It was the year 1994.  The Grand Prix at Imola in San Marino had already claimed the life of Roland Ratzenberger on Saturday, the day before the race day.  There was already gloom in the paddock.  And when the cars went out to race, Ayrton Senna who had just joined Williams F1 that year was in the lead when his car crashed exactly where Ratzenberger’s did and with the same consequence.  This month sees the completion of 17 years after the death of the rookie and the legend.  Adrian Newey was then the chief designer at Williams and he says that Senna’s death almost sent him and Technical Director Patrick Head into retirement from F1.  Newey says that even today he is haunted by Senna’s death because the legend was driving a car designed by him when the fatal crash occurred.