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An Ayrton Senna musical will be released Friday in Brazil

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The legend of the late Ayrton Senna continues to grow, with a new musical of Senna’s life set to be released this Friday on the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend.

Asif Kapadia’s 2010 documentary, Senna, was widely regarded as an excellent film to chronicle Senna’s life and career, told only in the words said at the time throughout his rise in Formula 1, through his turbulent battle with Alain Prost, and ultimately his 1994 death at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola.

That was given a widespread release though whereas this musical is a different art form focused solely on Senna’s home country of Brazil.

This sees the Senna story taken to the stage of the Riachuelo Rio Theatre in Brazil, and will give his home country a different kind of performance to pay tribute to Senna’s life.

“Ayrton Senna, The Musical” – or “Ayrton Senna, O Musical” in Portuguese – has been created in partnership with the Senna family’s blessing. The Aventura Entretenimento (responsible by the Brazilian productions of Hair, The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz) produced, Bradesco presented musical will look more at his personality and character rather than his outright driving career itself.

Hugo Bonemer will play Senna, the lead in a 24-character cast directed by Renato Rocha. The full details of the musical are linked here, via the official Senna website.

It still speaks volumes that 23 years after his passing, there remain new ways to keep Senna’s memory alive.

A teaser is below.

Eriksson snatches Macau Formula 3 pole from Norris

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Joel Eriksson snatched pole position for Saturday’s qualifying race ahead of the Macau Grand Prix after a thrilling fight with McLaren youngster Lando Norris and Ferrari junior Callum Ilott.

Norris headed into the second stage of qualifying on provisional pole after lapping almost a second faster than any other driver in Thursday’s first opening session, and remained in contention early in Q2.

Norris was the first driver to dip into the 2:10s with a time of 2:10.744, only for Eriksson to go 0.024 seconds faster minutes later and snatch pole away.

Despite a later effort to try and reclaim pole, Norris was unable to improve his time, and opted to remain in the pits for the final five minutes of the session after using up his allocated tires.

Ilott was the final driver to put in a serious bid for pole position, falling 0.09 seconds short with his final qualifying lap to sit third on the grid for the qualifying race.

Maximilian Gunther claimed fourth place for Prema Powerteam ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Dan Ticktum, with Mick Schumacher taking P7.

Yuhi Sekiguchi wound up eighth despite a late crash that brought out a red flag, while Sergio Sette Camara and Guanyu Zhou completed the top 10 positions in qualifying.

Saturday’s qualifying race will help form the grid for Sunday’s main event, the 64th Macau Grand Prix.