Senna is a British 2010 documentary film directed by Asif Kapadia.

It depicts the life, and death, of three-time World Champion Ayrton Senna, from his beginnings in Formula One to his tragic death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

The film solely uses archive racing footage and home videos from the Senna family. It is not formally narrated, and does not contain retrospective video interviews.


It begins with Ayrton Senna's journey to England and his races in Formula One's feeder formulae, before his début at the 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix for Toleman. Senna's impressive second place at the Monaco Grand Prix next shown.

His three years at Lotus are only briefly covered, before his move to McLaren and his rivalry with Alain Prost.

Aftr his move to Williams, the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix is strongly focused on. The film shows the effects on Senna from Rubens Barrichello's accident, and the emotional pain he feels after Roland Ratzenberger is killed. The film then documents Senna's own crash and resultant death and the global reaction.

The film then documents Senna's funeral, and the pain felt by both Brazilians and those involved in F1.


Senna received critical acclaim, scoring 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, with most reviewers awarding the film 4 or 5 stars. It was nominated for seven awards, winning six.


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