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Ayrton Senna’s final interview revealed

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Ayrton Senna’s final interview, conducted by former Williams commercial director Richard West, has finally been revealed nearly 20 years after his death, according to AUTOSPORT.

Conducted by Richard West, the former commercial director of Senna’s last team, Williams, it provides an interesting insight into the safety at the ill-fated 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, in which both Senna and new driver Roland Ratzenberger were killed.

In the interview – which can be read in the magazine F1 Racing – Senna talks of his concern over pit lane safety, saying that “it's a very tight pitlane with too many people in it, it will be very, very dangerous.”

The racing legend continued, saying that he had asked the FIA to look into the issue, “so we just talked today about it (pit lane safety) and we are thinking about asking the FIA officials to introduce a speed limit for the pitlane,” he said.

A number of concerns had been expressed about safety at the infamous Imola circuit, including by Senna himself – after a number of accidents, with Gerhard Berger’s crash in 1989 being the most high profile – at the very corner in which he was killed.

Though doubt still remains about the exact cause of the Brazilian’s crash, it is thought that a fault with the ace’s car could have been a contributory factor.

After Senna’s death, safety in the sport was improved significantly, and he remains the last driver to die at the wheel of a Formula 1 car.

Outlining the reasons for the interview appearing only now, West said, "It's a short interview, but incredibly poignant, and it was lost until now. To this day I still don't know who sent me the tape."

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the driver's death, the interview will no doubt prove to be very interesting for fans and pundits alike. 

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