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Ayrton Senna died 17 years ago and he is still very well remembered and considered by many as the greatest Formula One driver of all time. I was too little when he raced in F1 and I only managed to see a couple of his races. All I can say is that I think he was the most ambitious driver in the history of F1. His rivalry with Prost is unmatched and the races they had together were unbelievable.

At the 2011 Sundace Film Festival a documentary about his life was shown and was met with critical acclaim. The work of executive producer Manish Pandey and British director Asif Kapaida, tells the story of one of the most famous F1 racers through valuable archive footage. This means that the documentary consists of exciting overtaking maneuvers, incredible crashes and great racing sequences that this competition has ever seen.

According to L.A. Times, the “Senna” documentary not only shows his competitive personality, but also his spiritual side. Manish Pandey told the Sundace audience that he already showed the documentary to Ron Dennis, who is the current chairman at McLaren Automotive and the ex-boss of the highly-acclaimed McLaren Formula One racing team. After seeing “Senna”, Ron Dennis cried for about 10 minutes and after that he spent the next two hours talking about the F1 legend – Ayrton Senna.

The Brazilian pilot managed to win three F1 championships and 33 races overall. He died in a crash at the age of 34 at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.

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Speaking during yesterday’s official presentation of the MP4-12C sportscar, McLaren head honcho Ron Dennis revealed to the press that future models coming from the new McLaren Automotive division will only be sportscars, with just two seats.

“We intend to have a diverse product range but they will all have two seats,” he said. “This is our heritage – we are sportscar makers and the engine will be in the back of all our cars.”

This way, Dennis denied any rumors that his company would go the route of Porsche, which revealed the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sedan, or Aston Martin, which launched the Rapide sedan recently. During the conference Dennis was even asked, jokingly, about an MP4-12C crossover. He immediately smiled alongside his colleagues.

Sticking with future plans for McLaren, the company said that it wants to get two new models out there, one targeted at the Porsche 911 market segment, and one to continue the heritage of the iconic F1 hypercar.

Until then, Dennis revealed that McLaren will be available to future MP4-12C customers in aiding to spec the car for professional racing. He also said that while a special track car might appear, based on the new model, a one-make series is out of the question, at least for now.

We’re thrilled that McLaren is joining the supercar game, and although we don’t blame Porsche or Aston for their decisions, it’s nice that McLaren will keep its name pure. What do you think? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.


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Earlier today we showed you the first details and pictures of the stunning new McLaren MP4-12C supercar, which will be arriving next year from the UK-based car maker and Formular 1 team. All of the details have certainly raised your appetite for some more footage of the performance car, and thankfully to YouTube, we can now share some interesting hands-on impressions from two men which were quintessential in its creation, Ron Dennis and Anthony Sheriff and famous car enthusiast and talk show host, Jay Leno.

The first video is of Jay and his visit to the McLaren UK headquarters.

You can find the other two videos by clicking the link below.

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Friday, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes announced that Lewis Hamilton signed a new contract with the team. The contract ends in 2012 and it will bring the young British F1 superstar a total of $138 million (that’s about $27 million every year). Not bad for Lewis who, for its 2007 performance got only $700,000. Hamilton, who turned 23 on January 7, signed his first contract with McLaren in 1998, when he was just 13 years old.

The young driver said: “It’s fantastic for me that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has extended my contract until 2012. Whilst last year was my first year with the team in Formula 1, I have been connected to McLaren and Mercedes-Benz since 1998 and feel that I could easily drive for this team for the whole of my Formula 1 career.

I am with the right team to compete for race wins and both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships in the future. We will have a lot of challenges ahead, but I am 100% positive I am with the people to take them on. The first of those challenges is the 2008 season. I am enjoying working closely with Heikki, Pedro, Gary and the team as we push hard with the development of the MP4-23. We have 57 days to go until the lights go out on the grid at Albert Park and we are motivated to make the most of this time and arrive in Melbourne with a competitive car.”


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