São Paulo’s Interlagos is a massively better racetrack than neighboring Rio de Janeiro’s Jacarepaguá but it has its downside: you can’t take photos of Formula One cars, like Alain Prost’s McLaren MP4/4, against the blue skies and green hills of Guanabara Bay. Life’s little choices. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Getty Images) » 2/20/13 1:59pm 2/20/13 1:59pm

When Gordon Murray failed

The man who designed some of the wildest and most successful Formula One cars of all time, as well as the McLaren F1, is indeed something of a prophet of clever aerodynamics. But when this picture was taken, at the 1986 Spanish Grand Prix, Murray’s latest radical design sucked big time. It was also the way to the… » 11/18/11 4:30pm 11/18/11 4:30pm

The dawn of Formula One’s most dominant car

When the 1988 Formula One season began in Rio de Janeiro, nobody knew that the record book on dominance was about to be rewritten. But that’s just what happened. When the bottom half of this car, the McLaren MP4/4, was attached to the carbon fiber shell photographed at dusk before the race, all mayhem was let loose.… » 7/04/11 4:00pm 7/04/11 4:00pm

Chatting about Ayrton Senna’s greatest qualifying lap

Yeah, it’s that lap. Laps, in fact. His third race for McLaren, the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix, when Ayrton Senna got himself into the mother of all flow experiences and out-qualified Alain Prost by a second and a half, then out-qualified himself lap after lap in the McLaren MP4/4: » 7/01/11 3:00pm 7/01/11 3:00pm

The Enigma Of Ayrton Senna's Nephew Bruno

A few months before his death, Ayrton Senna remarked the now-famous line about his sister Viviane's 10-year-old son: "If you think I'm fast, just wait until you see my nephew Bruno." We've now seen him race. But have we really? » 1/12/11 4:45pm 1/12/11 4:45pm

Ayrton Senna's High-Speed Exploits at Suzuka

After a two year detour to Fuji Speedway, the Japanese Grand Prix returns this Sunday to Suzuka Circuit, Honda’s scintillating test track where Ayrton Senna ran a pulverizing qualifier to take pole position twenty years ago. » 10/01/09 9:00am 10/01/09 9:00am