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Ayrton Senna’s Final 24 Hours: What Was His Mindset That Day?

There are many hypotheses as to what caused Ayrton Senna's fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. About a year ago, I wrote an article on Bleacher Report that laid out both the supporting evidence and the flaws of the two most prominent theories. It is simply impossible to find a theory that everyone agrees with. Some blame the steering column and some blame the bottoming-out effect. Others have completely different ideas. While the physical cause of the crash is important, I believe it is also important to examine Senna's mindset in the final 24 hours of his life. The mindset of a driver is crucial to his performance and to his success. If a driver lacks confidence, then he can lose seconds per lap. If a dr...

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