Netflix Releases Trailer for Biopic “Senna,” Starring Gabriel Leone

Gabriel Leone is shifting gears…

Netflix has released the trailer for its Senna biopic, which stars the 30-year-old Brazilian actor and musician.

Gabriel LeonePremiering later this year, the project stars Gabriel Leone as the eponymous driver.

The trailer recreates his historic victory at the 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos, following a challenging race where he was mostly stuck in sixth gear and also marking the first time he won in his hometown of Sao Paulo.

The teaser also displays possible thoughts and experiences, interspersed with images of the race that led Senna to where he had got to in his career before he tragically died in 1994.

The six-part series starts with the genesis of the three-time F1 champion’s motor racing career, when he moves to England to compete in Formula Ford, and runs until his tragic accident in Imola, Italy, during the San Marino Grand Prix.

Senna also stars Kaya Scodelario, whose mother is Brazillian, fresh off the back of her turn in Netflix’s The Gentlemen.

With Vicente Amorim as showrunner and co-director, alongside with Julia Rezende, Senna is produced by Fabiano Gullane and Caio Gullane with the support of Senna Brands and the driver’s family.

It also stars Alice Wegmann (Lilian Vasconcelos, Ayrton’s first wife), Camila Márdila (Vivianne Senna, his sister), Christian Malheiros (Maurinho, his friend), Gabriel Louchard (Galvão Bueno), Hugo Bonemer (Nelson Piquet), Julia Foti (Adriane Galisteu), Marco Ricca (“Maurão” Senna, his father), Nicolas Cruz (Leonardo Senna, his brother), Rodrigo Veloso (Flavio, brother-in-law) and Susana Ribeiro (Zaza Senna, his mother), plus an international cast including Matt Mella (Alain Prost), Arnaud Viard (Jean-Marie Balestre), Patrick Kennedy (Ron Dennis), Joe Hurst (Keith Sutton), Johannes Heinrichs (Niki Lauda), Keisuke Hoashi (Osamu Goto), Leon Ockenden (James Hunt), Richard Clothier (Peter Warr), Steven Mackintosh (Frank Williams) and Tom Mannion (Sid Watkins).

Head scriptwriter is Gustavo Bragança and writers are Álvaro Campos, Gustavo Bragança, Rafael Spínola, Thais Falcão and Álvaro Mamute. Amorim is directing with Júlia Rezende.

An Asif Kapadia doc about Senna won two BAFTAs in 2011.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Ends Max Verstappen’s Winning Streak with Singapore Grand Prix Victory

Carlos Sainz has put an end to Max Verstappen‘s record-breaking run of victories…

The 29-year-old Spanish racing driver, currently competing in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari, won a tense Singapore Grand Prix to end Verstappen’s record-breaking run and Red Bull‘s hopes of an unbeaten season.

Carlos SainzSainz drove a tactical masterclass in the final laps, keeping Lando NorrisMcLaren close enough that he had use of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) overtaking aid to keep charging Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton at bay.

In a dramatic finish, on the final lap Russell crashed out while chasing Norris to hand the final podium spot to Hamilton.

Sainz’s win was his second in F1 and Ferrari‘s first since his teammate Charles Leclerc won the Austrian Grand Prix on July 10 last year.

In the time since, Red Bull had lost only one race, when George Russell won the Brazilian Grand Prix in November.

Sainz’s victory ended Verstappen’s record run of 10 wins in a row as the huge pace advantage Red Bull had all year disappeared under the lights of Marina Bay.

Verstappen had to settle for fifth position, his first race off the podium this year.

What had been a quiet contest exploded into life in the final 10 laps.

Russell and Hamilton had been brought into contention when Mercedes used a Virtual Safety Car on Lap 45 of 62 to bring both drivers in for fresh tyres when the others did not.

The pace advantage saw them quickly catch the lead three cars, but after both got by Leclerc with relative ease, Russell was unable to get past Norris, who was always within one second of Sainz.

When told how close Norris was behind at one stage, Sainz told Ferrari: “Yeah, it’s on purpose.”

F1’s rules allowed him use of the DRS overtaking aid, and the speed boost it gave Norris on the straights was enough to keep the McLaren driver ahead, which he did with some good defending driving four laps from the end.

Having failed to get by Norris on a couple of occasions, Russell then clipped the inside wall and went straight on into the barrier on the final lap.

That promoted Hamilton to third and Leclerc to fourth in the other Ferrari.

Verstappen finished fifth, extending his huge championship lead over Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, who finished eighth.

Verstappen is now 151 points clear; a win Sunday would have given him the chance to wrap up the title in Japan next week. Instead, the earliest he can do it is October 8 at the Qatar Grand Prix. Red Bull has utterly dominated the season and will hope the race at Suzuka is business as usual.

Alpine’s Pierre Gasly was sixth, ahead of McLaren’s Oscar Piastri.

Liam Lawson continued his impressive start to life in F1, scoring the first points in his career in ninth.

Lawson is expected to drive again at the Japanese Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo still not ready to return to racing after breaking a hand in a crash ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix. 

Kevin Magnussen managed to snatch a point for Haas to reward the team for a strong weekend that had seen both cars start inside the top 10.

Maldonado Makes History By Clinching the Spanish Grand Prix

It’s one for the history books for Pastor Maldonado

The 27-year-old Formula One driver produced the race of his life to hold off Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix to became the first Venezuelan driver to win a Formula One race.

Pastor Maldonado

It was a flawless drive for Maldonado, who started from the pole and survived the challenge by Alonso to take the 66-lap race at the Catalunya Circuit by 3.1 seconds.

“It’s a wonderful day for me and the team. An unforgettable race,” said Maldonado, who was hoisted onto the shoulders of Alonso and Raikkonen before being doused in champagne. “It was a tough race, with the strategy and a couple of laps we were struggling. But the car was so competitive from the first lap.”

Pastor Maldonado

Maldonado’s victory, in just his 24th race, handed Williams its 114th triumph but first since the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix. The Venezuelan driver also became 2012’s fifth winner in five races.

But in a dramatic turn of events for Maldonado… The Venezuelan race car driver ended he day a hero when he carried his young cousin to safety after flames engulfed the team garage.

Pastor Maldonado

In all, 16 people were injured, one with severe burns, by the fire – believed to have been caused by an electrical fault in a fuel rig.

Maldonado had to carry his 12-year-old cousin Manuel, wearing a protective boot on a broken right foot, to safety as thick, black smoke billowed down the pit lane at the Catalunya circuit.

The Williams team said four of its members were injured.