Autocar Ayrton Senna in F1: picture special

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  1. Autocar Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    This week marked 19 years since Ayrton Senna was killed. We look back at some of his F1 career highlightsThis week marked 19 years since the death of Ayrton Senna during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.
    It was a devastating weekend for Formula 1, with Roland Ratzenberger also being killed during an accident in qualifying.
    Senna was and remains revered for his uncompromising style, desire to win and stunning performances, especially in wet weather. He won a quarter of the races he started (41 from 161) and took 85 pole positions. In a ten-year career in Formula 1 between 1984 and 1994, Ayrton Senna won three world championships, in 1988, 1990 and 1991.
    Following a karting career in Brazil, Senna began single-seater racing in Britain, enjoying success in Formula Ford and Formula 3. A test with the Toleman F1 team in autumn 1983 resulted in Senna becoming one of the squad's drivers for 1984.
    After one season with Toleman and a further three with Lotus, Senna moved to McLaren in 1988; it was here his greatest career triumphs came. McLaren-Honda dominated the 1988 season, with Senna and team-mate Alain Prost winning 15 of the 16 races.
    Thereon in, mutual hostility would characterise the pair's relationship throughout their respective careers at McLaren, as each strove to beat the other. Prost controversially managed that in 1989, while Senna scooped the next two titles, the latter after the Frenchman had departed the team for Ferrari.
    Senna's final season in F1 was with Williams. His 1994 title campaign had started poorly with two non-finishes in the first two rounds at Brazil and Japan. Senna had qualified on pole for the San Marino Grand Prix and was leading from Michael Schumacher when his Williams FW16 veered off the track at Tamburello and hit a wall.
    Senna was honoured with a state funeral in Brazil and his foundation continues to support impoverished children in his homeland.

  2. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

    England Speedy Birmingham
    What a driver, what a team !

    I remember the day of his death, I wasn't actually watching, I was outside, working on my second gen Civic (had taken the twin carbs off for a good clean) when a friend came running out to tell me about Senna's death.
  3. AccordCU2 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    United Kingdom Brum
    I was in my teens when he died but I remember him well and always loved him.
    Man is a legend.
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    Belgium Aalst
    I saw his death live on television. Was already a huge F1 fan in these days and still am. Remember that day as if it was yesterday.
    Have the DVD 'Senna' at home. Recommended for the fans.
  5. Doc Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Matt Peterborough
    I clearly remembering watching the race live on tv as well. There was a lot of controversy going into that race weekend about the dangers of the circuit but changes had been made so it was supposedly safer. I remember watching Rolands accident during qualifying as well which had further highlighted the need to change the circuit. There were already lots of questions about the safety of Tamburello as it has already resulted in several serious accidents over the years. It's such a shame it had to take the death of the greatest driver before serious action was taken to improve safety.