Discussion in 'Drivers' started by RayInTorontoCanada, Aug 19, 2011.
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"You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means: you race or you do not"
"I am not designed to come second or third, I am designed to win"
Ayrton Senna Demanded in Written to be Lotus's No. 1 Driver, Shows 1987 Contract
...[H]e demanded in written to be the No.1 driver, with the priority to choose parts. He won a bonus for points and was promised a prize if he won the title. He wasn't obliged to participate in the advertising campaign of the cigarette brand that sponsored the team and was forbidden from practicing extreme sports. For fiscal reasons, he promised to move out of England....
I was amused to read the part about Ayrton being contractually prevented rom riding motorbikes... the 1986-87 edition of Autocourse has in its back pages a pic of him about to ride one on his way to (or from) his hotel room.
Maybe Ayrton was no great respecter of contracts when their terms didn't suit him, as Alex Hawkridge (Toleman team principal) would tell you.
Senna entered into negotiations with Lotus for 1988 but knowing full well he held the cards, the retainer he wanted for 1988 was far more than Lotus could afford.
Senna clearly held an unshakeable confidence in his motor skills and no fear for his mortal soul. He exemplified the belief that when the stonemason chisels the dates of birth and death onto your headstone, the only part that matters is the little dash between them.
A ghost lap of Senna at Suzuka:
Greenlantern101 - Probably less at Suzuka considering the compactness of the venue.
And that's me saying it as I see it....
He never really beat Prost. His victory in 1988 highlighted a flaw of the scoring system soon rectified, and it is that which suggests GOAT status has insubstantial evidence.
Yes, we believe you... Thousands wouldn't
I suspect my priest would prescribe a lesser penance for seeking out Morrison's grave than Wilde's. Wilde also was a drunk, but Morrison was neither a poof nor a paedophile.
What sort of man inspires his followers to create for him a burial tomb prominently featuring a John Thomas? And what sort of deviant thinks a cemetery a fit place to teach children about reproductive anatomy? Paris' gendarmes originally considered Wilde's tomb too lewd (Too lewd? For Paris? Sacré bleu! ) so cemetery management added a modesty plaque. Then some students objecting to the censorship removed the plaque, but also broke off the underlying marriage tackle in the doing. Which is why the monument to Wilde remains emasculated to this day.
Come to think of it, Wilde and Morrison both remind me of James Hunt in that all three are as infamous (or moreso) for their debauchery as they are famous for their accomplishments.
By the way, it really is the "graveyard of the rich and famous". Also saw the graves of Edith Piaf, Marcel Marso (approximate spelling), Yves Montand and Voldermort (at least he looks like him).
But this has naff all to do with Ayrton Senna...
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