Legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna's fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix happened just one day after Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger died the same way. To a newcomer to racing (like me) Senna's death at 34 years of age is so tragic it seems unbelievable. But for racing diehards, it's an all too familiar story. Asif Kapadia's 2010 documentary, Senna, presents this heartbreaking tale in a way that appeals to both racing aficionados and newbies.
THIS WEEK'S DOC: Senna
Senna's and Ratzenberger's deaths were the first fatalities that Formula 1 had seen in eight years, and the first at a race in over a decade. But Senna goes well beyond this tragedy, using years of archival footage to show us the man behind the steering wheel. From his feud with fellow race-car driver and teammate Alain Prost to his frustration over the evolution of race-car technology, Senna gives us an up-close look into the professional life of the charismatic racing champion.
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Sonia Halbach is the winner of the Studio@Gawker Netflix competition. She lives in New York City and moonlights as a young adult writer with an emphasis on 19th-century historical fantasy.