Principles of Race Driving
Ayrton Senna was invited to put into words what it takes to become a great driver. In 1991, the book Guidare in Pista (Ayrton Senna’s Principles of Race Driving) came out in Italy, one of the countries most passionate for Formula 1.
It is a valuable guide written by the driver, with tips and explanations about all of the preparations and reactions necessary to dominate an extremely fast car on a track and beat the competition.
The principles of race driving were finally revealed.
From anonimity to stardom
While Brazil cheered Emerson Fittipaldi’s wins in F-1 (in 1972, he became the country’s first world champion), a kid from São Paulo walked anonymously around the go-kart track of Interlagos.
Besides being known as the “King of the Rain”, Ayrton Senna was also renowned for his superiority in street-circuit races. In total, 16 of Ayrton´s 65 poles positions (24,6%) and 13 of
Many years ago, Formula 1 allowed a great variety of paths on the same track. It was possible to see drivers taking the same curve in different ways and the advantage went to those who discovered the
The Formula 1 designers and engineers always endeavored to improve the power of the car with more and more powerful engines and machines. But these factors alone do not turn a driver into a
The Formula 1 racetracks are a series of corners interspaced with straight stretches of varying lengths. The first lesson in learning how to drive well is that the errors made on the bends are paid
Techniques for Changing Gears
The changing of gears in a racecar is as fundamental as braking or accelerating. It is a factor that differentiates more experienced drivers from beginners; those who know their car well can gain
The Best use of Tires
The tire is a fundamental part of the car’s performance. All of the setups made to the suspension has the objective of perfecting its functioning and performance and no decision about the machine
Beyond the limits of grip
Secrets of a wet track
Grip is vital in an F1 racecar – that’s why it’s one of the most checked items of a car before, during and after each race. Speed, stability and tire wear must be carefully balanced, so that
Passing and Overtaking
The objective of any driver is to be in front of their competitors and win the race. If they are behind someone, they need to pass them. If they are in the lead, they have to do everything so that no
Preparation and Training
Being fast in Formula 1 is important but it isn’t everything. To win races and championships, a driver needs to have the physical training of an athlete throughout the entire year, including the