Ayrton Senna lived fast and died hard. As one of the premiere Formula One racecar drivers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Senna took plenty of risks both on and off the track, becoming a controversial figure in the international sports world and a national hero in his home country of Brazil. Senna’s passion for what ESPN analyst John Bisignamo describes as “pure driving”, a racing experience without the influence of money or ideology, often clashed with crippling politics and bureaucracy of the sport. As a result, Senna often challenged Formula One’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), in devastatingly public disputes that fascinated fans and laypersons everywhere. Eventually, these emotional and ideological car wrecks took more of a toll on Senna than the races themselves.
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