The Life of Senna, by Tom Rubython 
Hardcover, © 2004 BusinessF1 Books, ISBN 9780954685706

The Life of SennaSunday, 1 May 1994 will be forever remembered as day that Ayrton Senna was taken from Formula 1, when his car inexplicably failed to take the Tamburello corner while he was leading the San Marino Grand Prix. One of the greatest talents the sport had ever seen would be declared dead just hours after being airlifted to hospital.

While there are many Senna books in the marketplace, Tom Rubython’s The Life of Senna takes the cake as being among the most comprehensive out there. At over 600 pages, it is a mammoth book that offers an in-depth account of Senna’s life.

As a Formula 1 fan who was raised watching Senna’s exploits in awe, I thought I knew all there was to know about him. But there are some fascinating insights I wasn’t at all aware of, and Rubython has researched the Brazilian’s life extensively.

It’s very detail-laden and quite an investment to read – and there are times when it verges on being a little biased in the perception of Senna – but it is well worth the effort.

Finding a more thorough biography would prove a very tough task indeed.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.