We have been running a competition on JA on F1 for fans to use the crossover appeal of the Senna film to give a friend or partner who doesn’t get Formula 1 some kind of understanding of, and interest in, the sport.
We were looking for comments from the sceptic about what the film had made them see about F1. And we had some fantastic entries.
Most of the entries were from women, it must be said, largely partners of F1 fanatics who have been ‘converted’ to the cause!
Manish Pandey, the writer and producer of the Senna movie and I have been looking through the responses. We liked Daisy Wilde’s comments on how the movie opened her eyes to F1’s sporting tensions as well as the politics.
We also liked Mitzi’s thoughtful comments about what the film made her feel about risk and the pursuit of sporting glory in F1, “I saw something I couldn’t quite understand, a fine balance between the need to win, to live on the limit, and the need to keep the racing pure. I see that this need to find the limit and push on it still defines F1 today, from driver to engineer.”
But the winner has to be Hayley Fox. Manish texted me shortly after she posted her comment and we were looking hard to see if there was anything better. But there isn’t. Her perspective not just on the film but on F1 and how it needs to find a way to cross-over to a wider audience – as the film does – is very interesting.
So congratulations to Hayley, who wins the prize, which is a Dream weekend for two at the Santander British Grand Prix, this weekend, July 8th-10th with 2 Grandstand tickets for all three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as hotel accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights in Oxford and transportation to and from the event.
Many thanks to our friends at Santander UK, who generously donated this fantastic prize.
The winner will also get a signed Senna movie poster and a collectors’ edition Blu ray of the film (when it’s released).
There is a signed and framed Senna poster and a copy of the Blu ray for the runner up, Daisy Wilde.
And there is a poster and a Blu ray for the highly commended effort of Mitzi. We will be in touch via email to get the prizes to you all and thanks to everyone for taking part.
Hayley Fox writes: “My Husband is a huge F1 fan and loves Senna and begged me to go to the cinema to see Senna,
I hated F1 and could not see its appeal silly men sitting in silly cars going round and round.
Well we arrived at Cineworld in Crawley after driving all the way from Dover to see it. I was not happy we had driven nearly 2 hours just to see a film i was not interested in.
Well within 20 minutes I was hooked to the film not because of the man it was based on but it felt like a real drama film with all sorts of action.
To list a few it had drama, love (peoples passion for the cars the circuits and the people), politics, bullying, aggression, fear and a sense of family within this thing that I now understand to be called motorsport and formula 1.
The start just hooked me in and as it went on despite my husband telling me the ending hundreds of times I was scared as the ending began to get ever near. I watched in horror as the ratzenburger crash happened and could not believe how people can act or feel when things like this happened.
I also noticed that the bullying that seemed to be thrown at Senna during the accident with Prost was very unjust F1 seems to make you guilty for supposedly breaking rules that are dangerous in the first place or certainly were when this happened.
When the Senna fatal accident finally happened I was basically crying not just because of his crash but because it seemed that senna felt he was the leader of the sport and even though ratzenburger had died the day before and the crash of his friend barichello, he had said to the doctor that he had to go on because he could not leave the sport in the state it was in.
To me it felt like a political leader or a president vowing to stand by and protect his people during war when people are needlessly dying for no need or because they follow the wrong rule. He felt like a man who held the sport together
After watching the film I was sad it had ended it a film that left me wanting more although I knew it could not. Senna I have begun to learn was not just a special person in a sport but was seen as god to the people of Brazil.
I loved watching the close racing and the politics and the badly thrown accusations and in some cases bullies like FIA leader Ballestre.
At the end of the film I said to my husband what great acting to which he replied that was not acting that was made using interviews and real footage of senna and races. I was even more full of phraise when he said this because it has been put together beautifully even though it may be a bit biased towards senna but you can forgive the film for that because of its beautiful story it tells.
Senna to me seemed loved by everyone who watched, wanted by those who worked in the sport and envied if not slightly hated by those who ran the sport because he was not afraid to speak his mind.
I have since watched some formula one races and ask questions all the time, whos that how does that work whats in the car how do the cars work.
I now get the appeal of formula 1 but cant understand why it is not advertised to the wider audience to people like me who used to hate it. I watched a recording of the canadian grand prix my husband had and if they used that to advertise formula 1 more people would want to watch and want to know about the sports heroes like Senna and would want to see the film. I am in no doubt that many people who were reluctant to go watch senna but were forced by their sport loving partners are now the same as me asking “can I watch a race with you” “when is the next race” “where is it” and bugging their partners with questions so many times that their partners are asking why did you not watch this before and at the same time saying oh god why did I take you to that film.
I can’t wait to watch more races and listen to the stories my husband tells me about what happened in the f1 news and who this is and whats happening.
I dont care how long it takes me to learn but I will stick to it like a new hobby.”