Senna wins two BAFTA awards

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Ayrton Senna, Toleman, 1984

Ayrton Senna, Toleman, 1984

In the round-up: Senna wins BAFTA awards for Best Documentary and Editing.


BAFTA Film Awards Winners and Nominations in 2012 (BAFTA)

Senna won two BAFTAs and was nominated in the Outstanding British Film category. Read F1 Fanatic’s nine-part series on The Making of Senna here:

Webber again plays down retirement talk (ESPN)

“I’ve been through enough on and off the track to know that nothing is forever. I was supposed to be replaced by Kimi [Raikkonen] four years ago.”

Kobayashi ‘happy’ with start (Sky)

“If I look at the whole picture I am happy with the first test. For sure we have found the right direction to go in.”

Sale rumours hit morale at Lotus (FT, registration required)

“Lotus Cars and its Malaysian owner Proton have dismissed speculation that the glamorous, but long-underperforming, UK sports car brand is about to change hands.”

The uncertain future of the Nurburgring (Autosport, subscription required)

“One scenario has both parties signing provisional contracts; another has each cutting their own deal with Ecclestone ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ financial suicide that would be, as anyone who has negotiated with Ecclestone can attest, but where desperate folk are involved all rational thinking goes out the window ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ but one thing is certain: Hockenheim will not shoulder the burden, and plans to stick resolutely to its (already loss-making) contract.”

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Comment of the day

As one F1 film scoops a pair of awards, Steve Lambert’s been to see where the next one is being filmed:

Just returned from the part built pits set at Blackbush, Hampshire. I was luckily able to see Hunt and Lauda race at Kyalami in ’76! Needless to say, can’t wait to see a film about these two heroes.
Steve Lambert

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On this day in F1

Toro Rosso revealed their second F1 car – the STR2 – on this day in 2007.

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65 comments on Senna wins two BAFTA awards

  1. Tom (@tomforpresident) said on 13th February 2012, 8:44

    Well deserved win for Senna, brilliant film, was so stoked when they announced it.

    Also anyone who is interested in the new f1 film rush and isn’t already should follow @RealRonHoward on twitter, he is being very generous in showing pre production photos, hopefully that will continue into production. If he isn’t too busy, you know, directing a movie…

  2. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 13th February 2012, 8:46

    I’m glad Senna won but I still don’t think it’s as amazing as all the hype suggests. For people who perhaps aren’t sure of his career or who aren’t really F1 fans, perhaps it works. For me however, aside from a couple of bits of new footage, it seemed little more than the kind of tribute video you find on many drivers on YouTube. Perhaps I’m missing the point though.

    • @dan-thorn I watched it a second time the other week and I agree, I don’t think it is as great as the plaudits seem to suggest. The first time I watched it I think I got carried away with the new footage but the second watch made me revise my opinion somwhat.

      My main gripe is it is not very balanced, some of the content is just plain misleading i.e. After Suzuka 1989 the film makes out Senna was stripped of the world title, rather than just the race win. Even if Senna had kept the win Prost would still have won the title anyway because he DNF in Australia.

      The best part of the film by far and the only bit I feel deserves the hype is the sequence about Imola ’94, that was very moving. The rest in my opinion is somewhat overrated.

      • John H (@john-h) said on 13th February 2012, 12:16

        I hate to say it but I agree with these comments. It’s a great film, but it’s not a classic – but then again most non-F1 fans I know that have seen the film say it’s amazing, and that’s what really matters I guess.

        We fanatics know the story, we just want the odd new bit of footage!

        + The 1994 bit was indeed very moving.

  3. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 13th February 2012, 10:22

    Funnily enough i was looking at the film at a WHSmith store near me on Saturday. Delighted to hear all of this. Might, no I MUST pick up a copy one day.

  4. The Limit said on 13th February 2012, 15:08

    I like the Raikkonen comment by Mark Webber. However, one can assume that if it is true that Red Bull were interested in Kimi back in 2008, then there is nothing stopping them from becoming interested again! Ofcourse alot depends on how things pan out at Lotus and how well Webber performs. Its worth remembering that Mark didn’t have the best of years in 2011, certainly when you compare it to the year before when he was a title contender, and that he had a great car at his disposal.
    Like with all teams, there is always someone else waiting in the wings when drivers are not performing. Just look at Felipe Massa in 2011, with all the rumours of Perez taking his seat at Ferrari, something that may still happen unless Felipe gets back to form.
    Naturally I hope Webber and Massa both have great seasons, especially Felipe for I fear the clock is ticking not in his favour at Ferrari. I can see Raikkonen at Red Bull though, even with Sebastien Vettel there. Kimi’s got the nuts to take that job on because I don’t think he cares one bit what people think or say. It would really be something to see Raikkonen again driving a Newey designed car, especially if it is a rocketship like we have seen the last two seasons.
    But, as usual, trust Webber to come out with some good sarcasm! Love it…

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