his foot flat to the boards and deliberately taking out his rival at the first corner to ensure that he won his own second championship.
Imagine a racer blessed with the delicate skill of a Juan Manuel Fangio or a Jim Clark, but tainted with the brutal ruthlessness of a Mike Tyson, and you start to get a handle on Senna, the man who once declared: “I am not designed to finish second or third, I am designed to win.”

“Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.”

I interviewed him a fortnight after that debacle and asked him to talk me through the incident, using a series of photographs. Incredibly, he refused to believe the evidence before him, even claiming that Prost’s rear wing had fallen off, rather than been removed by his own recklessness. Yet a year later, in a tirade at the same track, he finally was able to admit what the world already knew – he had done it deliberately to rectify the injustice he felt from the previous year.
Of course he was a sublime racer most of the time, combining blistering speed with tenacity and that almost incomprehensible commitment. He set new records for pole positions, and won 41 races and three titles. But why, if he was such a thug occasionally, is he so revered, two decades after his death in the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola on May 1, 1994?
Well, because there were two Sennas. One was that intimidatory hard man, whose occasionally uncouth driving manners, later echoed by his successor Michael Schumacher, filtered down to taint the sport’s grass roots. But behind the carbon fibre-hard shell he had fashioned around himself lived an extraordinarily sensitive and compassionate man, a charismatic philosopher king who was deeply religious and whose conversation was often mesmerising. He was adored by his countrymen not just for his driving skill but for his understated generosity and his determination to use his Senna Foundation to improve the lives of children in Brazil’s myriad favelas.

Ayrton (Japanese GP 1989)
At Japanese GP 1989

Race officials run towards Senna’s car after he crashed 20 years ago (above). Pictures/AP
After he had crashed while leading at Monaco in 1988, where he had pulped Prost by an embarrassing 1.427 sec in qualifying but lost concentration while running half a minute ahead of the Frenchman, he opened up about his religious beliefs.
“After that accident, God started to talk to me through the Bible. I opened the book, I prayed, I opened up my emotions, I was asking Him and I opened the book exactly where my questions were answered and from where I got courage and persistence.”

He might not always have driven in a manner of which God might have approved, but in so many other things he was a generous spirit. The French driver Erik Comas, who was distraught at Imola after seeing Senna’s accident in close-up, never forgot the way Senna had stopped to help him when he had crashed in Belgium the previous year.
“I was so shocked and ineffectual. Helpless,” he said of Imola. “My spirit and body wanted to go and join him on the track, but there was nothing I could do. I completely cracked.
“Especially in this moment I remembered when I had my big crash in Spa, when Ayrton came to stop my engine while I was unconscious.
“You cannot forget someone like that. He maybe saved my life. He was not the first one on the scene. Many cars passed, including my own teammate but only Ayrton stopped.”
Senna was always there when rivals met trouble. He went to the scene of Martin Donnelly’s terrible accident in Jerez in 1990, and did likewise with Roland Ratzenberger, the gentle rookie who died the day before his own demise.
Had he won at Imola, Senna, the compassionate Brazilian, had intended to wave an Austrian flag in Ratzenberger’s memory.
An hour after the Donnelly accident, he revealed his true mettle, by returning to the track and smashing the lap record as if to prove that no mere circuit could break the human spirit.
I asked him about that extraordinary performance.
Had he deliberately ventured to the edge of the pit and looked over to learn something, to prove something to himself?
There was a very long pause. Thirty-seven seconds. His deep brown eyes welled up. When he finally spoke, his voice was a whispering rasp that you had to strain to hear. “For myself,” he said. “I did it because anything like that can happen to any of us. I didn’t know how bad it was. I knew it was something bad, but I wanted to go to see for myself.”
There was another long pause, as I asked him if he felt he’d had to be brave to do that. Now his eyes were swimming.
“As a racing driver there are some things you have to go through, to cope with,” he said at last. “Sometimes they are not human, yet you go through it and do them just because of the feelings that you get by driving, that you don’t get in another profession. Some of the things are not pleasant, but in order to have some of the nice things, you have to face them.”

A Brazilian flag and flowers adorn a statue of Ayrton Senna, in a park close to the Imola track, Italy. Picture/AP

He always came through such personal tests with honour.
Was there ever anyone else quite like Ayrton Senna?

Yes, there were fast men, the yardsticks of their generations: Fangio, Clark, Stewart, Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve, Prost, Mansell, Schumacher, Hakkinen, Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel .
But it falls to few racers through a combination of their status, humanity and, in Senna’s case, contradictory off-track humility to transcend their sport and achieve greatness because of who they have become, rather than what they did.
He was sensational yet flawed, charismatic yet humble, and a man dead these 20 years still has pole position on that score.


•Senna fans can’t get much closer to the man than at the McLaren Auckland showroom – the late legend’s McLaren MP4/4 Formula One car is currently on display.
By David Tremayne
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“I am able to experience God’s presence on earth.”
– Ayrton

“Then 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.


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

“Be the very best person you can be with “loads of” FUN. Become the person you are CAPABLE of being … and ALL the person God, Our Creator intended and CALLED us to become.”

“Ayrton, we cannot, we are not privileged to see you display your marvellous skills any longer, but you have reached, and are now standing on the highest podium there is.”
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“Ayrton, we cannot, we are not privileged to see you display your marvellous skills any longer, but you have reached, and are now standing on the highest podium there is.”

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“Ayrton, we cannot, we are not privileged to see you display your marvellous skills any longer, but you have reached, and are now standing on the highest podium there is.”

March 26, 2014

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“Ayrton, we cannot, we are not privileged to see you display your marvellous skills any longer, but you have reached, and are now standing on the highest podium there is.”

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

March 22, 2014

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



“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

The Mind of a Great Racing Driver: An Interview with Ayrton Senna

March 19, 2014

The Mind of a Great Racing Driver: An Interview with Ayrton Senna

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

March 12, 2014

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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: and

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

(Obsessive …or WHAT!!)

Other Articles are available at: and
(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.”
-fine writing from 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)


Ayrton the very limit UK 1983




Ayrton on the very limit (UK 1983)


“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. www.webng/writernz and

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his books on motor racing) are available at:

Web sites: and

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

(Obsessive …or WHAT!!)

“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!


Ayrton (Japanese GP 1989)

Japanese GP 1989

The champions of F1 (Part 2)

February 3, 2014

Part 2 of a tribute video to the champions of F1

The champions of F1 (Part 1)

January 30, 2014


January 30, 2014


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