“I’ve been through a lot and I realise the future can’t be controlled. I’m not worried. You can always learn to overcome difficulties.”
“You appreciate that it is very easy to die and you have to arrange your life to cope with that reality.”
It was with great sadness I read that Formula 1 great Niki Lauda had passed away at the age of 70. Courage comes in many forms and he had it throughout his life. The courage to go against his family’s wishes and follow his dream, the courage to drive a car at the fastest of speeds on all kinds of tracks and the courage to race (and win) again after a horrific accident that had lasting physical and mental damage. Farewell Niki Lauda, who was always far more than a 3 time Formula 1 World Champion.
On the podium, Ayrton was so nice and at one point he leaned over to me and whispered into my ear: “Well done Nigel. It’s such a good feeling, isn’t it? Now you know why I’m so difficult sometimes. I don’t ever want to lose the feeling or share it without anyone else.”
The indisputed genius that was three-time F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna, revealing in one quote his insatiable competitiveness and undeniable charm that made him so loved. The quote came in the both hugely entertaining and highly inspiring read, Staying on Track: The Autobiography (2015) by Nigel Mansell, who famously won the 1992 Formula 1 World Championship.
A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends
Nikki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) from the adrenalin-fulled sporting drama Rush (2013). Based on the true story of the fight for the 1976 Formula 1 championship, it tells the complex competitive relationship between the calculated Lauda and playboy James Hunt. You can find my review of the film here.
There were some incredible shots in the black and white sporting photographs post, but here are eight different sports, this time using colour. Do you have a favourite of the eight? Which do you think was the most impressive?
There’s only one word that describes Ayrton’s style, and that is: fast. He would take the car beyond it’s design capabilities. He would brake later, fly into these corners where the car was just over the edge, and somehow, he could dance and dance with that car, to where it stayed on track.
Former ESPN Motorsport journalist John Bisignano, speaking in the sporting documentary Senna (2010).