Who are they and for whom are they waiting?
Here’s a happy bunch. I took this shot at Zandvoort in 1982, shortly after F1 qualifying for the Dutch GP. Next on the race card that afternoon: the Formula Ford 2000 race. It was Domingos Piedade (far right) who co-erced us all into watching a young Brazilian called Ayrton Senna da Silva. Domingos was at that point best-known for being Emerson Fittipaldi’s manager but, behind the scenes, he was also co-starting a company called AMG (as in Mercedes). I’d seen Ayrton racing FF1600 in the UK so needed no persuasion. Domingos did a good job with some of the others, though. From left to right: Franco Lini (former FerrariF1 Team Manager and excellent Autosprint journalist); Charlie Chrichton-Stuart (former race-winning F3 driver and close friend of Frank Williams); Patrick Head (no intro needed); Nick Brittan (former kart and FVee racer, Autosport columnist, rally organizer and manager of Jody Scheckter); Alan Henry (Motoring News); and Nigel Roebuck (Autosport). I remember Ayrton being incredibly precise and definite through that corner (Hunze Rug), although his curious on-off throttle application was evident event then. Either way, there was no doubt that we were watching a major star of the future. The following year I took the shot below of Ayrton at F3 Thruxton, where he was driving Dick Bennetts’ Ralt. It’s not the greatest shot in the world, but it shows, I think, the intensity that Ayrton displayed whenever he was in a racing environment.