Let’s see, Monaco… I went there five times during the summer I lived in Nice because everyone who came to visit me always wanted to go there! You can get there from Nice by train, bus or car very quickly… The local bus tickets were only a couple of euros, but on the way back […]

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Ayrton Senna. The King of Monaco GP

The 2014 season is gone and in Lewis Hamilton, the world has a new Formula One champion. If you are an avid Formula One fan, you must have heard comparisons being made between Ayrton Senna and Hamilton. However, you have to analyze the legendary Senna to evaluate these comparisons. Does the young Briton have anything in common with the great Brazilian?

Senna’s Early Years

Born on 1st May 1960 in Brazil to a wealthy family, Ayrton Senna was athletic from an early age. By the age of 7 years, he could drive his father’s jeep on their farm even as he excelled in gymnastics and other sports. With support from his father, he moved to go-karting eventually winning the South American Kart Championship in 1977.

His racing spirit took him to a runners-up position in the Karting World Championship from 1978 to 1982 performing excellently. With great stars such as Jackie Stewart and Jim Clarke making a name for themselves in Formula One, it was only a matter of time before Senna moved to England for single-seat racing.

Pressure from family back in Brazil saw him announce retirement from Formula Ford only to return and win the 1982 British and Europe Formula Ford 2000. 1983 marked the arrival of a great championship after winning the British Formula Three Championship in a tightly contested last race.

Hail the Champion

1984 is a crucial year in Senna’s Formula One history. It was during this year he debuted at the Brazilian GP in Rio de Janeiro with Toleman. This was a new team on less reliable Pirelli tires. However, he was able to light up the streets of Monaco with an impressive run in the rain where he came in second after the race stopped for safety reasons.

The Lotus era from 1985 to 1987 gave Senna a chance to prove he was a mercurial driver. In 1987, he was to take his first win at Monaco GP, followed by five more victories in the municipality. His rivalry with Alain Prost was also thrilling during this period especially on the Monte Carlo streets.

The 1988 Portuguese Grand Prix was dramatic and showed just how bad the relationship between the two McLaren drivers was. The battles went on and in 1994; Senna was able to join Williams after retirement of Prost.

With safety issues at Imola dominating the news, Senna felt greatly aggrieved and he said as much. It was like a premonition because he went ahead to have an accident at the Tamburello corner while driving at 220kph.

Medical emergency aid could not help him and by the time emergency services took him to hospital, the F1 legend was dead. While he might be gone, Senna will always remain a legend especially due to his exploits on the streets of Monte Carlo. Why not honor his memory with a visit to the Monaco Grand Prix? Go to Senate Grand Prix to book your tickets, hotel or a complete package.

The rise and rise of Sahara Force India F1 team

forceindia2012Sahara Force India F1 team is one of the most colourful competitors in Formula One racing. The team’s cars have Indian flag colors emblazoned on them. The team is also colourful in another way; it has one of the fastest pit stop crews among the 11 competing teams. The team joined in 2007. It spent most of the 2008 racing season establishing a racing base.

Enter Adrian Sutil – a driver so full of talent

The talented driver, Adrian Sutil joined Sahara Force India in 2008. He showed a rare brilliance during that year’s Monaco Grand Prix. He was in fourth position in the final stages of the race. Unfortunately for him, Kimi Raikkonen would push his car off the road. Nonetheless, the team finished in 10th position which was a commendable feat.

Changeover from Ferrari to Mercedes power

In 2009, the team switched to a Mercedes-powered engine. The effects of this changeover reflected in drivers’ performance. Soon enough, Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella, the team’s drivers began showing why other teams should not take it for granted. At the Shanghai circuit, Adrian was again a driver to watch. He was in sixth place on a rainy racing day before the wet circuit made him slide and veer of the road.

Fisichella earns team second place in Belgium

The Mercedes-powered VJM02 car kept getting stronger. At the Spa circuit, in the Belgium Grand Prix, Sahara Force India’s Fisichella finished in second position. Raikkonen took the winning slot. Moving forward to Monza, Adrian pushed the car even harder. His efforts paid off when he qualified with the second fastest time. He, however, managed to finish the race in fourth place. That year, the team finished ninth position.

Team gets even better in 2010

By 2010, the team promoted Tonio Liuzzi to a top Sahara Force India driver. Tonio did not have the best of luck that year but he managed to finish the Korean Grand Prix in sixth position. Meanwhile, Adrian Sutil finished fifth in both the Malaysia and Belgium Grand Prix. The team climbed two places to wind up the year in seventh place.

Paul Di Resta, a reserve driver for the team, eventually got a race seat in 2011. Force India also brought in Nico Hulkenberg. In every race that they participated in during that year, Paul and Adrian scooped top points. The team now ranked sixth. Adrian was placed ninth and Paul thirteenth.