Brazilian Grand Prix: Longing for Senna

Brazilian Grand Prix: Longing for Senna

In Sao Paulo look for the first time since 1969, not only the local fans, but also the racers. No Brazilians made it to Formula One in 2018 – the lack of good drivers puts fans to the test.

Telling stories from the host country at the Brazilian Grand Prix is ​​not exactly easy. Anyway, when it comes to racer stories. For the first time since 1969, this time no Brazilian pilot is in Formula 1 at the start. Which is why, once again, the fear of the robbers around the aging Autodromo Carlos Pace has to be considered "typical" for the race in Sao Paulo.

In fact, the melancholy is great in a nation ranked third in the Country Rankings for the United Kingdom (18) and Germany (12) with eight titles. Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, and Emerson Fittipaldi are still celebrities who are revered far beyond their homeland.

Brazilian yearning figure: the 1996 crashed Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna (archive image).

(Photo: REUTERS)

The follow-up staff in the new millennium also occasionally played a role in the title, but rarely a glorious. Rubens Barrichello, working as a colleague of Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, was twice in the wake of the Kerpeners World Cup place two celebrate, but his fame came from the humiliation by stall order ago. In a television comedy Rubinho was shown as "donkeys in bathing slippers". After all, with 323 races, the 46-year-old still holds the endurance record in the premier class.

Massa was probably the nicest pilot – and the most tragic loser

Felipe Massa fared better with Ferrari. Probably the nicest driver of the paddock had been sponsored by Schumacher, and led in the 2008 season until the last corner of the last race in the World Cup. When he crossed the finish line, Brazil had a new PS hero, also announced on the up and down train of Interlagos, near which Massa had grown up. But in their national frolic, the hosts had smoothly overlooked first that Lewis Hamilton, who starts from pole this Sunday, had overtaken Hessen Timo Glock on the way to the start and finish, fifth place was enough for the Brit Triumph – Massa was missing a point. From this humiliation he never recovered, at Ferrari Fernando Alonso was soon put under his nose, until the end of last year, he spent a mercy at Williams – also because the television station GloboTV desperately needed any draft horse.

Felipe Massa, here at a Formula 1 promotional event in Rio in early November. The former F-1 driver now starts in Formula E.

(Photo: Mauro Primentel / AFP)

Massa, who after the not so voluntary farewell dedicated to the promotion of karting, will make his comeback as a racing driver in December at the age of 37 – in the alternative racing series Formula E. Brave he speaks of the future. For the Brazilian fans, he was allowed to do a few show laps with his old Formula 1 official car on the streets of Rio de Janeiro as part of the preparatory program for the penultimate World Championship race on Saturday. He says, not only on his own behalf: "It is a pity that currently no Brazilian mitfährt."

Italy has again a regular driver, Brazil test driver

Similar to Italy, which can announce a local regular driver again after seven years of abstinence next year, owning a driver is also a matter of honor for the Brazilians. After all, there are two personnel decisions announced in Sao Paulo, which stir up something like hope. The 20-year-old Formula 2 driver Sérgio Sette Câmara from Belo Horizonte will in future be a test and reserve driver for the struggling McLaren racing team, which celebrated its great triumphs with Senna. The same job, only with the North American Haas team, gets Pietro Fittipaldi, 22, the grandson of the two-time Formula 1 champion.

But reserve, that is not a permanent state. The image, which shows world champion Lewis Hamilton leaning against a wall on which a larger than life portrait of his idol Ayrton Senna is emblazoned, bears the simple hashtag #onelove. This does not just signify the unique love of the British.

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