Spirit of Reims.
“This test must have been one hell of a babtism for Ayrton because the car wasn´t that easy to drive. It was quick, but it wasn´t easy. The BWM engine had a single cast-iron turbo and it took a while to spool, which meant there was a bit of throttle delay before it boosted power. It must have been very different to anything Ayrton had driven before, but I dont remember him having any problems with it.” - technical director Gordon Murray about Ayrton Senna´s F1 test with the Brabham BT52B in 1983.
“You can tell immediately when you have a special driver in your car and he was very special.” - team manager Herbie Blash about F3 champion Ayrton Senna testing Nelson Piquet´s Brabham BT52B F1 car @ Paul Ricard circuit in 1983.
Circuit Paul Ricard.
Shooting out of Variante Ascari.
May the g-force be with you.
Le Mans: Sunday morning.