Highligts of Ayrton Senna´s Roda Viva interview in 1986.
On December 15, 1986, Ayrton Senna, Lotus team driver, gave an interview to Roda Viva program (TV Cultura), which became famous for your answers on various issues raised by renowned journalists, as Galvão Bueno, Reginaldo Leme, Marcelo Rezende, Castilho de Andrade, among others.
1986 Season Summary
De Angelis was replaced at Lotus by Scotland’s Johnny Dumfries after Senna vetoed Derek Warwick from joining the team, saying that Lotus could not run competitive cars for two top drivers at the same time. Senna allegedly pushed for his former flat mate and fellow Brazilian Maurício Gugelmin to join the team as a pure number two driver, but the team’s major sponsor John Player & Sons (JPS) insisted on a British driver which led to the signing of Dumfries. Senna later admitted “It was bad, bad. Until then I had a good relationship with Derek.” Senna started the season well, coming second in Brazil behind the Williams-Honda of Nelson Piquet, and winning the Spanish Grand Prix by just 0.014s from Piquet’s team mate Nigel Mansell in one of the closest finishes in Formula One history to find himself leading the World Championship after two races. However, poor reliability, particularly in the second half of the season, saw him drift behind the Williams pairing of Mansell and Piquet, as well as defending and eventual champion, Alain Prost. Nonetheless, Senna was once more the top qualifier with eight poles, with a further six podium finishes included another win at the Detroit Grand Prix, thus finishing the season fourth in the driver’s standings again, with a total of 55 points.
After winning the Detroit Grand Prix – which took place one day after Brazil was eliminated from the 1986 FIFA World Cup – Senna asked a trackside supporter for the Brazilian flag and he drove one lap waving it. Thereafter, he repeated this ritual every time he won a race. Senna also had a brief foray into rallying where he tried out a Vauxhall Nova, a MG Metro 6R4, a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and a Ford Escort on a stretch of land closed to the public.