He was the last driver to arrive on the track, Friday afternoon, and, while he was flying, he called the person who was to assist him in this very special race: Mauro Pozzi, a mechanic linked to IAME. "He called me while he was on the plane to inform me that he was arriving and he said to me: 'If there is any problem, call me'. I still have Ayrton's number, written with a pen on a piece of paper ”, Mauro told us.
Nor was it the first meeting between Pozzi and Senna. “I met Ayrton in 1978, when he came to Borgo Ticino to rehearse with DAP, Achille and Angelo Parrilla”, revealed Mauro. And then Mauro had been a fan, supporter and even mechanic of Mike Wilson, one of Senna's great opponents at the time he was racing in karts. “When they told me that I would be the mechanic for Ayrton in this event in Bercy, obviously for me it was an honour and I only had one worry: I wondered whether he would recognize me or not, naturally allowing him every excuse. Many years had passed by now, he had already won three world championships in Formula 1 and I said to myself: 'Why on earth would he recognize you?' ". Instead, the first surprise of this unique experience, as well as his best memory of those days, arrived immediately for Mauro. It was also the first demonstration of humanity which, along with many other characteristics, distinguished the legend of Senna: "He stretched out his hand and said to me: 'But we already know each other'. I am a little introverted, a little shy, and I replied: 'Yes, Borgo Ticino' ". And here, starting from a small Piedmont kart track, which Pozzi had managed for a few years, Mauro and Ayrton began to talk, just like two old friends, or enemies, who meet again with pleasure after a long time: "As soon as he recognized me, I calmed down.
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