Senna let you believe he would rather have an accident than yield to you. But the car control I saw from him, especially in the rain, was just extraordinary. He had a sixth sense where the grip was. One example stands out a mile. Early on at Silverstone I beat him off the line in appalling conditions. So I am heading down to Stowe [a fast right-hand corner at the end of the Hangar Straight] and it’s soaking wet. I brake for the corner really nicely on the inside – only for Ayrton to go flying past me on the outside. I’m thinking inside the car “Bye, see you… wouldn’t want to be you!" At which point, after I have tippy-toed through the apex, he emerges in front of me, having done a wall of death on the rubbishy bits of old tyres where he knew there was more grip. Shortly after this, the race was red-flagged because of a big shunt involving someone else. We’re back in the pits and I’m thinking I’m going to try that. On the formation lap for the restart I go steaming down the outside of Stowe, hit a puddle and just keep the car out of the barriers. Remember that all I am doing is going to the grid for the restart. Right, I tell myself, I won’t be doing that in the race. Ayrton beat me off the line and we finished first and second. Talking to him on the podium, I said to him, “Your line wasn’t so special at Stowe in the second part of the race, was it?" Senna replied “I didn’t try it. There was too much water to do that again." How did he know that? When a circuit is covered in water, you don’t know how deep the lying water is. Anyway, he somehow knew not to try it again. That story is all you need to know to sum up the extraordinary ability of Ayrton Senna.
Martin Brundle on Ayrton Senna