Posts Tagged ‘racing drivers’

Jim Clark: The Most Naturally Gifted Formula One Driver of All Time?

March 27, 2014

Jim Clark: The Most Naturally Gifted Formula One Driver of All Time?

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‘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

from http://www.raceinthezone.wordpress.com

PPS

“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

Ayrton Senna with garland (fromespnF1.com)

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.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

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!!)

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.”

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A SHORT “TRIBUTE” TO AYRTON SENNA:
LIFE AT THE LIMIT

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.
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INTRODUCTION

“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!

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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)

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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

PS:
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.
http://www.craiglockbooks.com www.webng/writernz 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:

Web sites: http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

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!!)

“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’.”

PPS

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!

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

Ayrton (Japanese GP 1989)

Japanese GP 1989

Sharing Some Quotes from the “late, great” Ayrton Senna

January 23, 2014

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Article Title: Sharing Some Quotes from 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/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

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

http://raceinthezone.wordpress.com
his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.
Obsessive or WHAT!

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.”

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SHARING SOME QUOTES FROM THE “LATE, GREAT” AYRTON SENNA

(from ‘The Yellow Helmet’ by craig lock)

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

– “the great” Ayrton

A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing is 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)

“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.

I was already on pole, then by half a second and then one second and I just kept going. Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anybody 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.

It 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.

Because in a split second, it’s gone.

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

Fear is exciting for me.

I continuously go further and further learning about my own limitations, my body limitation, psychological limitations. It’s a way of life for me.

I don’t know driving in another way which isn’t risky. Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other’s.

I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.

If you have God on your side, everything becomes clear.

I am able to experience God’s presence on earth.

It’s going to be a season with lots of accidents, and I’ll risk saying that we’ll be lucky if something really serious doesn’t happen.

Money is a strange business. People who haven’t got it aim it strongly. People who have are full of troubles.

My biggest error? Something that is to happen yet.

Of course there are moments that you wonder how long you should be doing it because there are other aspects which are not nice, of this lifestyle. But I just love winning.

On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit.

The danger sensation is exciting. The challenge is to find new dangers.

Then suddenly something just kicked me. I kind of woke up and realised that I was in a different atmosphere than you normally are. My immediate reaction was to back off, slow down.

There are no small accidents on this circuit.

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These things bring you to reality as to how fragile you are; at the same moment you are doing something that nobody else is able to do. The same moment that you are seen as the best, the fastest and somebody that cannot be touched, you are enormously fragile.

Wealthy men can’t live in an island that is encircled by poverty. We all breathe the same air. We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance.

When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win, second or third place is not enough.

Winning is the most important. Everything is consequence of that.

Women – always in trouble with them, but can’t live without them.

You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means: you race or you do not.

You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood.

Racing, competing, 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.”

– Ayrton Senna

Sourced from: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/ayrton_senna_2.html#ixzz1PeuTrxjj

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If YOU set your heart on it, you can test, challenge and surpass your own “perceived limits” and YOU too can became a champion (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 life.

Shared (with thanks) by craig (“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’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 loves to test his own writing limits and challenge his imagination to the’fullest’. He 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.

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

The Yellow Helmet is available at http://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Helmet-White-Helmets-ebook/dp/B006E8TABM

His various e-books on his great love/passion motor racing (including the White, Yellow, Red and Blue Helmets) are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

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

http://raceinthezone.wordpress.com
his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.
Obsessive or WHAT!

 

PPS

THE WILL TO WIN

“To drive fearlessly to win is to win another race – the race against fear –

(trophies themselves are but symbols to delight old age);

To challenge your fellow man in peaceful pursuit

Of courage is the epitome of courage;

To lose the race with grace is the embodiment of grace itself.

To triumph is to achieve glory

But glory is empty without the overthrow of fear, the acquisition

Of courage, of grace –

For the possession of these is the true glory.

Good breeding is displayed in the ability to lose well

And is primarily engendered by respect:

Respect is created by the acknowledgement not of the other man’s shortcomings or faults

But essentially the acknowledgement of his virtues –

For without virtue

What is man – be he on the track challenging the fates,

Or on a bed of sleep?

L.F.

(from The International Grand Prix Book of Motor Racing (Edited by Michael Frewin and first published by Leslie Frewin, London in 1965)

“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’.”

“Aim at the stars, because you might just reach them.”

“You think you have a limit. 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.”

-Ayrton Senna

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Sharing Some Quotes by the Great Grand Prix Drivers (from ‘The Red Helmet’)

January 22, 2014

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Article Title: Sharing Some Quotes by the Great Grand Prix Drivers (from ‘The Red Helmet’)

Submitted by Craig Lock
Key Words: Motor racing, motor sport, The Red Helmet, 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, motor racing quotes, mind, mind-power, “the zone”, success, success principles,
achievement , excellence (enough there now, craig!)
Web sites:

Submitter’s web sites: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

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

http://raceinthezone.wordpress.com
(Obsessive…or WHAT!)
 
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.”

 

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SHARING SOME QUOTES BY THE GREAT GRAND PRIX DRIVERS

A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing is 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)

 

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“This was such an important victory for me. It’s the old thing everyone says: you win your first Grand Prix and your mentality changes. Before you thought you could do it; now you know you can.”

– the words of triple World Champion, Alain Prost after winning the French Grand Prix in July 1981

“I don’t give a shit for fame, I don’t give a shit for society. I don’t want to make friends with anybody who’s important. I just want to win.”

– Nelson Piquet (two-time Brazilian world champion)

Some balance in your life now please, Nelson (and not values to impart to young Nelson, jnr)

“All the top drivers are difficult people with complex personalities. I wouldn’t go so far as to say nice guys finish last; but the best Formula 1 drivers are driven, motivated, pushy, won’t-accept-second-best, immensely competitive people. That’s what makes them so good – because they’re bastards.”

– team owner, Frank Williams

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Ayrton Senna

(Recently voted the best Grand Prix driver of all time by over 200 past and current drivers)

“If anybody ever sold their soul to win a championship, Senna did; the commitment was just frightening. Every time he was in the car, he was out to prove to everyone, he was the next World Champion. Now he has done it (in 1988), and has the chance to turn down the wick that he’s been burning so intensely all year, he may be able to go on to this thing called ‘greatness’ and become the best driver of his era.’

– Irish driver, John Watson

“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.”

“Senna is a genius. I define genius as just the right side of imbalance. He is highly developed to the point, where he is almost over the edge. It’s a close call.”

– British driver and now TV commentator, Martin Brundle

“Ayrton has a small problem. He thinks he can’t kill himself, because he believes in God and I think that’s very dangerous for the other drivers.”

– Alain Prost (Senna s great rival and triple world-champion)

“I think the guy is a nutter. He is completely out of control.”

– Irish driver Eddie Irvine, who became team-mate to Michael Schmacher at Ferrari

“Prost is very wound up at the moment – and I think, to some extent, he’s wound himself up. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen him lose his cool. Unfortunately, it seems that Senna has got the psychological war completely won. At the moment I think Alain’s motivation is suspect, although his motivation certainly isn’t. But I think being bonked on the head by Senna has, if anything, pushed iot downhill rather than uphill.”

– the thoughts of colourful former British World Champ, James Hunt on the Senna-Prost feud of the late eighties early 1990’s, which started when they were “equal number ones” at McLaren

(similarly to Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in 2008 but with far greater intensity and animosity)

“I think that, in comparison to Ayrton, my speed is OK. He’s just perfect. He’s confident within himself, after all the success he has had. It’s rubbish to say I can beat him. He’s consistently perfect.”

– Austrian Gerhard Berger

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

“Ayrton had won the race (1992 Hungarian GP in Budapest) and as I stood on the podium and tried to take in the enormity of it all, he was in a most benevolent mood. He put his arm around me, hugged me, and said: ‘Well done, Nigel. It’s such a good feling, isn’t it? Now you know why I’m such a bastard. I don’t ever want to lose the feeling or let anyone else experience it.'”

“Prost has a Wiliams contract and he has a clause in there which vetoes me driving… and there’s nothing you can do about it. He simply doesn’t want to compete with me in the same car.”

– Senna

Other sources of reference include the following publications: ‘Autocar’, ‘Autosport’, ‘F1 Racing’, ‘Grand Prix International’, ‘Motoring News’, ‘Motor Racing’, ‘Motor Sport’, ‘The Autocar’ and ‘The Engineer’.

“I love to feel a racing car around me, to feel the way it holds me.

I love to make it do all that it was built to do, and then a little bit more.”

– Stirling Moss, my boyhood hero and the greatest driver never to win the coveted world championship (he came second four times)

“That day I had everything turned on and firing on all cylinders. I was ready to do anything. Whichever way you looked at it, it was an extraordinary race. When it was all over, I was convinced that I would never be able to drive like that again never! I had reached the limit of my concentration and will to win. Those were the two things that allowed me to take the risks I did that day. I knew I could win; but I knew equally I could lose.

I was stretching myself to the limit. I was trying out new things, pushing myself further at many blind spots, where I never before had the courage to go the limit. I was never a daredevil, never a spectacular driver. I would try to win as slowly as possible. Until that race I had never demanded more of myself or the cars. Whenever I shut my eyes, it was as if I were in the race again, making those leaps in the dark on those curves, where I had never before had the courage to push things so far. For two days I experienced delayed action apprehension at what I had done, a feeling that had never come over me after any other race, a feeling that still returns to me this day when I think about that time. I had never driven as I drove then; but I also knew I’d never be able to go as fast again- ever!”

And Juan Manuel Fangio didn’t. That epic race, the German Grand Prix in the year 1957 was to be the five-time Argentinian world champion’s last victory!

I was taught that everything is attainable, if you re prepared to give up, to sacrifice, to get it. Whatever you want to do, you can do it, if you want to do it badly enough. However, most humans quit too soon in life.”

– former British racing driver Stirling Moss’s famous quote

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“Let us reach for the world that ought to be, that spark of the divine, that still stirs witin each one of us.”

– the words of Barack Obama in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway

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 COMMITMENT and PERSISTENCE.

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

Submitter’s web sites: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

His new books ‘The Winning Way and ‘The Red Helmet’ are already available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YCTWFW)

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

http://raceinthezone.wordpress.com
(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’.”

These thoughts may be freely published

PPS

THE WILL TO WIN

“To drive fearlessly to win is to win another race – the race against fear –

(trophies themselves are but symbols to delight old age);

To challenge your fellow man in peaceful pursuit

Of courage is the epitome of courage;

To lose the race with grace is the embodiment of grace itself.

To triumph is to achieve glory

But glory is empty without the overthrow of fear, the acquisition

Of courage, of grace –

For the possession of these is the true glory.

Good breeding is displayed in the ability to lose well

And is primarily engendered by respect:

Respect is created by the acknowledgement not of the other man’s shortcomings or faults

But essentially the acknowledgement of his virtues –

For without virtue

What is man – be he on the track challenging the fates,

Or on a bed of sleep?

L.F.

(from The International Grand Prix Book of Motor Racing (Edited by Michael Frewin and first published by Leslie Frewin, London in 1965)

“Aim at the stars, because you might just reach them.”

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.”

The Mind, the “Top Two Inches” of the Great Grand Prix Drivers

January 9, 2014

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Article Title: The Mind, the “Top Two Inches” of the Great Grand Prix Drivers

Submitted by Craig Lock
Key Words: Motor racing, 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!)

Submitter’s web sites: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

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

his various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.
(Obsessive…or WHAT!)

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
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THE MIND (MINDSET) OF A GRAND PRIX DRIVER

“It’s like a cure for everything. It doesn’t matter what problems you have – financial, in your personal life – and it doesn’t matter, if you feel really ill. All that goes away and only you sitting in this protective cell, this cockpit remains. I have never felt anything like this in any other way and only driving at the limit gives it to you.”

– former Swedish Ferrari F1 driver, Stefan Johansson from ‘Inside the Mind of a Grand Prix Driver’ , a most interesting (and fascinating at least to me!) book that I’m currently reading and researching

Submitter’s Note

Here are some of my notes from research into many books about the very best Grand Prix drivers (of all time). Other (many and varied) sources are from racing magazines, newspaper cuttings with quotes from drivers, many unknown .Enjoy my shared “true labour of passion and love”.

craig

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Does the racing driver think in a different way from us “ordinary people”?

They are not like you and I…yet we can ALL learn from them at the very pinnacle of achievement…

GREAT GRAND PRIX DRIVERS ALL have:

* Great DESIRE and passion

“I think of all drivers as pie charts. That can be determination, sheer natural talent, technical understanding, PR, personality, whatever. You can have massive reserves of natural talent; but it’s the hunger, it’s the need, that’s the dividing factor.”

“I realised the thing which made me tick was the winning.”

The desire to win is very powerful. It starts as a hobby that they become very good at, and then it becomes a profession.

You have the desire and the passion.

Those who lack mental resilience fall away.

The struggle is a measure of the driver’s desire.

“I think of all drivers as pie charts. That can be determination, sheer natural talent, technical understanding, PR, personality, whatever. You can have massive reserves of natural talent; but it’s the hunger, it’s the need, that’s the dividing factor.”

How much do you want this?

“And if you don’t want it that much, you’re automatically eliminated.”

* Excellent mind-management skills

“This was the reason why I was so strong in my head. There was no mystery: you can do it. But how you prepare your brain and yourself to do this all the time, that I still don’t know.”

“In his mind he was so strong. Ayrton had the invincibility in a slightly different way, because he was religious and he was protected by God.”

– Johnny Herbert

* A rigid self belief – no doubting one’s self.

“Before you believe in anything, you have to believe in yourself.”

“Every driver believes he is the best.”

* Sheer “bloody-minded” determination.

* Confidence (huge doses of it – absolute belief in themselves and their abilities)

“It’s a confidence (inner) that you have, you trust yourself…and your abilities.”

You compare yourself to the best, don’t you? You compare yourself with someone like Senna, who had the ultimate self belief all the time.”

They are:

* Very strong mentally, ie they possess mental resilience

“The great drivers had mental strength from the beginning. They brought it with them.”

Mental resilience is what Senna had + rigid self belief. Self doubt was what he did not have!

* They are committed (totally) to their endeavour

“Racing is the most ruthless examination of all the sports I have come across. It’s not about learning, say, to play tennis with a homemade racket; it’s about a total commitment – mental, physical, financial – from the earliest moments. And it finds out the people who won’t make that commitment.”

– the words of former F1 driver, Dr Jonathan Palmer (from Inside the Mind of the Grand Prix Driver by Christopher Hilton (Haynes Publishing, first published 2001)

“I discovered that overtaking is about a mental thing. If I can beat you mentally, I can beat you physically and you’ve had it.”

-Senna

They:

* Concentrate superbly… intensely

“A strong mind and vision in which we see things, the clarity during high pressure situations… and this is what makes some Grand Prix drivers better than others, and makes some of them absolute legends, like Schumacher, Prost, Senna – is that they can take more in… The capacity of Ayrton Senna was obviously only 100%, but he just needed 95% of that to drive his car at 100%; so he always had 5% left to look at the tyres, the strategy, the overtaking – everything you need to be able to do to be exceptional.”

* All leading drivers have a great attention to detail – things must be “just right”… even perfect

* Visualise the flying qualifying lap ahead (whilst in the pits) and the start, whilst sitting on the starting line

“If your brain is strong enough and your concentration is good enough, you do the lap time first in your brain … and then in your car and in your body. That is something the good drivers can do, but only Ayrton Senna made perfect.”

– the words of Karl Wendlinger, former Sauber Grand Prix driver

* they are deeply focussed sportsmen, so focus totally at the task at hand

* Compartamentalise their lives; so that they can isolate the various compartments to (in) their daily lives

“Senna’s mind truly was arranged into a series of compartments and he could isolate them, as required.”

“Ayrton got in his car, went out and set his fastest lap ever round Jerez, even though 20 minutes beforehand he had seen me struggling for my life. He was able to pull his visor down and blank that out of his mind. Then he went to the Press Conference, as he had to do, and then he went to the medical centre to see if I was all right.”

– Martin Donnelly (severely injured after a crash at Jerez, Spain in 1990, which led to his retirement from the sport)

and

* Continually challenge their abilities, their unique talents

* Push the boundaries of their abilities a bit further than what seems possible (continually).

and

there are no limits in performance, so they are driven to the very highest standards… to perfection

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A few final thoughts to end off…

WORK is a four letter word. Talent in itself is not sufficient to rise to the pinnacle of success. True champions work really hard (“their butts off”) in developing their abilities to the absolute fullest.

Fulfil YOUR (unique) potential (or as Abraham Maslow called it, “self actualisation”).

BECOME ALL THAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF BEING

If YOU set your heart on it, YOU too can became a champion…

and reach NEW HORIZONS in your own life

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.

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

“Success is doing the best you can, in as many ways as you can.
It is being just and honest and true – not in a few things,
but in everything you do.

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://members.tripod.com/~lock77/www.craiglockbooks.com and www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including ‘The Winning Mind’ and and ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’) are available at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

Craig’s new e-book ‘The Winning Way’ is at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006WQSGEI.

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

his various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.
(Obsessive…or WHAT!)

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“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

“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

“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’.”

schumacher

 

 

Fight hard and get well soon, Schumi!

Jim Clark: The Most Naturally Gifted Formula One Driver of All Time??

November 21, 2013

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Article Title: Jim Clark: The Most Naturally Gifted Formula One Driver of All Time??
Tags: Jim Clark, motor racing, Formula One, great Grand Prix drivers, racing drivers, champion drivers, Grand Prix drivers, Grand Prix champions, Formula One champions/drivers, A Tribute to Jim Clark, elite performance, champion, champions (enough there for now, craig),
Web site:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/176364-jimmy-clarkthe-most-naturally-

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

https://grandprixchampion.wordpress.com/ http://grandprixdrivermyblog.wordpress.com/ http://godandformula1.wordpress.com/ http://www.sportforpeace.wordpress.com and

his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.
Obsessive or WHAT!

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
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JIM CLARK: THE MOST NATURALLY GIFTED FORMULA ONE DRIVER OF ALL TIME??

Sourced from http://bleacherreport.com/articles/176364-jimmy-clarkthe-most-naturally-

The legendary Scottish racing driver Jimmy Clark is often overlooked when people list their greatest Formula One drivers of all time. Names like Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, and Juan Manuel Fangio are thrown around with consummate ease, but it is rare for Clark to be mentioned among even the top three drivers of all time.

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. Also ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ , which he’s currently writing.

“There are only three sports: bullfighting, mountain climbing and motor racing; all the rest are merely games.”

– Ernest Hemingway

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)

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Nobody is arguing he, Jimmy, was the most successful, but some do believe he was the most naturally gifted.

2008 marked 40 years since his tragic death, and this writer wants to make a case for James Clark Junior, the most naturally gifted F1 driver of all time.

He grew up close to the small Fife town of Kilmany as the only son of a farmer and as such, would have had many a chore growing up. Therefore, his father, at first, had little time for his fast paced hobby.

Ironically his father eventually said, “make it pay or give it up”–and make it pay he certainly did, and all during the life time of a very proud dad.

Two Time Drivers World Champion Clark made his F1 debut at 24 years of age driving a Lotus, like he would throughout his career, in the 1960 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

It wasn’t to be a blistering start to life in F1 but he did finish fifth in his first race at the famous 8.7 mile Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium in only his second outing. A race in which fellow drivers Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey sadly lost their lives.

He didn’t win an F1 championship at his first attempt or even his second in 1961, during which he is remembered more for his coming together with Ferrari’s Wolfgang von Trips, which left the driver and 15 spectators dead at the Italian GP, than his success on the track.

Success was to come, however, and the flying Scot won his first GP at Spa in 1962.

It was the first of 25 career wins which famously passed the previous record of 24 GP victories held by Fangio. Even more impressive was the fact Clark would go on to win four successive GP’s in Belgium, arguably the toughest grand prix in the championship at the time.

1962 would see the first championship assault by the man from Fife, but he lost the title in the final race of the season after mechanical issues had forced him to retire. It wouldn’t be the only time Clark would suffer this travesty. In 1964, he would lose the title due to his engine seizing on the final lap of the final race of the season.

In the 60’s, prestige was measured at tracks like Spa, which would kill a man with half a lapse of concentration–and Clark won four successive races there. Today and in recent times, such prestige has been saved for Monaco, with tracks like the old Spa and Nurburgring banished to the driving enthusiast.

Clark never won at Monaco, for what reason we’ll never know. Maybe it didn’t suit is free-flowing driving style, but more than likely mechanical issues once again came into play, and the event often fell in May. But as we’ll discuss later, Clark had one eye on another prize.

Not winning in Monte Carlo, though, cannot diminish the fact Jim Clark of Scotland became World Champion in 1963, winning seven out of ten GP’s with seven pole positions. He won his second title in 1965, the same year he won America’s famous Indianapolis 500, which we’ll get to a little later.

His second title still contains a record which has gone unmatched in the 43 subsequent F1 seasons, and is likely to stay unmatched for decades to come:

Jimmy Clark not only won the title but he did so by leading every single lap of every race he finished in the 1965 season. Therefore, he won every race he finished with what we now call lights to flag victories.

It was an incredible feat which is unmatched by Fangio, Senna, or Schumacher.

The following two years saw a downturn in Lotus’ fortunes but Clark was able to steer three unreliable cars to third in the 1967 championship.

And fans at Monza for the 1967 Italian GP possibly saw his finest performance, and possibly the greatest performance in a Grand Prix car. Clark was forced to pit from the lead with a puncture and rejoined a lap down only to be leading again by the start of the last lap. It was a staggering drive which ended, unluckily, with a third place finish after his car faltered due to a lack of fuel.

In those days, top racing drivers could turn their hand to any type of racing car or motorcycle for that matter (John Surtees won world titles on a motorbike and in an F1 car) and Clark was no different.

Tragically, Clark wasn’t to win another world title. Despite a strong start to the 1968 season, during which he won his last ever GP in South Africa, he was killed not in an F1 car but in a Formula Two race at Hockenheim in Germany on 7 April, 1968, aged just 32. Although the accident, where Clark veered off course and crashed into the trees which line the Hockenheim circuit, has never been explained, it is widely expected a mechanical failure played its part.

This is not because enthusiasts felt he was immortal (which he clearly wasn’t), but because they believed he was too good to crash.

And it was not just fans of F1 who mourned his passing. Clark was as admired across the Atlantic as he was in F1 circles.

The Scot won the Indy 500 in 1965, leading the race for 190 of the 200 scheduled laps and left a lasting impression on those who saw him drive. This was the only time a man has won both the Indy 500 and F1 Drivers’ Championship in the same year.

A driver revered in the world of Formula One and the top echelons of American motor sport. Clark won two titles, was cruelly denied two more by no fault of his own, and may well have gone on to win the 1968 championship had he not sadly lost his life.

It has been claimed since then by people close to him that Clark was ready to move on from his career in F1 after the 1968 season, so to speculate about further success may be even more futile than such an effort already is.

His success in America did not come without a cost. Clark took May out of the F1 championship to travel and compete there including during his World Championship victories in ’63 and ’65. Can you imagine in modern times, not competing in every race and winning a title? Or even putting one’s carefully built reputation on the line in what is effectively a different sport?

He won the 1964 British Touring Car championship (Saloon cars driving a Lotus Cortina) while at the same time competing in F1.

The racer also tried his hand at Rallying, IndyCar, NASCAR, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and various sports car events. Clark was in every way a racer and often wondered why fellow drivers were not as quick as him.

In the 60’s there were far fewer races in a season and for this reason Clark only raced a total of 72 GP’s, spanning over nine seasons as a Lotus driver. Of those races he won 25 (more than a third), had 33 pole positions, 28 fastest laps, and garnered a whopping 274 Championship points.

Amazingly, he would often just get into a car without setting it up in any way and post competitive times before asking for the car to be left alone for the race.

But the stat which jumps out most to this writer is the fact he only ever finished second once.

When you count the large number of races in which his car never got him to the finish and add the fact he won over a third of the GP’s he competed in, it isn’t too hard to come to the conclusion:

When Jim Clark finished, he won.

And as fellow driver, New Zealander Chris Amon, said about his fatal accident: “If this can happen to Jimmy, what chance do the rest of us have?”

Jimmy Clark, the most naturally gifted racing driver of all time.

Sourced from http://bleacherreport.com/articles/176364-jimmy-clarkthe-most-naturally-

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.

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

PS: Stirling Moss and Jim Clark were the submitter’s boy-hood heroes and his saw Jim win his last Grand Prix at Kyalami, Johannesburg in Jan 1968

“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’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.”

“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’.”

PPS

THE WILL TO WIN

“To drive fearlessly to win is to win another race – the race against fear –
(trophies themselves are but symbols to delight old age);
To challenge your fellow man in peaceful pursuit
Of courage is the epitome of courage;
To lose the race with grace is the embodiment of grace itself.
To triumph is to achieve glory
But glory is empty without the overthrow of fear, the acquisition
Of courage, of grace –
For the possession of these is the true glory.
Good breeding is displayed in the ability to lose well
And is primarily engendered by respect:
Respect is created by the acknowledgement not of the other man’s shortcomings or faults
But essentially the acknowledgement of his virtues –
For without virtue
What is man – be he on the track challenging the fates,
Or on a bed of sleep?

L.F.

(from the International Grand Prix Book of Motor Racing (Edited by Michael Frewin and first published by Leslie Frewin, London in 1965)

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.”

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.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his various books on motor racing and Formula 1) are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid

http://goo.gl/vTpjk 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

https://grandprixchampion.wordpress.com/ http://grandprixdrivermyblog.wordpress.com/ http://godandformula1.wordpress.com/ http://www.sportforpeace.wordpress.com and

his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.
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’

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Sharing Some Quotes from the “late, great” Ayrton Senna

November 7, 2013

Ayrton Senna with garland (fromespnF1.com)

Article Title: Sharing Some Quotes from 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

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid

http://goo.gl/vTpjk 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
Obsessive or WHAT!

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.”

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SHARING SOME QUOTES FROM THE “LATE, GREAT” AYRTON SENNA

(from ‘The Yellow Helmet’ by craig lock)

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

– “the great” Ayrton

A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing is 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)

“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.

I was already on pole, then by half a second and then one second and I just kept going. Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anybody 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.

It 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.

Because in a split second, it’s gone.

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

Fear is exciting for me.

I continuously go further and further learning about my own limitations, my body limitation, psychological limitations. It’s a way of life for me.

I don’t know driving in another way which isn’t risky. Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other’s.

I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.

If you have God on your side, everything becomes clear.

I am able to experience God’s presence on earth.

It’s going to be a season with lots of accidents, and I’ll risk saying that we’ll be lucky if something really serious doesn’t happen.

Money is a strange business. People who haven’t got it aim it strongly. People who have are full of troubles.

My biggest error? Something that is to happen yet.

Of course there are moments that you wonder how long you should be doing it because there are other aspects which are not nice, of this lifestyle. But I just love winning.

On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit.

The danger sensation is exciting. The challenge is to find new dangers.

Then suddenly something just kicked me. I kind of woke up and realised that I was in a different atmosphere than you normally are. My immediate reaction was to back off, slow down.

There are no small accidents on this circuit.

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These things bring you to reality as to how fragile you are; at the same moment you are doing something that nobody else is able to do. The same moment that you are seen as the best, the fastest and somebody that cannot be touched, you are enormously fragile.

Wealthy men can’t live in an island that is encircled by poverty. We all breathe the same air. We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance.

When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win, second or third place is not enough.

Winning is the most important. Everything is consequence of that.

Women – always in trouble with them, but can’t live without them.

You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means: you race or you do not.

You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood.

Racing, competing, 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.”

– Ayrton Senna

Sourced from: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/ayrton_senna_2.html#ixzz1PeuTrxjj

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If YOU set your heart on it, you can test, challenge and surpass your own “perceived limits” and YOU too can became a champion (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 life.

Shared (with thanks) by craig (“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’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 loves to test his own writing limits and challenge his imagination to the’fullest’. He 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.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his various books on his great love/passion motor racing, including the White, Yellow, Red and Blue Helmets) are available at :http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

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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’.”

PPS

THE WILL TO WIN

“To drive fearlessly to win is to win another race – the race against fear –

(trophies themselves are but symbols to delight old age);

To challenge your fellow man in peaceful pursuit

Of courage is the epitome of courage;

To lose the race with grace is the embodiment of grace itself.

To triumph is to achieve glory

But glory is empty without the overthrow of fear, the acquisition

Of courage, of grace –

For the possession of these is the true glory.

Good breeding is displayed in the ability to lose well

And is primarily engendered by respect:

Respect is created by the acknowledgement not of the other man’s shortcomings or faults

But essentially the acknowledgement of his virtues –

For without virtue

What is man – be he on the track challenging the fates,

Or on a bed of sleep?

L.F.

(from The International Grand Prix Book of Motor Racing (Edited by Michael Frewin and first published by Leslie Frewin, London in 1965)

“Aim at the stars, because you might just reach them.”

“You think you have a limit. 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.”

-Ayrton Senna

The Mind of a Great Racing Driver

November 7, 2013

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Article Title: The Mind of a Great Racing Driver
Submitted by Craig Lock
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Obsessive …or WHAT!

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

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THE MIND OF A GREAT RACING DRIVER:
AN INTERVIEW WITH AYRTON SENNA, PERHAPS THE FASTEST AND GREATEST GRAND PRIX DRIVER OF THEM ALL!

Sourced from: http://www.sportscars.tv/Newfiles/tick.html

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. Also ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ , which he’s currently writing.

In his research, the submitter came across this great interview by renowned motor-racing journalist, Denis Jenkinson, which gives a fascinating insight into the unique mind of perhaps the greatest racing driver of them all. So am sharing. Enjoy…
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A discussion arranged between Ayrton Senna and Denis Jenkinson, one of the most experienced and respected of Grand Prix writers, who is still active after four decades of Formula 1 coverage interviewed Ayrton Senna.

‘Jenks’ rode ‘in the chair’ alongside Eric Oliver’s Norton to win the 1949 Sidecar World Championship and later navigated Stirling Moss in the winning Mercedes Benz 300SLR on the 1955 Mille Miglia. Although best known as a writer, he was born with a competitive spirit which he has never lost and much of his conversation with Senna centred on the instinctive mental qualities required by a racing driver competing at the highest level.
Jenks has always been fascinated by what makes racing drivers tick. In 1958 his book ‘The Racing Driver’ was one of the first efforts to analyse and categorise all the elements that go into the psychological make-up of a top-line Grand Prix competitor.
These were the qualities which, in Jenks’s view, marked out the likes of Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark and Gilles Villeneuve as exponents of the Grand Prix art who stood head and shoulders above their rivals whom he had seen in action. Ayrton Senna continues the theme in precisely the same vein, reminding us that, while the outward demeanour of Formula 1 racing may change from generation to generation, the basic motivating forces of the elite handful of top competitors remain essentially unchanged and unchanging.

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JENKS: The basic instincts without which a driver will never be any good; the things you’re born with….. We talked some time ago and I said the most important thing was eyesight, vision, and I reckoned that, after this, your brain had to use what it could see and transmit it to your other faculties. And if it transmitted it 100 per cent all the way through, you had all the makings to be a Grand Prix winner. If one of those parts of your make-up was slightly lacking, but another one was very strong, it could make up for it, bring the average up.
Now when I wrote that book [The Racing Driver] vision I put as the most important thing, then your nervous processes – the things you are born with – which your brain controls, obviously. Provided that all works all right, you will make the right decisions. The next most important thing is anticipation. This is your brain thinking always ahead of your vision. Ifs a natural reflex, not something you sit down and practice. After that judgement, which is a fairly physical thing. And the fifth one is response. So I have broken the human being down into those five factors. As I said, if you’ve got a weak one…

SENNA: …one can compensate for another in different quantities to come to a final product which is similar. Yes. It’s all theory, of course, and I think you could talk for a long time and ” find that your initial analysis is not quite right ~ by the time you get to the end of the analysis…you go, go, go…
What I was thinking was that some things do not have the same value in the scale. But if I take your guidelines, the vision…the ability you have by sensing with the vision, the speed approach to a target. You have a target, the apex there, you know the position of it. You know your car, conditions and so on……… It is your ability, through your vision, from a distance, to be able to evaluate the speed approach to that target.
Let’s say there is a target there where you need your maximum speed to be, say 150 mph. OK? You need to reach that 150 mph speed at the correct point…it’s no good if you stop slightly before that, slightly earlier…these are nervous processes attached to your vision. It’s the ability of the distance you can measure by looking…

JENKS: There are plenty of people with good vision and no brain. I’m just talking about people in general. It’s no good having good vision without a brain.

SENNA: Yes, but I’m assuming you have the basics. So the way it works for me…for a 300 metre target, which is a long way, with no reference. It’s much easier with reference points, of course. With no reference. To judge your approach to it, your reduction in speed, in such a way that will match the critical speed you need at that point. This is all visual. From the moment you establish the point, from then on your judgement takes over, which comes from your hands, your feet and your body.. .how much they are together in that area. It is all automatic from there on because, according to your accuracy on approach from the visual side, you are going to react until you get to the target.
The initial one, the one that has the responsibility to make the rest work properly, in sequence, at the highest level, is the ability to judge. On many occasions, if you are not completely into it, that ability, the vision ability, gets really reduced.
This is something that comes on many occasions with the equilibrium of your psychological side. Because then, if you are in a good state, psychologically speaking, your sensitivity of vision is so much greater, so much more accurate, it makes everything else much more natural and easy. Which takes a lot less energy from you. It all goes together, taking less energy, so the next occasion is going to be easier because your whole system is less stressed, so your judgement is going to be more accurate in an easier way.
So that is what it is all about. It is how to maintain everything very naturally, in a very balanced way, because the amount of energy you have to put into it, corner after corner, lap after lap, is less. By being less you will be able to do it, even easier, being more consistent, for a longer time.
It builds up a momentum. And if you get on the wrong side of the momentum, you can reverse it, but it’s going to take much more of everything to stop that momentum and reverse it to another situation.
Sometimes as a race progresses, you have time to breathe a little bit, because the other guy is backing off a little bit, or his tyres are going off a bit, so in that moment you have time to cool down a little bit, easing the momentum, reducing the pace, and then restarting from there on in the right way. If you’re talking about a very short time – just a lap, which is a two-minute sprint, maximum – then again you have to be very much switched on. But to a much greater degree of understanding, because if you are very switched on you tend to be a bit abrupt, a bit hard, and that is no way. It’s a disaster…

JENKS: You are working too hard…

SENNA: Exactly. You have to be switched on, because all your feelings are to the peak, but at the same time you’ve got to be completely under control. Then you optimise every sensitive point to such a level that it goes so high…the anticipation feeling, the judgement feeling…things that you don’t even know before you’re in it.
Then it’s all perception. The anticipation becomes part of it, like instinct, pure instinct in the right way.

JENKS: I was analysing instincts. This is an analysis of what they are, or at least what I think they are: the unconscious reflex reactions to any particular situation, governed partly by conditioning to that situation, based on previous experiences. This is directly linked to having the mental capacity, which is beyond most mortals, to select precisely the right option in a given situation, whether it is a question of taking a corner absolutely on the limit, or trying to retrieve a car which is about to go badly out of control.
One such example of this which I experienced at uncomfortably close quarters occurred just after the start of the 1957 Mille Miglia when I was navigating Stirling Moss in the big Maserati 450S V8. This was the occasion on which the brake pedal snapped off as Stirling was slowing the car from 130 mph to around 85 mph or so on the approach to a left-hand corner.
Immediately he felt the brake pedal fracture, he forced the nose of the car into the corner, producing violent under-steer to lose speed by tyre scrub, and we just managed to scramble round about 15 mph faster than intended, without any braking capacity whatsoever. That was a fine example of an instinctive, sub-conscious reaction to a potentially dire situation. Anybody not capable of such an automatic response would surely have crashed heavily.

A For a racing driver to gear his mind up to the level of concentration where his instinctive reactions can be relied upon totally can be quite a stressful process of preparation, involving purging the mind of all extraneous considerations. Outside influences are not welcome during this period.
As five-times World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio observed: ‘A driver gets very tense when someone comes to talk to him before a race. That is a time when one prefers to be alone, to think, and to be calm and collected.
I generally tried to leave for the race as late as possible, in order not to have to answer so many questions. When people from the radio come and ask you what you are going to do, and not going to do…well, I ask you?
Do you know what you are going to do yourself? Probably not. Generally speaking, practice gives you a yardstick you can count on. If you’ve managed your practice time with a certain facility, there is not much need to worry, except at the start.
You go out with a good start very much in mind, depending, of course, on the car you are driving and what it is capable of. I always liked starting from pole position whenever possible. The reason for this is that it’s a way of avoiding the product of other drivers’ carelessness when they go too fast into a curve, spin halfway through it and end up sitting in your path.’

JENKS: Following on from Fangio’s observations, its interesting that Gilles Villeneuve once told my friend and journalistic colleague Nigel Roebuck not to come and try talking to him on the grid, because he said he was always busy thinking and programming his brain for every eventuality for what might happen at the start.

A.H. (to Senna): When you were talking about the sheer effort, emotional and psychological effort which leaves you almost drained before the race, what steps do you take from Thursday, say, to defuse that situation; to prepare yourself, reduce the tension, calm everything down in your mind? Apart from keeping away from the press, that is!

SENNA: That’s one of the things, certainly. But to be honest with you, it’s always on the limit. Sometimes over the limit, psychologically. It’s a difficult thing to maintain. It’s really hard to cope with it in the best way. I think you can only get these things minimised to a level where you have so much time racing already that you’re not really that committed to it any more.
The moment you pass the chequered flag boom! – your mind goes down. You’re just holding your mind, holding it, holding it, to the chequered flag. Then it falls to the ground. At Francorchamps this year, where we all had to go through the stress of three starts, when I saw the red flag come out for the second time, I had to suppress a desire to jump out of the car and walk away for the rest of the afternoon. It can be that intense!

JENKS: A lot of our friends in the press don’t appreciate that. I’ve seen you after a race; the last thing you want to do is go to a television studio and have people talk to you all the time in four different languages. I don’t think many members of the press understand that its not simply the mental stress of the race, but the build-up since Thursday.

SENNA: Always the objective is the chequered flag. Everything is pre-established to produce the optimum up to the chequered flag. When you get there that’s the end.

A.H.: When you analyse a race during the following few days, do you ever feel that you could have put more effort into it?

SENNA: Sometimes when you make a mistake, you think you could do things differently. From Thursday to Sunday you establish this target to achieve, and you have so many steps to go through, so many barriers to go through. They all drain you, they are all problems. You are just doing your best all the time; whether you get it right or not, if you are committed to it, you’re giving your best all the time. There’s nothing else.

JENKS: You’re not always thinking about, of, I’ve got to keep it up to one hundred per cent?

SENNA: No, no…there are spots where it’s going a little bit down and you have to say to yourself, keep cool, give a moment, think positively. Just go for it. Sometimes there are different reasons which tend to push you down, to compress you.
As strong as you are, when you are on your own in a corner, you tend to have a feeling that it’s just a bit too much, then you have to bring from somewhere…

JENKS: Is that the point that you start to think in Portuguese?

Ayrton admits that he thinks in English when he is considering ways in which to improve the performance of the car, knowing that he will have to communicate in English with his engineers. But when simply pressing on hard during qualifying, or relishing a clear track in front of him on the opening lap of a race after a clean start from pole position, he thinks in his native Portuguese.

SENNA: Yes, that’s right…you are getting to the point where you are becoming a bit vulnerable.
‘Though vulnerable, let’s say. So in order to close that door, you have to go back to basics.
Performing at the very highest level, the greatest exponents of the sport have all been characterised, over the years, by the ability to produce performances where they perhaps exceed the limits of what they believe they are capable of. Fangio at the Nurburgring in 1957, Jim Clark at the same circuit five years later and Ayrton Senna during practice at Monaco in 1988 all produced performances ‘out of their skin’ ,which serve to underline the difference between the average and the outstanding driver.
Jenks himself also had a unique opportunity to witness such a performance when he was riding in the chair alongside Eric Oliver during the 1949 Swiss sidecar Grand Prix at Berne. They had calculated that they would need an auxiliary fuel tank in order to run throughout the event at the anticipated speed, but officialdom intervened and forbade them to use it, with the result that they started the race in the knowledge that they would have to make a stop for fuel. It was a challenge which brought out the best in Eric Oliver.

JENKS: Having proved we could lap one second faster than our rivals in practice, we set ourselves the task of pulling out at least four seconds a lap on them all, in the race, in order to build up a 50 second lead by lap 12 in order to come in and take on a gallon of petrol. This estimate allowed for slowing into the pits and getting out again and back up to full speed. We came in with a 48-second lead, were stationary for 12 seconds and back in the race before anybody was in sight.
That first lap from the standing start, on a clear and pristine track, is something I will never forget, and the next 11 laps were mind-blowing as Eric Oliver surpassed even himself. Afterwards it was described as ‘inspired’. It was certainly ‘unreal’ and we never rode like that again. Somebody was clearly looking after us that day. It was like Fangio at the Nurburgring in 1957, Clark at the Nurburgring in 1962 and Senna at Monaco in 1988.

SENNA: It’s all becoming slightly theoretical driving incautiously is the wrong word, not the right word. I just believe, in that situation [Monaco ’88], 1 was able to experience something that I never did before, to a level never reached before, with a final result that was my maximum. Out of that day I could not have told myself, ‘I could have done a little bit more here or there.’ That was the maximum for me, no room for anything more. 1 have not really reached that feeling again.

Fangio underlined this theme with his account of the 1957 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. He started with a light fuel load, opened out sufficient lead to stop, refuel and change his rear tyres, but it wasn’t enough. By the time he resumed, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn had gone by in their Ferraris. Fangio then proceeded to drive his Maserati 250F like never before, repeatedly smashing the lap record, to catch and pass the Ferraris and win the race.
‘That day I had everything turned on and firing on all cylinders,’ he recalled. ‘I was ready to do anything. When it was all over, I was convinced that I would never be able to drive like that again, never. I had reached my final limit of concentration, and will to win.
‘I was trying out new things during those last laps of the race, pushing myself further at many blind spots where I had never before had the courage to go to the limit. On ‘that day, I made such demands on myself that I couldn’t sleep for two days after­wards. I was in such a state that whenever I shut my eyes it was as if I was in-the race again, making those leaps in the dark on those curves where I had never before had the courage to push things so far.
‘For two days I experienced delayed action apprehension at what I had done, a feeling that had never come over me after any other race, a feeling that still returns to me to this day when I think about that time. I had never driven as I drove then, but I also knew that I’d never be able to go so fast again, ever!’

At the Nurburgring in 1962, Jim Clark accidentally knocked his fuel pump off at the start of the German Grand Prix and was left on the grid as the rest of the pack surged away in the pouring rain. His recovery drive to fourth place was something to savour.
As Jenks wrote at the time in Motor Sport: ‘Time and again, he was in almost uncontrollable slides on the wet and slippery surface, but always he was master of the situation, until on his 11th lap when he got into two really big slides while in fifth gear, and he was lucky to get away with them. Until this point he had been driving in one of those inspired trances that are brought about by being niggly with oneself, but after nearly losing the car completely; at very high speed, he decided to ease off…when trying absurdly hard there often comes a point where a driver knows he has chanced his luck far enough, and this point had come to Jimmy Clark…’
Senna characterises his concern over what he achieved during qualifying at Monaco 26 years later in only a subtly different fashion. He recognises he had strayed into an area he had not previously explored but, being in qualifying rather than a race, his reaction was to stop and not go out onto the circuit again that day.

SENNA: Monte Carlo, 1988, qualifying…what happened was that we had race tyres, not qualifying tyres; so it was lap after lap, not just one lap. We had the turbo car. I went out, had a good lap, another lap. I was on pole, then the next lap with a bigger margin, and I was going more and more and more and more.
I got to the stage when I was over two seconds faster than anybody, including my team-mate who was using the same car, same engine, everything. That was the direct comparison and over
Senna blurs through Eau Rouge and up the hill to Les Combes: ‘the risk implication of getting it wrong and having a big shunt, and the risk implication of doing it right and how much you’re going to gain.’

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two seconds. It wasn’t because he was going slow, but because I was going too fast…

JENKS: You weren’t going too fast, but you had everything correct…

SENNA: No, too fast. I was doing it in such a way that it was like as if my car was in a railway track, you understand? There was not that much left here [pointing to the left] or here [pointing to the right]…

JENKS: But it was enough…

SENNA: Yes, but in Monte Carlo, enough is sometimes not enough, given the fact that I was driving a light car in a high-performance condition for speed, not for consistency. I felt at one stage that the circuit was no longer really a circuit, just a tunnel of Armco. But in such a way that I suddenly realised that I was over the level that I considered…reasonable. There was no margin whatsoever, in anything.

When I had that feeling, I immediately lifted. I didn’t have to – because I was still going. I immediately lift. Then I felt that I was on a different level. I didn’t fully understand that level and I still don’t. I understand it a bit better, but I’m still far away from satisfying my own needs as to how it works in that [mental] band. So I backed: off, came slowly into the pits. I said to myself, ;
”today, that is special. Don’t go out any more. You are vulnerable ………………………….. For whatever reason. You are putting yourself in a situation where you are almost doing it more in a sub-conscious way.’ I could not really cope with that in a manner that I could find easy.

JENKS: You can’t really trust your sub-conscious.. .

SENNA: Exactly. That’s why I stopped. I never said anything to anybody, not until months later.

A.H.: Have you ever experienced that again?

SENNA: ‘To that intensity, no. But in a lower level.

JENKS: Perhaps you can feel it arriving now, so you recognise it more.

SENNA: Yes, there’s no need to go in there [into that sub-conscious area] any more. I know some of the reasons that I went to that limit, because I wanted so much to do more and more, and better and better, which pushed me further and further. The desire to go further was so big… I have, as a basic feeling, always to go further and further.

JENKS: On that day you were beyond yourself and did some deep thinking about it.

SENNA: When I was doing it, I realised what I was doing was not quite…it was a wonderful feeling, because I had experienced something I had never experienced before and, doing something that I love doing, in a way that I love even more doing. Which is pushing, pushing, pushing…

JENKS: You were doing the impossible.

SENNA: No, nothing is impossible…If I did it once, it means I can do it again…

JENKS: But you haven’t done it again.

SENNA: No, no, I haven’t done it at the same level, but at a lower level. But the experience I keep getting all the time is taking me have a more cautious approach to certain situations.

JENKS: Is that a product of experience?

SENNA: It is a product of the experience of bad moments, and a product of experience of that feeling, that day. Once you have it, even if you don’t understand, if you have the recall ability in your memory, it’s there. It is on your conscious and on your sub-conscious. Somehow, and I don’t quite understand how it works, that becomes a limit.

JENKS: You have that mark that you now know…

SENNA: Sure, but before that I had experiences when I was always going, going, going…and on some occasions I was then getting it wrong. This time it was right all the time; and I stopped before it went wrong.

A.H.: If you are focusing on a car 300 metres away, for example coming into Eau Rouge at Francorchamps on a qualifying lap, and it’s a slower car in front, do you take the corner automatically because your concentration is focused on that car?

SENNA: No. If you do that you, for sure, are going to be at a lower level. The moment you see, you have to determine instantly whether it will be a factor or not. The moment you determine it is not going to affect you at the critical place, you forget it. Completely forget it. Like it isn’t there. For you have to commit yourself completely, like you are on your own.
So you come back into your own world, and are not going to let anything on the exterior touch your feelings. So it’s an instant reaction again. Judgement and reaction. You just put it away. If you’ve really a feeling that he’s not going to be there [by the time you reach the crucial point]
– just put it away, out of your mind, and go for yourself.
Once you get to him it doesn’t matter anyway, for he’s not at the critical part. Hit is, if you know clearly that it is going to be at the critical point, then comes…the anticipation.

JENKS: Because your brain has absorbed the information that, in three corners’ time, you’re going to catch him in the wrong place.

SENNA: Yes, but there’s a big difference between qualifying and the race. I’m talking qualifying here. In qualifying, in that situation when you think it’s just possible to get through without having to disturb your equilibrium, then it’s a question of commitment, whether you’re totally into it. Everything. Or whether you are 90 per cent into it.
The race is a completely different thing. In the race you’ve still got to have such an instant reaction. You know which driver it is, which car it is when you see it and instinctively you have a feeling about its performance. You know how quickly you’re going to catch him, or how much time it’s going to take for you to judge where you are going to get him.
At that stage you should push a bit more to catch him before that critical point where he’s going to make you lose a second, or two seconds, or if it’s not worth pushing, just carryon at the same pace, or even slow back slightly until you come to a suitable place where you can pass without any difficulty . It’s very relative, but comes into the equation: which car, which driver, the condition of your own machinery.

JENKS: It comes back to vision again. You explained to me after the 1988 Belgian GP that you could see which car it was and who was driving it, almost before it came into view, and that you knew exactly where you would pass it. The whole race you were doing that. You were very tired because you had to spend the whole time using the knowledge your eyes were giving you to decide when you were going to catch them up.

SENNA: Physically, you know, you can be the best trained guy in the world, which is important, of course. But the tension, the stress, the brain work throughout a weekend goes to a level on some occasions that, by Sunday, if you are not careful you are compromised. Your judgement and everything is a bit compromised for your race performance when you have to bring everything together, and react to it quickly, properly. So it’s a consistent fight with your own mind, with your equilibrium. That equilibrium is fundamental for triggering the right momentum.

JENKS: You said in. the press conference after qualifying at Francorchamps this year that you didn’t take Eau Rouge at full throttle, but that you knew you could have. What was it that told you not to do it on that lap: the feelings, the feedback?

SENNA: My self-preservation!

JENKS: That’s most important. But I mean the actual feedback from the car.

SENNA: It’s true. Oh, it’s simply the speed. You know you’re going to get there really quick. You know that your car is such that, at a given moment in that corner, it’s very tricky…

JENKS: Do you get feedback through the steering? Through the balance of the car?

SENNA: Yes, but it happens so fast. It happens so fast. From the entrance to mid-corner, everything is there. Before you get to the entrance, the anticipation is also linked to the fact of the reason for doing it. What you can gain, what you can lose, on that bit [of track]. The risk implication of getting it wrong and losing time, the risk implication of getting it wrong and having a big shunt, and the risk implication of doing it right and how much you’re going to gain.
So that it [involves] thinking from the lap before, from the morning, from yesterday, all the times you’ve been there before……… Already, I had a target to have so many revs leaving the jump which was something I achieved over the weekend. I was into an area, and I said to myself, I can get into such a rev band that from then on I’m going to be in a good rev band for the engine and it’s going to go, go, go…

JENKS: You’ve worked this out before with the engineers on the engine. knowing which revs I was coming out yesterday, this morning and so on, I said to myself, OK, if I am about those revs, anything over that is enough. If I can get more, that’s better, but it’s enough to go on the positive side of it up to the top.
Again, it was a kind of understanding of the situation linked with the pure instinct of feeling before actually knowing what was actually going to be there. And funny enough, by the jump I had it. Spot on. No more than I thought would be good to have, but exactly the revs. In fact, I had a little bit more wing than Gerhard, so I should have been slower than him at the top of the hill, but I was actually quicker. Because the speed at the top of the hill [Les Combes] is determined by the revs you have on your engine at the jump.
That’s the speed at the top of the hill where the difference of the wing shows. He should have been 3 km/h quicker than me, but was in fact 1 km/h slower. I then used a bit more wing to benefit myself on other areas of the track, so it was really satisfying.

JENKS: Do you spend a lot of time studying the Olivetti times?

SENNA: It helps you a lot. Since we had this system, it helps you not only to understand your own things that you change, but also some other people. It confirms your feelings, yes, but on many occasions also tells you what you feel is not right. So then you go deeper into it, understand differently and react accordingly.
For some drivers I think it helps a lot, some drivers less. If you don’t have that information, in a way it’s much better [so long as] you know where you’re standing [without it]. Understand? That information helps more drivers to understand what’s going on. If they didn’t have that information… .

JENKS: You would have an advantage.

SENNA: Exactly!

JENKS: Now we’re coming back to the brain behind the vision…

After Senna had left us:

JENKS: That was quite remarkable. It was like listening to Clark or Fangio twenty-five or thirty years ago. The basic requirements of a top Grand Prix driver have not changed and the motivation is still the same.
The natural instincts and the faculties you are born with still mark out the true ‘racer’, and they compete because they are born with this incredible competitive spirit and, above all, the will to win.

Sourced (with thanks) from: http://www.sportscars.tv/Newfiles/tick.html

Shared by 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 COMMITMENT 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, Far and Unlimited Horizons: Let the Journey Begin’ . Also a novel he’s ‘m currently writing, called ‘Stirling‘, a “rewarding tale of faith, hope and especially love”. “Faction”, but perhaps even a true story… or stories!!!!

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including ‘The Winning Mind’ and ‘Inside the Mind of a Grand Prix Champion’ **) are available at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid

http://goo.gl/vTpjk 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
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’.”

PPS

THE WILL TO WIN

“To drive fearlessly to win is to win another race – the race against fear –
(trophies themselves are but symbols to delight old age);
To challenge your fellow man in peaceful pursuit
Of courage is the epitome of courage;
To lose the race with grace is the embodiment of grace itself.
To triumph is to achieve glory
But glory is empty without the overthrow of fear, the acquisition
Of courage, of grace –
For the possession of these is the true glory.
Good breeding is displayed in the ability to lose well
And is primarily engendered by respect:
Respect is created by the acknowledgement not of the other man’s shortcomings or faults
But essentially the acknowledgement of his virtues –
For without virtue
What is man – be he on the track challenging the fates,
Or on a bed of sleep?

L.F.

(from the ‘International Grand Prix Book of Motor Racing’ (Edited by Michael Frewin and first published by Leslie Frewin, London in 1965)
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.”

“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’.”

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