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.

Letter: Death of Senna

Sir: Twelve years ago I went to Brazil as an immature man. They taught me about women, living life, and that a man should express his emotions.

Obituary: Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna da Silva (Ayrton Senna), racing driver: born Sao Paulo, Brazil 21 March 1960; World Formula One Champion 1988, 1990, 1991; married (marriage dissolved); died Imola, Italy 1 May 1994.

Computers: How-to-do-it of manuals: John Watson laments the way most computer guides are written

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Sports Letter: Chance to stub out cigarettes

Sir: I hope your article (20 January) about the Williams-Renault F1 motor racing team will persuade the Government to support the Private Member's Bill to ban tobacco advertising and promotion, as well as the proposed European Directive.

Sports Letters: Senna's driving

Sir: When will Derick Allsop learn that our admiration for Nigel Mansell as a driver is rightly founded on a true appreciation of the quality of his rivals and not by recycling long-exploded smears at their expense? He again (1 December) asserts that Ayrton Senna admitted he drove Alain Prost off the track in the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix. Since the contrary view of John Surtees is not good enough for him, let me remind him of what James Hunt wrote in the Independent last year:

Motor Racing: Williams' sponsor calls for new talks: Frank Williams gives his team's version of a parting of the ways as the world champion puts his viewpoint and Ayrton Senna waits in the wings

THE controversy over Nigel Mansell's departure from the Williams Formula One team took a few new turns last night after Labatt's, one of the team's sponsors, urged the two parties to re-open negotiations. Earlier Frank Williams, the managing director of Williams, maintained that Mansell had turned down several offers to stay with his team next season.
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