Ayrton Senna, karting, 1982

New feature-length Senna documentary to tell story of his early years

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In the round-up: Plans for a new feature-length documentary on Ayrton Senna have been revealed.

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New Senna documentary revealed

“Senna Kart – A Pura Competicao” (‘Senna Kart – Pure Competition’), a new feature-length documentary about the three-times Formula 1 champion, will focus on the early years of his career in the South American and World Kart Championships. Gullane Entretenimento, which is behind a dramatisation of the driver’s life due for release on Netflix later this year, are producing the film in conjunction with Canal Azul.

Variety reports production will begin in the second half of this year.

Record US viewership for Canadian GP

American network broadcaster ABC reported a record audience for its live coverage of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

An average of 1.8 million viewers watched the race. The broadcast saw a peak of 1.97m, a rise of 2% compared to the previous year.

Formula E reveals 2024-25 calendar

Formula E will split its next season across two years for the first time since its pandemic-affected 2019-20 championship. The 2024-25 season will begin in Sao Paulo, Brazil this December and conclude in London the following July.

Its 17 races will be split across 11 venues. Among the changes are the return of Miami, which last hosted the championship in its inaugural season.

However several details remain to be determined, according to the draft calendar approved by the FIA World Motorsport Council, including the venue for round five and the track to be used for the Saudi Arabian round, which previously took place at Diriyah.

Race Country Venue
1 Brazil Sao Paulo
2 Mexico Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
3 Saudi Arabia TBA
4 Saudi Arabia TBA
6 USA Miami
7 Monaco Monte Carlo
8 Monaco Monte Carlo
9 Japan Tokyo
10 Japan Tokyo
11 China Shanghai International Circuit
12 China Shanghai International Circuit
13 Indonesia Jakarta
14 Germany Berlin
15 Germany Berlin
16 United Kingdom London
17 United Kingdom London

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DRS sceptics “be careful what you wish for”?

Assessing the FIA’s planned new Formula 1 rules for 2026, ex-driver turned commentator Martin Brundle “those celebrating the imminent demise of the DRS rear wings, be careful what you wish for.” However, writing in his column for Sky, Brundle did not acknowledge the series intends to use a new ‘Manual Override Mode’ to replace DRS by allowing drivers to use more power when they are close enough to a rival.

Silverstone scene for election activity

British prime minister Rishi Sunak sought to leverage the popularity of Formula 1 by using Silverstone, the venue of the British Grand Prix, to launch his party’s manifesto on Tuesday ahead of next month’s general election.

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Comment of the day

@Louis recalls their part in a past Canadian Grand Prix track invasion:

The last time Montreal had a track invasion of 1995 when Alesi won in the number 27 Ferrari. Spectators ran onto the track as the cars crossed the finish line.

I was one of them running to the podium with my Ferrari flag as we sat at the Senna bend (second curve). The promoter/organiser at the time was heavily criticized by FIA and the following year, the organiser hired all these big guys guarding the fence the whole race, making sure no spectators would do anything silly; taking into consideration that was Jacques Villeneuve’s first F1 race in front of the home crowd.

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16 comments on “New feature-length Senna documentary to tell story of his early years”

  1. Oh, wow, maybe time for a doc about one of F1’s other drivers…

    1. Go on then… Do you have the passion? If there’s one thing I learnt about Senna from the movie about him it’s that people are Very passionate about Senna. He inspired a nation and to an extent the world.
      Ultimately things exist because people are passionate enough to bring them to life.

      1. Wow, super deep point…

    2. The 70s into early 80s was a really interesting period for karting competition which is worthy of a documentary all on its own. It’ll bring a lot of new names (and perspectives) to the wider audience if done correctly of course.

    3. Derek Edwards
      12th June 2024, 7:37

      I recommend Crash And Burn, about Tommy Byrne.

    4. As Tristan said to have a docu there must be someone want to make it .. that are most the passional fans who has to make those steps.
      That why you see a lot of Documentaries or fans contribute for Max (for example) but for George, Charles, Sainz and Lando not yet.

      1. @macleod Remember that only works if those “passionate fans” happen to be the sort of people in position to make the documentary and get clearance from the sort of people who would make it an interesting documentary (not necessarily the drivers themselves, depending on what sort of documentary is intended, but at the very least some people in their circle have to be willing to clear their own participation, something they are unlikely to do for random fans of any level of passion).

        1. @alianora-la-canta your offcourse correct in both causes.

    5. There’s the Andrea Moda (team) documentary on Vimeo. And there’s the Schumacher one (which is rubbish). And there’s Red 5 (Mansell) which shows occasionally on various Sky channels. And there’s many books and autobiographies – Flat Out, Flat Broke, by Perry McCarthy – which is excellent.

      Plenty of alternatives if you want to find them.

      1. Those are ancient now.

  2. I don’t see how the saying ‘be careful what you wish for’ truly applies to DRS getting removed & replaced.
    MOM & active aero will be enough.
    On the other hand, I agree that Russell’s return to the track was unnecessarily hasty & risked a rear-end collision if not for a quick last-minute side change.

    Considering that a track invasion before all remaining drivers had returned to the pit lane had happened as far back as 1995, & the consequent reactionary move to prevent it from reoccurring makes reoccurring nearly 30 years later all the more surprising, albeit likewise, Melbourne had already seen premature invasions before the 2023 race.
    Monza also had one in 2000, but at least they’ve managed to avoid repeats, unlike the former two locations.

    1. On the other hand, I agree that Russell’s return to the track was unnecessarily hasty & risked a rear-end collision if not for a quick last-minute side change.

      Absolutely, there was no reason to continue to come across the track like that into the path of Verstappen. Got away with spectacularly bad driving. I hazard a guess that if it was anyone else bar the top few drivers that would have been a collision. Stroll, without a doubt.

    2. I don’t see how the saying ‘be careful what you wish for’ truly applies to DRS getting removed & replaced.

      Because the alternative could (and likely will) be even worse for racing, @jerejj.

  3. “those celebrating the imminent demise of the DRS rear wings, be careful what you wish for.”

    Why are the DRS defenders so reluctant to see a return to real racing & a scenario where drivers actually have to work at pulling off an real & exciting overtake rather than just pushing a button and getting a boringly easy highway pass?

    I mean look at Montreal last weekend. Without DRS we had an exciting fight for the lead between George & Max with Lando catching them to make it a 3 car fight. DRS gets turned on & Lando breezes past both of them easily which completely ruined the great battle we may have seen.

    And then later on without DRS after the SC we had probably the best overtake of the season so far with Albon threading the needle past 2 cars using the slipstream, Good judgement & braking later.

    DRS is nothing but quantity over quality and does nothing to make the actual racing more exciting. I mean seriously think back over the last 13 years DRS, What DRS ‘overtake’ has actually been exciting to watch or memorable to the point of it been fondly looked back on today and shown in various highlight clips & such?

    None that I can think of because DRS simply doesn’t produce good racing in terms of actual exciting & memorable overtakes! And sadly I am sceptical this overly complex MOM system is going to be any better in that regard! Just ditch the silly artificial anti-racing gimmicks & lets go back to proper racing featuring real overtaking!

    1. And speaking of DRS. It’s infesting another series.

      It has no place in a spec chassis junior series. Firstly because the junior categories should be about drivers learning to race & figure out how to overtake without falling back of silly artificial gimmicks. Secondly with a spec chassis it should be easier to come up with a car that is able to race well without needing the silly artificial gimmick band-aids.

      It’s becoming more & more clear that many of these series no longer care about racing and only care about quantity to pad the stat books because somewhere along the lines everyone became far too obsessed only with how many passes take place rather than what the actual quality of the racing. Sad times.

  4. The 2026 changes sound like a more complex version of DRS, so I’m already highly sceptical of it. DRS needed removing, not transmuting.

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