Author(s): Maurice Hamilton
Legendary Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna's intensity and commitment earned him a reputation as one of the biggest names in world sport. In his brief, fiery Grand Prix career, he won 41 races and three world championships. But it was his belief, passion and raw speed that made him a global superstar - and, at times, a dramatically controversial figure. Senna felt he was the best - and his results certainly backed up his belief. But the Brazilian's rivals - most notably his McLaren team-mate, Alain Prost - were aware that his self-belief could be contentious; his utter refusal to be beaten occasionally led to colourful consequences on the track. Senna's death at the San Marino Grand Prix on 1 May 1994 stunned the world. Many books have been written since that freak accident at the wheel of a Williams 20 years ago, but none captures the warm relationship he had with McLaren, the team with which he enjoyed his greatest successes. Ayrton Senna paints a picture of the sport's most charismatic driver through the voices of the people who knew him best; the team-mates, engineers, mechanics and management personnel who were part of the McLaren family during Senna's six seasons with the team. It had been Ayrton's wish to establish a means of helping underprivileged children in Brazil. The Ayrton Senna Foundation, established shortly after his death, has helped more than two million youngsters over the past 20 years. Written with the full support of Ayrton's family, a portion of this book's proceeds will go towards funding the foundation's future work and endeavours.
Maurice Hamilton has been a motor sport fan since the age of seven and has covered Formula 1 as a freelance writer since 1977. Maurice has attended more than 500 Grand Prix, and worked as motor sport correspondent for The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer and as a commentator and summariser for BBC radio's Grand Prix coverage between 1989 and 2010. The author of more than 20 books, Hamilton writes for motor sport magazines and websites across the world, including regular blogs for ESPN F1. His in-depth interviews in F1 Racing magazine with motor sport's leading lights are keenly anticipated every month. He is the Formula 1 correspondent for TalkSport Radio. The Ayrton Senna Institute was founded by Ayrton's family shortly after his death in 1994. Ayrton had been keen to formulate a plan to help underprivileged Brazilian children, believing in the importance of providing them with food, healthcare and a solid education. The Ayrton Senna Institute has identified problems and developed solutions that have assisted more than two million children, young people and teachers throughout his homeland. A portion of this book's proceeds will go towards funding the foundation's future work and endeavours.