Memories of Senna: Anecdotes & Insights from Those Who Knew himMemories of Senna: Anecdotes & Insights from those who knew him, by Christopher Hilton 
Hardcover, © 2003 Haynes, ISBN 9780857332295

The late Christopher Hilton could well be considered as something of an authority on three-time World Champion Ayrton Senna, whose death in 1994 is still painfully raw for so many Formula 1 fans.

To many, he was more than just a great racing driver. He was a charismatic, personable and flawed human being, despite his undoubted prowess behind the wheel. Much has been written about him already (indeed, Hilton had himself penned several books on Senna), but none have taken the approach that this book does…

Using the same model that he had used to write his outstanding Memories of James Hunt title (reviewed here on, over 120 people who knew him, worked alongside him and competed against him were approached and asked a single question: ‘What is your strongest memory of Ayrton Senna?’

The end result is a story, told completely as a collection of quotes and anecdotes, that is an intimate and personal portrait of this deeply complex man which covers his first formative steps into karting right through to his death on that black Sunday at Imola.

This isn’t just your standard collection of quotes from high-profile figures like Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley, Gerhard Berger, Ron Dennis, and the like. There are stories from team insiders and personal friends as well, some of whom have never spoken publicly about him.

It’s a unique approach to take putting such a book together, but ultimately it’s a success.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Memories of Senna: Anecdotes & Insights from those who knew him

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