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Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher: Similar F1 Styles but Different Perceptions

Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher both raced with a single-minded determination—even ruthlessness—that allowed them to become two of the greatest drivers in Formula One history...yet their legacies are very different. Senna is nearly worshipped in many quarters. Schumacher, meanwhile, does not seem to be loved outside Germany—not even in Italy, where he returned the revered national-icon Ferrari to dominance in the early 2000s. But why? There are several reasons. First, Senna was killed in the middle of his career—his undiminished memory was frozen in time. In contrast, everyone witnessed Schumacher's decline and his desperate attempts to slow it: parking his car in the middle of the track during qualifying at Mon...

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