The documentary SENNA, about the life and racing times of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna is coming to U.S. theaters on August 12. Unfortunately, it's very a limited initial release – just two theaters, one in L.A. and the other in New York City. The film will have a wider U.S. release in the following weeks, though will still only appear on a fraction of the screens that typical summer blockbusters do.

You can read our review of SENNA in anticipation of the film's release, and its makers have given us access to an exclusive clip to show you. In this clip, Ayrton and his arch rival Alain Prost are being interviewed. It's the early days of their driving together for McLaren, and the inherent conflict of having the sport's two best drivers compete on the same team is clearly evident, even in such a brief clip.

If the clip after the jump whets your appetite, you can check the movie's official Facebook page for theaters and showtimes to see if SENNA is coming to a town near you. If you're more the stay-at-home type, you can already pre-order the two-disc documentary set from the Official F1 Store.


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      ablogreadr
      • 3 Years Ago
      brilliant indeed. if you can't see it in a theater it's been available for download on various torrent sites for months. there are two versions; the theatrical 104m cut and an extended 162m director's cut. the short version is better edited and runs smoother, the longer version has more interviews.
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://www.prostfan.com/senna1.htm
      Phil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw this movie here in the UK already, and hope it will put the whole 'Senna hype' a bit into perspective in the US. If people keep an open mind and a critical eye while watching it, they'll realize that there was controversy involved in EVERY major success Senna had. He was a mad-man on the track, breaking rules, constantly causing crashes, risking other peoples' lives in the process. He was also utterly mediocre at setting up the car and communicating with engineers, which started to show after his switch to Williams.
        • 3 Years Ago
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          Phil
          • 3 Years Ago
          Well, the 'Senna hype' has been in full force ever since he died, and while the movie does a good job of showing his undoubted qualities as a driver as well as his social engagement, I hope it also serves to make people realise his less laudable traits. Not sure what you mean with regard to MSC - he IS a cheater, and an idiot for ruining his legacy with this embarrassing stint at Mercedes. A81? Meine Ausfahrt war immer Ludwigsburg-Nord :P
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      Carlos Vargas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can someone explain to me what is the big deal about Senna? He only won 3 championships v.s. others who have won more times then him but haven't received nearly the recognition he has. Serious question btw
        AUTOLEGEND86
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Vargas
        Watch Schumacher after winning Monza in 2000 to understand.
        mbasoah
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Vargas
        Idiot
        Mayoman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Vargas
        The cars were harder to drive, the competition was more fierce. Watch the Top Gear film on Senna and you'll get it a little more, or better yet, watch the documentary when it comes out.
        StreetsideStig
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Vargas
        Clarkson explains it best. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNmqn3heGgE
        Rich M.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Vargas
        he would've won more if he didn't die, heck he should've won 4 titles. the last race in 89 at suzuka he managed to win after crashing with prost. if it wasn't for balestre favoring a fellow french driver he would've won 4 titles in a row. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOOgfsc5wc4 number of race wins or driver titles doesn't make a driver great. schumacher while great won against mediocre drivers not top tier drivers. senna during his time had to deal with prost, mansell, piquet, lauda, who on any race could win. schumacher on the other hand after hakkinen left who did he race against? his brother, big mac montoya, coulthard, these are not top tier drivers. in fact he didn't get challenged until alonso drove for renault in 05 and 06 which he won the drivers titles back to back. we also saw schueys ugly side like pretending to lose control at monaco so alonso couldn't get pole. senna also demonstrated that you don't need to have the best car to win. he won multiple races in 92 and 93 with the MP4/7 and MP4/8 with an avg to below avg car, he also did it while driving for toleman and lotus which is the equivalent of HRT or Virgin racing getting a podium or race wins. but what made senna the drivers driver was his ability to drive a F1 car to its limits and maybe that's what caused his accident. he was also known for his ability to drive in the wet (rain master) and this was before traction control. schumacher was also given that nickname but he drove with traction control senna did not. schuey also didn't drive turbocharged motors without trac with over 800hp. i was lucky enough to see him race from 89-94 when i was 12yrs old cause my dad was a huge F1 fan and he would always point out senna but how could you miss him when he was always on pole but he was the only one with that bright yellow helmet. the movie though i wished talked a little more about senna driver because the documentary focused more about senna the man. its not a bad thing but people needed to see what made him so great behind the wheel. F1 is reaching another renaissance with lewis, alonso, vettel and you can add button, massa, webber just a tick below them. very rarely do you get that many top tier drivers in the same generation. those three along with the teams#2 drivers will push the sport into something we haven't seen since the late 80's. the last 5 seasons in F1 is the best i've seen in 20yrs and its getting better every year. when i thought 07 couldn't be topped, 08 topped it with the most dramtic finish in brazil between lewis and massa. 09 showed us that you don't have to mclaren or ferrari to win a title. 2010 and 2011 we are seeing 3 great teams that can win races and titles. watch it because before you know it, these kind of moments will be gone.
          Primoz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rich M.
          Very well written. But IMO it's not just the competition, with Senna having to race against Prost, Mansell, Piquet, etc., and Schumacher barelay having any competition. With or without competition Senna was an OUTSTANDING driver, which was showed, as you said, in the Tolemans and Lotuses and also in the later Mclarens, before moving to Williams. As far as the curent generation goes, i'd put Button up there with the best. He almost never had the car to properly win and only had it with Brawn and has it now with Mclaren and their newfound speed against Red Bull. Massa is in a different category, Webber is better than Massa, but i think will never be the winner. I'll be bold here, i might even put Button as a figurative #1 in Mcalren because of his calm head. I adore Lewis, i'm not a particular fan of anyone at the moment (i just follow the sport - i used to be the biggest MSC fan for example :D), but if i had to pick anyone, it'd be Lewis in a heartbeat. Just because i think he is one of the few that actually dare to race. And i hate the commissars for penalizing him, when he tries to pass to desperately and not succeeding. Okay, some of the passes were far from clean and did deserve a penalty, but surely not all of them. If they want to get rid of contact between the cars, make F1 a WRC like sport with timed stages...
      1STH
      • 3 Years Ago
      saw it in February in NYC. my review here: http://iedei.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/senna-a-film-review/
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      I_see_dead_pickles
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just saw the film. Pretty good if you're really not an F1 fan but wanted a crash course. Didnt really learn much about the man himself, the film to me was a highlight of his career, not so much his life. I believe Senna to be a walking contradiction. The film makers touched on the religious aspect but didnt really go into depth. It was just piecing clips of him in chronological order
      Stephen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really enjoyed this film and I'm a huuuge F1 fan. My girlfriend doesn't know s&!t about F1 and could care less about it, but loved the film too. Cried a bit at the end. Good watch for anyone who appreciates passion and sports.
      Devonblue4u
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw it about 4 months ago. Prost looked a little awkward speaking about Senna and Balestre's treatment of Senna .
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