Ayrton Senna - certainly the finest F1 driver of my era – even if the statistics show otherwise, the man was a force of nature. Today marks the 15th anniversary of his death.
I can’t believe it’s 15 years. I remember the day vividly and in particular how I felt as I saw the accident and what followed. It was probably the first time in my life I felt genuine shock and grief. I was visibly shaken and even now it puts the hairs up on the back of my neck and makes me feel unsettled. I struggled to understand how it could happen and the fragility of life hit me. It took several hours for them to confirm Senna had died but it was clear instantly that we had just lost a great man and a great talent. With Barrichello seriously injured and Roland Ratzenberger killed at the same race it was a devastating weekend for the sport. We expect our racing drivers to just get up and walk away from accidents, such is the strength of the cars. As Senna’s car hit the wall this crash had an ominous severity about it. I got up, went out for air and didn’t speak much for the rest of the day.
15 years on to me he still stands as an icon and a hero. Someone who was dedicated to being to best…at times too dedicated perhaps, but nonetheless someone who had realised their talent and was intent on being the best.
“I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.” - Ayrton Senna
I’ve been checking regularly to see when the next instalment of Laptop Hunters would arrive and here it is – Sheila. She’s A PC, an artist and values a machine with over 2GB and a honkin’ graphics card. In short. Sheila is fierce :)
For the record, she went for the HP HDX 16t. Let the arguing commence as this ones goes in to the Mac territory of designers.