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Cars on the grid ahead of the start. Ayrton Senna, Williams FW16 Renault, and Michael Schumacher, Benetton B194 Ford, make up the front row.
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No Verstappen domination without Imola 1994? How Senna's death is still influencing current F1

OPINION: The 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s death after Roland Ratzenberger also died at Imola 1994 is a milestone moment for motorsport. So it’s worth again assessing how those awful events changed motorsport – for old and new fans alike – particularly as this really impacted what we’re seeing play out in sporting terms today

Formula 1 will soon be wrestling with the next stage of its constant business evolution. That’ll play out against the boring backdrop of predictable race results.

It’s such a familiar part of the championship’s history, but, really, the first such example on the commercial rights-holding watch of Liberty Media. It made its mark with the (delayed) switch to ground-effect cars from 2022 but given the scale of failure in anyone else matching Red Bull and Max Verstappen’s dominance, F1 is back to old ground, stumping around to improve its racing spectacle.

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