sábado, 26 de abril de 2014

Ron Dennis remembers the laughter and fun with Ayrton Senna

Ron Dennis reminisces about his memories with the Legend that is Ayrton Senna. 

Next week will mark 20 years since the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Ratzenberger died in an accident in qualifying for the Grand Prix and then Senna died seven laps into the race after an accident. 

Senna had driven for McLaren before moving to Williams, with whom he won the 1988, 1990 and 1991 world championships with.

Senna and team-mate at the time, Gerhard Berger, played many practical jokes on each other. These included a briefcase being dropped from a helicopter, frogs in a hotel room and smelly cheese in an air vent.

Ron Dennis, McLaren CEO, spoke about the fun times with Senna to Reuters. He said: "Needless to say, when one of the group got back to his room later that night there was nothing in it. Nothing. No furniture. No clothes. Nothing. I remember the laughter and the fun. Normally there'd be things verging on the slapstick and not so funny, especially damaging property which frequently happened... it was childlike but at the same time a really good feeling inside the team."

Dennis revealed that Berger had given him the perfect solution after a tense time between Senna and his previous team-mate Alain Prost and the controversial 1989 Japanese GP.

"Gerhard gave me the perfect weapon to deal with Ayrton because he brought humour to the team. I would say the concept of telling a joke and Ayrton laughing at it was not even possible before Gerhard got in the team. But then that just created a massive ice-breaker. It got to the extreme. Gerhard has no limits. I mean, no limits. He'll go to the point where it is positively dangerous. There was one moment where we were up in Hamilton Island and were diving. And we were at quite a good depth and Gerhard just came and turned my air off. He thought that was hilarious."

Ron acknowledged that the Brazilian's death will be marked around the world and he will be remembered forever, for his greatness: "He was so good for all the period he was on the planet. I can see no positive-ness in the fact that he had an accident and lost his life. But you didn't see any decline. I think there's lots of drivers that stay in the sport too long. And they tarnish their greatness. He was just unbelievably competitive and then boom! Not there. So what do you remember? I never thought 'I wonder what Ayrton would look like if he were here today?'. Well, one thing he would look is a hell of a lot older. And he would have had other things in his life that would have detracted from that reputation. He might have had a failed marriage. He just came to an abrupt end so you remember that greatness. That's one thing. And secondly he was great. Because he had human values, he was very principled."

Source: http://www.f1today.net/es/noticias/ron-dennis-remembers-the-laughter-and-the-fun-with-senna

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