Search Engine: Senna ads and lost bags

We round up the web’s best motorsports stories from this week.
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The late, great Ayrton Senna © DPPI
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1) Out of thin Ayrton

Search Engine Ayrton Senna McLaren
Senna on track in the MP4/5 © DPPI

As Honda prepares to return to F1, the Japanese firm’s ad men have clearly been getting a bit misty-eyed about the company’s past. In a stunning evocation of the driving talent of the late Ayrton Senna, Honda has recreated the great Brazilian’s 1989 pole lap of Suzuka – behing the wheel of the McLaren-Honda MP4/5 – using only light and the sound of Senna’s engine. Eerily beautiful.

Watch the video on YouTube.


2) Where’s da justice for Da Costa?

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Da Costa about to write a sternly worded letter © Dutch Photo Agency/Red Bull Content Pool

Pity Antonio Felix Da Costa. Last year he had the world at his feet, after winning the famous Macau Grand Prix and stunning everyone with his performances in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship. This year though, the guy can’t seem to get a break, as this rather forlorn Tweet from the Portuguese star, sent after a trying weekend at the Red Bull Ring, shows…

See the poor Portuguese's Tweet – or is that mew? – here.

3) Loeb and Citroen on track for 2014

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If that's Sebastien Loeb, we'll eat our hats... © Citroen Racing

Citroen has finally revealed its WTCC challenger, which nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb will pilot in the championship in 2014. The C-Elysee will feature the same 1.6-litre turbo unit currently bolted into Loeb’s Citroen DS3 rally car, although fewer restrictions in the WTCC mean that the engine will put out 380bhp compared to the 300bhp of the rally machine. But after taming the 875 horsies of his Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car, which he used to smash the Pikes Peak hill climb record last month, we don’t think Monsieur Loeb will have too much to worry about.

Autosport has the story here


4) Yamaha debut underway for Despres

Search Engine Cyril Despres Yamaha Rally dos Sentoes
Cyril's Dakar training begins 6 months early © Jean-Francois Muguet/Red Bull Content Pool

Dakar legend Cyril Despres began his adventure with Yamaha in earnest yesterday as the Rally dos Sertoes got started in Brazil. Despres dramatically switched from over from KTM to Yamaha earlier this year, but hasn’t made a competitive start with his new Japanese steed until now. The Frenchman freely admits that is now geared towards his return to the Dakar Rally in January, an event that Despres has won an incredible five times.

Head to Cyril's own website to see how he's getting on.


5) Stoner turns back the clock

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Stoner – he's back baby! © Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool

Double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner set the rumour mill a-spinning by announcing that he was coming back to test for Honda in Japan next month. The Australian, who is currently racing a Holden Commodore in the second tier of the Australian V8 Supercars series, took his 2011 title with the Japanese team on the RC213V. Honda has denied that it was considering entering Stoner as a wildcard at any races in the 2013 season, however.

Check out Casey's comments to the official MotoGP website.

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