Ayrton Senna da Silva is regarded as one the most legendary racing drivers in the world, he won the F1 World Drivers’ Championship in 1988, 1990 and 1991. However, tragically Senna died in an accident in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix driving for Williams Racing.
Senna’s famous quote is still admired to this date: “Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose. I have no idols. I admire work, dedication, and competence. Because in a split second, it’s gone.“
Netflix has announced that it will be producing a fictional mini- series based on the early life, career, and success of the celebrated race driver. While production has begun, the release of this series is expected to be in 2022.
?? Big news today: Netflix, in partnership with Gullane and Senna Brands, is adapting the story behind the national hero and world idol of Formula 1, Ayrton Senna, in an 8-chapters miniseries #sennananetflix pic.twitter.com/h19NWBiuhE
— Ayrton Senna (@ayrtonsenna) September 3, 2020
As of yet no actor has been cast to play Senna’s role. The series will be produced by Brazilian producer Gullane with the help of Senna’s family members to depict his early days in England to his great victories on the track. The series will definitely have a fictional blend but will not drift apart from its basic purpose, which is to show the life and struggle Senna went through to be one of the greatest in his field.
To portray the series as realistically as possible, there will be many international locations including the actual house in São Paulo where Senna grew up.
According to Netflix, “The project will give fans the chance to cross the finish line, not with Senna, but with Beco or Becão, the driver’s affectionate nicknames among friends and family, more than just remembering remarkable moments in his career, the miniseries is an invitation to explore the personality and family relationships of the three-time Formula 1 champion.”
Senna, Ayrton’s sister stated, “It is very special to be able to announce that we will tell the story that only a few people know about him, the Senna family is committed in making this project something totally unique and unprecedented. And no one better than Netflix, that has a global reach, to be our partner.”
Director of original international productions at Netflix in Brazil, Maria Angela de Jesus said, “Senna started his journey in São Paulo and conquered the world, we are honored to take his inspiring journey to all his fans, wherever they are, Ayrton Senna has a legacy that spans generations and boundaries and Netflix is proud to take this new look at the man behind the driver to subscribers in more than 190 countries.”