“If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you’re no longer a racing driver”

On this day in F1 – 4th November 1990 – By TJ13 contributor The Grumpy Jackal

One of the most legendary interviews ever – At the final race meeting of the 1990 season in Australia, Jackie Stewart leads Ayrton Senna into one of the most famous and quoted lines in motor-sport history.

“If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver”

Of course this head to head followed just two weeks after the collision between Senna’s Mclaren and Prost’s Ferrari – arguably the most heinous piece of driving ever committed on track.

As determined in front of the camera as he was in every aspect of his career Senna argued his point forcibly with another motor-sport legend – Stewart. At times disrespectfully calling him ‘Stewart’ and others when he had regained his composure ‘Jackie’.

Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price. – Sun Tzu

The Samurai Jackal

8 responses to ““If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you’re no longer a racing driver”

  1. Thats why I’m glad with a driver like Verstappen. The last years with DRS it all became a little tame and predictfull. Verstappen is the one the brings some action to the track with skill- and darefull overtaking and on the edge and hard defence. Racing like racing is ment to be and wich has not be shown in F1 for years.

    I would love to see more of this from other drivers as well!

  2. It would be stupid for Rosberg or Hamilton to go for any gap. These guys have to use their calculator. A championship is a championship, and you don’t win a championship by going all or nothing every time. True, I like it when drivers go for it, but putting you name on the title is even more important. Every time drivers have to weigh their options. They should not be about creating good television: the sport has to create an environment where the drivers, teams and brands will make good television automically. Going for a gap: sure, that helps and makes interesting television.

  3. It’s also the biggest lie ever told in the history of racing. There was no gap. There was no racing. There was a deliberate crash. That’s not what racing is about.

    • And I love it!

      First of all because it was payback time… But also because I think Prost was a manupilative man who had friends in high places that helped a little to much to keep Senna of his back.

      • Yes, payback. A bit dangerous. Yes to Prost. Don’t get me wrong, I think Senna is the greatest ever, but it’s ironic people use that line any time they can to defend something they call racing when in fact it was a lie. It make the whole argument a moot point

  4. Calling Someone By His Surname Is Disrespectful ? – But Calling Him By His Nickname Is Composed ?

    WTF ?

    GO, 44 !

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