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    for the people who cant remember this the loss of two great drivers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H3lw...eature=related

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    The blame has always been pointed at mechanical failure but I think it was thought that caused it, you can see Ayrton is clearly not Ayrton before the race, his mind is absolutely racing with thought's towards Rubins and Roland, and at 190mph you need 100% concentration.

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    Remember that day like it was yesterday.

    I read an excellent book which went in which the author examined the telemetry from the Williams in minute detail.

    It's well worth a read and covers Senna's state of mind including a brief moment when he considered retiring after the events of qualifying. Sid Watkins in fact tried to pursuade him to retire.

    Then there was the steering column which was too short. An extra piece was welded on which some believe failed and caused the crash. The change was made before the start of the season though. Not before the San Marino G.P.

    The one that convinced me the most starts with Senna and other drivers complaining about the bumps just before the tamberello curve. The cars were very skittish across them especially with the cold tyres.

    The restart after the startline incident mean that the tyres were not up to the full racing temperature and Schumacher (who was behind Senna) noted the Williams was producimg more sparks through being too low than any other car.

    The Telemetry showed that Senna's input via the steering wheel, accelerator. brakes etc. was more or less identical his a normal racing line approaching Tambarello.

    The first sign of something being wrong in the car was him applying heavy braking as the car drifted away from the left hand apex.

    The book is called Ayrton Senna. As time goes by.

    Written by Christopher Hilton
    Last edited by Stevel; 1st December 2007 at 16:58. Reason: To add book

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