Why Senna's rookie F1 season was so special

Why Senna's rookie F1 season was so special

One of the 1984 Formula 1 season's most fascinating storylines was the emergence of Ayrton Senna. Two Toleman chiefs reflect on exactly what made it such a special rookie campaign

Ayrton Senna's debut Formula 1 season with Toleman in 1984 has gone down in history, in large part because of his famous drive to second place in the rain at Monaco. That iconic event was used as the starting point for the acclaimed Senna documentary, and indeed it was the first time the wider world sat up and took note of this Brazilian newcomer.

However, for those paying attention, his talent had been apparent for some time.

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