You don't have to be a fan of watching fast cars drive around in circles to enjoy this compelling, almost surrealist documentary about Brazilian racing champion, Ayrton Senna. Asif Kapadia's wildly ambitious and highly inspiring film begins with Senna's arrival into Formula One during the 1984 season and concentrates mostly on his career with British team McLaren Racing Limited, during which he became a World Champion and had a longstanding rivalry with his fellow team member, Alain Prost, which escalated into a dangerous two-man war on the track and an intense psychological battle off of it during the 1989 and 1990 seasons. Senna also touches on his political struggles with Jean-Marie Balestre, the head of FISA (Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile), and climaxes with his death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, an event that would end up being a major turning point in the development of Formula One in regards to safety (Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger also died at this event in a separate accident). The racing scenes are top-notch, but it's the man more than his machines that's the focus here; Ayrton Senna himself is portrayed as a highly spiritual, extremely generous and ultimately humble patriot, one who died tragically and way too young at the age of 34.
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