SENNA, the documentary directed by Asif Kapadia and made in collaboration with the Senna family, airs tonight on the NBC Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET.
SENNA premiered to widespread critical acclaim in 2010. It follows the life and career of three-time Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna, and highlights his passion not only for racing but for his home country of Brazil, where he was a national hero.
A mix of interviews with journalists and archived footage tells the story from Senna’s climb up to F1 all the way through the tragic ending of Imola 1994, the San Marino Grand Prix weekend.
The Monaco Grand Prix weekend is always a special remembrance of Senna’s career, as he won on the streets of Monte Carlo a record six times. His sixth and last win occurred 20 years ago in 1993.
Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong
SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.
Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.
Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.
Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.
Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.
With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.
Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.
Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.
GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.