Obituary: Mamonas Assassinas

The five members of Mamonas Assassinas shot out of nowhere to become the Brazilian teen pop sensation of the decade. They perished spectacularly together in a plane crash, leaving only one record, and were mourned by the Brazilian public and media as extravagantly as Ayrton Senna, the last great popular hero to be buried in Brazil.

Denial on Senna

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Williams to wait for Senna verdict

Motor racing

Motor racing: Williams await Senna verdict

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A PRELIMINARY report ordered by Italian justice authorities has concluded that there is an 85 per cent chance that Ayrton Senna's death was caused by a faulty steering column, according to the French sports paper, L'Equipe.

Motor Racing: Italian Grand Prix called off

The Italian Automobile Club yesterday called off the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in September because of what it believed to be inadequate safety measures. It said that new safety measures proposed by the sport's governing body, the FIA, after the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger in the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola were inadequate.

ADRENALIN / On the rocks: On the face of it, rock-climbing looks like good character-building fun. Until you start the climb, warns Dolly Dhingra

Despite having lost three friends in climbing accidents, Paul Clark tries to spend as many weekends and holidays in the mountains as he possibly can. When asked why he still continues climbing, he replies, 'Climbing is not homogeneous - each climb has different degrees of difficulty. You wouldn't expect a friend of Ayrton Senna to give up driving to work because he died in a racing accident. I only concern myself with the easier climbs'. I consoled myself with these words as I apprehensively made my way to Betws-y-coed in North Wales to find out the reason for his obsession.

Motor Racing: Mansell coy on F1 return

AMID speculation that he may return to Formula One to fill the vacancy left by the death of Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell went back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the final warm up before the Indy 500, writes Toni Toomey from Indianapolis.

'News at Ten' takes a turn towards the tabloids

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What the papers said about . . . Ayrton Senna

'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

Leading Article: Death in the afternoon

SAO PAOLO's traffic came to a halt yesterday as thousands of Brazilians came on to the streets to grieve as the coffin carrying Ayrton Senna came home. On the other side of the world, in Paris, motor sport's governing body, the FIA, issued its first response to the appalling events at Imola last weekend, which culminated in Senna's fatal 180mph crash.

Motor Racing: 200,000 to pay respects

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