What the papers said about . . . Ayrton Senna

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The Independent Online
'To value life, to understand the fatal attraction of Formula One, you flaunt your track pass and take a narrow, dusty path lined with pine trees. It leads to the end of the straight preceding the Tamburello curve, which will forever be associated with the death of Ayrton Senna.' Telegraph

'One split second, one mistake, one separation of a vital component is all it takes to bring death in the afternoon. For these are the men who drive with their own ghosts peering back at them from the rear-view mirror.' Sun

Rivazza curve where the tifosi stand to cheer on Ferrari. Senna had often expressed a wish to drive for the Italian team and all Italy mourned the fact that he never would.' Times

'Senna: I'm being too careful. I don't want to go too fast, too soon.' Mirror

'To all who witnessed him at work it seemed that Ayrton Senna's artistry and air of invincibility would always protect him no matter what befell him. In a weekend when motorsport was thrown into despair, it lost one of the greatest kings it will ever know. To many, especially those with whom he worked, he will always be the greatest.' Independent

'The man obsessed with winning.' Mail

'He was still the yardstick by which all other racers were judged. More than that, he was the yardstick by which they judged themselves.' Motoring News

'Williams boss in shock claim: Blame Senna.' Sun

'He was a mystical character who periodically portrayed himself as a martyr. He did not really belong to a sporting world, populated by mediocrities. His pursuit of truth, of self- knowledge, was more suited to the seminary than the racetrack.' Telegraph

'Ban boxing, ban motor racing, ban National Hunt racing, because these are dangers to a man's health? Of course they are. But then life is always going to be dangerous, and the best we can do about death is postpone it.' Express

'Each victim had one thing in common. There was no compulsion upon him to be there when it happened.' Mail