Tommy Byrne’s talent in a racing car was likened to that of Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. To those who watched him closely, he was a champion in the making. Why, then, did his Formula 1 career last just five races in an uncompetitive car? Tommy tells Tom Clarkson the story of the impressive wins in junior categories – including one in Ayrton Senna’s car – which got him to F1 in 1982. He explains why his straight-talking personality and party lifestyle upset the F1 establishment and why he never got the opportunity to race for a front-running team. Tommy also remembers the McLaren test that could have changed his life and the shock, decades later, when he learned what was really going on behind-the-scenes that day at Silverstone. 0:00 – Tommy Byrne could have been an F1 legend. Why isn’t he?
3:33 – The moment Tommy decided to be a racing driver
11:50 – ‘Wrong car, wrong time’: Tommy gets to F1
15:54 – Struggles and arguments at backmarker team Theodore
22:55 – ‘I was quick enough that I beat all the European guys’
30:08 – Rivalry and pranks with Ayrton Senna
37:47 – Tommy’s McLaren test, and a shocking discovery
45:35 – Did Tommy work hard enough to stay in F1?
50:07 – How drinking and drugs affected Tommy’s F1 career
57:17 – Which 2021 IndyCar driver has the best F1 chance?
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