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Red Bull designer still haunted by Senna's death

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Newey was speaking to the BBC  (©GettyImages)
Newey was speaking to the BBC (©GettyImages).

Adrian Newey - speaking on the BBC - said that the death of three-time World Champion Ayrton Senna "still haunts me to this day."

Ever since the legend's death, a debate has raged over whether a broken steering column or driver error was responsible for his death. Newey rightly says that "no-one will know" which of the two killed the Brazilian.

However, the Red Bull designer went on to say that "there is no doubt it [the steering column] was cracked. Equally, all the data, all the circuit cameras, the on-board camera from Michael Schumacher's car that was following, none of that appears to be consistent with a steering-column failure."

The man that many consider to be the greatest driver of all time was the last driver to die at the wheel of a Formula One car after his crash at the infamous Tamburello corner in the Italian Grand Prix at Imola in 1994.

Newey was designer at the time for Williams, Senna's last team.

"But the first thing that happened," said the Red Bull designer, "was oversteer, in much the same way as you will sometimes see on a super-speedway in the States - the car will lose the rear, the driver will correct, and then it will go straight and hit the outside wall, which doesn't appear to be consistent with a steering-column failure."

After Senna's death, Newey and Patrick Head - Williams technical director at the time - were both prosecuted in Italy but later acquitted.

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