CarAdvice is giving 10 readers the chance to win a double pass to Senna, the documentary about the life and racing career of Ayrton Senna, which opens in Australia on August 11.
The documentary has received strong reviews around the world, and earned the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary category at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Read CarAdvice’s review of Senna from our exclusive preview screening earlier this year.
To enter the competition, tell us (in 50 words or less) your memories of Ayrton Senna – the racer, the man, the hero, the rebel, or whatever resonates most strongly with you.
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I was a big fan of his flamboyant and sometimes aggressive driving. His amazing control. Sadly, his death is my strongest memory of him. As a Gen-X, he was the first champion I’d witnessed dying, participating in his chosen sport. This was shocking and devastating to me as a kid.
I remmeber his first season in F1 when he was racing for the Toleman team,that race in monaco where he chopped through the field from around 13th i think, it was poring with rain, pretty much impossible driving conditions. It was absolutely awesome. From that race i new he was going to be a star.
Ayrton Senna. Not only a man who captured the hearts of motor racing fans the world over with his driving ability and skill, but a modest and generous character even at the height of his success. A true role model who will live in the hearts of many. RIP Senna.
I was only 6 when Senna passed so my memories of him are very limited. Most of my f1 memories are based around the drivers that followed. But as i’ve learnt, he’s reason we have many of the current crop of drivers. So for that I thank him.
A man who started at the grass roots of racing not jumping the queue,but it was his love for go-karts that taught him his driving skills that took him to the top.He was completive from an early age in everything he did he was a complete performer
His ability to drive any car quicker than anyone else, always on the limits – making it look easy. His contribution to the poor in Brazil.
Senna – Simply the Best!!
My memories of Senna are that of a man born to drive, a man determined to win at any cost, and also of a man who got himself into strife quite a few times.
I honestly believe that the world will never see a driver like Senna ever again
Senna, a driver and personality that myself, the sport and the world were lucky to have witnessed. His passing a terrible tradgedy that shows the high stakes our sports people risk to bring us such joy in times of triumph and such pain in times of sorrow.
Senna was good but it is so HARD to compare. Top 4 by F1 driver Button is: Clark,Senna, Schumacher, Prost than Stewart, Fangio, Moss, Alonso…etc and by Autosport Senna, Schumacher, Fangio, Prost, Clark.
You might consider that the Autosport poll was made of ex and current F1 drivers and team owners and other influential people within the sport of F1. I value their opinion far more than an average driver like Button. BTW, Fangio considered Senna the best F1 driver. I think that speaks volumes.
I personally rate Senna and Fangio equally, followed by the great Jimmy Clark, then Tazio Nuvolari, then Ascari, Prost, Schumacher, Lauda and Stewart.
I always loved how Senna had that likeable attitude which some current F1 drivers like Hamilton and Vettel seem to lack. He was the underdog and had so much determination. He let his driving do the talking instead of whinging like a girl.
One think I did not like when he deliberately crashed into Prost after start at the Japanes GP.
And Prost was any different @ Suzuka 1989? Let’s consider that Balestre deliberately favoured Prost in both 88 and 89 and 90 by placing pole on the dirty side of the track (very unusual). Before qualifying in 89, Senna asked Balestre what side Pole would be on. Balestre lied and said the clean side of the track of course. Senna blasts Prost away in quali, and Balestre then changes his mind and favours Prost. Perhaps if Balestre had not cheated, then Senna would have started on the the clean side of the track, and would have led from the start, and these “accidents” might never have happened.
As a little kid I was obsessed with Senna, collecting magazines, Scalextrix models of his cars, naming myself ‘Senna’ when I played F1 games. Strongest memory is being woken early one morning by my best friend who ran over to tell me that Senna had died. I was shattered!
What a Legend!
There will never be another Ayrton Senna. Long live the King.
For better or worse Senna revolutionized F1 and Motorsport in general. He brought a single minded will to win at all costs. This was no more apparent than on his amazing record of pole positions and his commitment at Monaco where a centimetre wrong could damage the car. I loved the time he decimated the field at the wet Donnington track. And my other favorite memory was the year Prost drove the technically superior Williams. Prost won the championship yet at the last race of the year Senna was standing on the winners podium looking down at a beaten Prost.
How can anyone forget Aryton Senna’s first win in the rain at Portugal? His qualifying performances were legendary in the ability he had to find the optimum grip level and produce the fastest lap when it mattered.
Passion, skill, focus and an unyielding desire to be the best. A humble and generous man away from the car, a deeply spiritual and emotional man who not only believed in his ability, showed it every time he was in the car. The greatest F1 driver of all time.
I remember watching Senna in the early 90’s around the Adelaide F1 circuit, and his last win in 1993. It was such a privilege to see the end of great careers of Senna and Prost, while Schumacher and Hill were rising stars.
I loved how the entire paddock would stop to watch when Ayrton rolled out of the pits for one final crack at pole. I loved watching his race craft in the wet – his drive at Donnington in the ‘93 European GP will forever remain with me as his greatest!
Honda NSX! One of the best cars ever made thanks to Senna!
Senna-I am surprised you asked me that question Stewart,as you are very experienced
Jackie Stewart-yes i am
Senna-When you no longer go for the Gap that exists
you are no longer a racing driver!
We are competing to Win.
Racing is in my Blood!
I wonder how many title’s Schumacher would have won if Senna had not passed. In my eyes Senna was and will always be the greatest of all time, Senna wasnt just driving the car, he was part of the car. I call him the car whisperer.
My love of F1 has waxed and waned over the years, but I strongly remember Senna as a symbol of hope for a down, out and depressed nation of Brazil under dictatorship. Unlike Senna, I’m not religious, but I think he was possessed by some spirit when driving in rain; no driver past or present can compare.
Ayrton be young forever,fastest forever, champion forever!!!
A man with a higher calling, who could’ve rested on his laurels being born into a rich family but instead pursued a destiny that inspired millions and who’s charity and sportsmanship distinguished him from the rest.
i remember when he died…couldnt believe it….it looked so tame..compared to the fiery explosive crashes i have seen men walk away from on teli……i had followed senna…and his clashes with prost especially….and he was a hero of mine…and it was such a shock…and utter disbelief…when i had realized that he’d gone….cant’ wait to see the movie…cheers….John ………..
I have followed F1 since 1976 but Ayrton was unique. Six years ago, a family breakdown brought me close to suicide. Somehow, the 1989 Adelaide press coference where Ayrton spoke of almost giving up then finding the strength to go on came to mind – I haven’t looked back since.
A hero, an inspiration, a humble man taken at his prime. The perfect reason why F1 should NOT change handling rules mid season.
..and punching other F1 drivers. (Japan F1)
By far the most legendary driver imaginable today. An inspiration to all with his courage and skills. None would compare to a man of his stature
Ayrton was and is the most inspirational driver of his time. He was the most exciting and bravest guy in F1, with a 50% pole position rate he was unequaled paticularly given the opposition! For me, my first time seeing him at Adelaide was stunning in the turbo cars.
i remember watching him in his doco before he died, racing was in his blood and he was so passionate. the man could look at a photo and describe what corner of what track and his positions in any given race. he as a sportsman and gentleman on and off the track even when it came to him and alesi when they clipped each other a hero forever
I was Born in Brazil, when I was young, Senna and F1 were my religion every second Sat Quali and Sunday Race me and my Father would be glued to the telly. There was something mystical about this man that we couldnt understand. As Brazilian we thought of him as Indestructible bordering on immortal…Across the world we watched his flying qualifying laps to which were ever so inspiring, watching him push the Black and Gold and subsequently Yellow Lotus Renault and Honda around the track. His battles for championships against the likes of Nelson Pique, Nigel Mansel and of course Alan Prost to which held a high status in the sport when Senna had started. While we all knew him as the racer In Brazil, he always made us all proud as he carried on his victory lap a Brazilian flag, as a dedication to the country doing it tough at home… If there is a way to describe this woderfull man is by accepting that F1 may be a religion to some of the car maniacs around the world and that Senna was its messier and showed us exactly what racing should be without the politics.
I’ve loved wacthing the way he drove and wigggled the car to the left and right to approach the corners. A unique way of driving. Used to watch him with my dad on TV when I was little. AFTER he died, Schumacher started to win most races. I STOPPED WATCHING F1 for 7 YEARS ! (and been hating Schu + Ferrari since then). I started to watch F1 again in 2006, when I knew Schu was going to retire. Schu wouldn’t have won those championship if Senna had been around !!!!!!!!!! SENNA in his McLaren is No. 1 !!!
that remains to be seen sorry but you have missed many great races
The resounding image that comes up every time Senna’s name is mentioned is from when he saved Erik Comas’ life in the Belgium Grand Prix of 1992. For me, I have never seen an act of sportsmanship and care for another human being as incredible as in that moment. By stopping his car and running on the track to save his life, Aryton most definitely saved the french driver from death. In a sport where winning means everything, a man like Aryton Senna is a true inspiration and always reminds me that he was so much more than another racing driver, he was a true hero who is dearly missed all around the world.
he was always on the limit. always putting it on the line. protecting his territory no matter what the cost. he was a pure racer of a caliber we have yet to see again. and for that, i thank him.
Ayrton taught me determination, focus, and self belief… to achieve all my goals. His ability to channel and focus his skills when it mattered is the envy of all athletes. His qualifying laps, his increased intensity when back-markers may slow down his opponents – are all heart pounding inspirations.
Ayrton Senna will always be to me a caring champion, his concern over the incidence at San Marino. He cared for his fellow drivers, his unique skill, determination and courage not only made him a champion, but King of the Monaco GP. I will never forget you, RIP Mr Senna.
As a motorsport purist, I admired Senna as the driver’s driver. Whatever his humanity, dedication and commitment, it was his innate skill, a god given talent, that defines the greatest. Ride one lap with Senna, in any F1 car on any circuit, and you can’t help but be aw struck.
Senna was a mans racer he only knew one thing and that was win . When he teamed with Prost no team orders and thats the best racing one can watch . Wish he was around now give them a run for there money .
Ayrton Senna.. man.. what a driver! So many memories of his incredible talent and focussed aggression. He always new what he was doing, even when he was taking Prost off in japan..! lol.. There are so many memories but a couple stand out..1. Donignton 1993, showed his class and dominance in the wet again…some amazing overtakes on the first lap. In 93 he was driving a v8 Mclaren where most other drivers were in V10’s, so his skill really came to the fore that yr..! . .2. His battle with Mansell around monaco and holding him off to take victory…awesome..!
For me, Senna converted me from an occasional watcher of F1 to a true lover of the sport and I have missed watching few races since. F1 cars push the boundaries of technology and Senna pushed the very limits of driving skills to become the best and even better.
I grew up watching Senna from his early Lotus days right through to his tumultuous battles with Prost, Mansell and Lauda and then witnessed his horrible, preventable demise on that dark day in Imola in 94. One of the true greats of F1! I have been waiting years for a Senna film and hear it is!
“Small in stature but a giant, sadly missed but never forgotten, lives on in our hearts and mind”
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Senna was the best there is, was or ever will be.
He could take the car to the limit and make it look like the easiest thing anyone could do. My fondest yet saddest memory of senna was the day he died in San Marino. He was pushing very hard and looked set to take another outstanding victory but then disaster hit.
This is so meaningful because unfortunately his legacy was cemented in that moment and his death is an inspiration to the sport and everyone who has ever put on their helmet and raced for the love of it.
RIP Ayrton Senna. My hero!
My memories of Senna are a bit hazy, but I do remember that he drove as if he thought he had a right to win regardless of what position he was in. He never gave up, right to the end and this is what has inspired me to always give my best efforts at what ever i do in life…
Senna was everything that most of today’s sports stars (and F1 drivers) are not. Charisma, talent, outward passion and personality. He was the master of the qualifying lap and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. This movie will hopefully educate a new generation as to how special he was.
Senna was without doubt a great driver, his rivalry with Alain Prost is legendary, it is a great pity though that what could have been the greatest rivalry of all, that with Michael Schumacher, never materialised. Senna raced hard and ultimately died doing what he loved and was best at.
There would not have been any rivalry – Senna would have dominated. Of that I am totally confident.
Thanks for participating so far, your comments and memories have been great to read.
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No need to be so bitter Gary. It’s just a bunch of movie tickets we’re talking about here.
As nice as it is that CA are giving away some tickets, they do have a business to run you know. Cut them some slack.
Senna was undoubtedly a brilliant driver but it seemed that his faith in God led to him taking unacceptable risks that endangered him and his fellow drivers. Prost was always critical of him for this reason. I remember watching him in Adelaide the year it poured with rain. He just continued driving flat out until he ran up the back of another car because he couldn’t see where he was going. Eventually his luck ran out.
Ai seus gringos, ele foi e sempre sera BRASILEIRO!!!!!
meu Hero de domingo!!!!!
OLhe Olhe OLhe Olhe Senna Sennna!!!!!
Esta cara foi foda mesmo
Se vc é tão orgulhoso de ser BRASILEIRO,,, o q vc esta fazendo aki cara!!! Vá embora para o pais dos cabecinhas orgulhosos…como as maioria 99% dos brasileiros que vivem na Australia. O Brasil tá tão BÃO! Economia tá forte, a 7a do mundo, e politico ficando milionario, e povo mais pobre se fudendo a cada dia q passa… Beleza, orgulho de ser Brasileiro. é isso que dá…
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His speed, His aggression, His will to win, His ability to get the most out of the car, His amazing pole record, His humbleness and unfortunately his untimely death. Its ironic his death pushed F1 to build cars that he probably would have survived his crash in. Legend.
Senna was all that F1 stands for drivers who drive to the edge of their limits, fierce competitors not giving an inch but where sportsmanship rises to the top at the completion of each and every race. Thank you for igniting my F1 awareness Mr. Senna.
I was living in Osaka, Japan, when I woke up to a Monday morning just to watch breaking news, about the death of Ayrton Senna, that took place overnight, Japan time. At that moment I understood how loved Ayrton Senna was for the Japanese, not only fans of the sport, but the entire country, where for many, he was considered a true hero and ambassador. Having driven a car powered by a Honda engine for so many years. It was all over the news and evening shows were cancelled to give room for special tributes to his beautiful career. It was Senna tributes for over a week.
He wasn’t only Brazilian as unfortunately, a certain proud individual in this blog happened to mention, not very nicely in Portuguese, which is an act of disrespect and not appropriate for the occasion…, but a citizen of this world who has proven to many people that politics and money does not speak louder than actions of humbleness and generosity.
His act of kindness will always be remembered, when he stopped his car in the middle of the track during a qualifying section to rescue Elio De Angelis out of his burning car wreckage. Or what happened to Michael Schumacher, when he cried after being told during a press conference that he had equaled Ayrton Senna’s number of victories?
He was pure heart! And will always be missed.
thats a comment that sadly can never be proved as they both have the same race mentality would love to have seen the duals that couldve been as i dont think the flyin finn mika hakkinnen couldve come close to the 2 legends ayrton and schumacher
its a shame people around the world dont realise the the respect the japanese have for a champion
Ayrton was before my time on this earth. despite this Ayrton inspired pride and hope in the hearts of his people through racing and good works. To us Ayrton will be remembered as a world champion racing driver, but in Brazil he is remembered as a saint.
Ayrton was before my time on this earth. despite this, I know Ayrton inspired pride and hope in the hearts of his people through racing and good works. To us Ayrton will be remembered as a world champion racing driver, but in Brazil he is remembered as a saint.
arrogant rude but could talk the walk and walk the talk
my memories of Senna are still being created. seeing him drive now still tingles my spine like it did 10 years ago and 10 years before that and will for a some time to come. Unsurpassed talent that i am looking forward to seeing on the big screen.
I was in fact named after him. Ayrton Bushell. Nuff said. Also had a pet lamb named after him, My first toy was his model F1.
I meant my lamb was named senna.
My memories of Aryton were firstly how he could qualify so well in a inferior car early in his career then absolutely blitzing them in qualifying and races, as his career progressed. Due to his passing, I lost complete interest in F1 for many years.
Met Ayrton in 1985 through to 1992 while doing motorsport photography for Kodak. A brilliant man. Brilliant driver. An absolute gentleman & true sportsman. In his MacLaren Honda Senna mastered the art of real open wheeler racing against Professor Prost!
Sad he’s gone but he’ll be never forgotten.
Senna was probably the greatest driver of the modern era,if not all time.he could make any car not poor its performance was and make it look good
senna was, and still is, a legend
As a die hard fan of Ayrton Senna, nothing could have stopped me from waiting at Adelaide airport after the Grand Prix in the early 1990’s, when he took out Mansell -I couldn’t believe my good fortune when I was able to meet the great man himself! Ayrton was the most humble person I have ever met, and I mourned with the world when he passed away. I have been looking forward to seeing this film since I heard it was in production, and I am stoked that it’s release coincides with my wedding anniversary – babysitter is organised – now I only have to talk the Missus into celebrating by watching this film!
Ayrton Senna is still an admiration to the way I think towards all race-car pilots, the skill, the feel and the perspective on how to be on the track …and off the track is a very very steep curve and challenge to master. Personally Ayrton will never have an equivalent in my eyes,(Although Webber is so close)… in saying that every racer has my equal respect, the mindset may be different .. but the heart to go racing and to bring it to that level is a talent. What a great achiever, he made me wake up at all hours just to see him race. Great loss, but with all true legends the spirit of Ayrton lives on. I prayed on that night when he had the accident, watching it live in Australia, the memories are still there. Looking forward to seeing his tribute.
A Man and machine, as one, are bound
Soars so high without leaving the ground
An eternal bond, the skill from Brasil
From Interlagos to Estoril
Sub one twenty in Adelaide
Black and gold, a decision made
Through dedication, humility and mystic.
Ayrton gives others what they seek
There was Brazilian named Senna,
A great driver whatever the weather,
He died in his prime,
But he had a great time,
And he changed Formula One forever.
Senna was more than a racing driver for us Brazilians, he was our hero and out truthful compatriot. A man who respected his family, his nation, loved his fans and had a real need for speed. No other driver has ever existed and I truly doubt it ever will. He Ayrton quoted “Second place, is the first place for the losers” and with that mentality we all remember him as the greatest champion!
Despite often -not- being in the fastest car, he’d win the most improbable races, and never seemed to be slowed. Monte Carlo, Donnington and eventually Sao Paulo; all his. Humble, and with a social conscience; a hero.
I am a Brazilian living in Australia, this man made the motorsport become a fascination in Brazil, 01/05/94 was the saddest day of my life, I want this movie so bad! I am his nº1 fan, Senna loved even for his rivals
I remember seeing Ayrton in Adelaide at GP time visiting the Zoo and seeing how gentle and humble this F1 genius was outside of the car.
simply the best what more i can i say …rip Ayrton
Ayrton was truly somthing very special in life so much so that when he died that day at Imola it was almost the only way anyone stood a chance of beating him although he struggled with his car for all three races his inner struggle was far more visible in his face. Senna a man of strentgh and confidence was somewhat unsure and almost unwilling to step into his car that afternoon at Imola but a burning desire that his destiny must be fulfilled , in black & white terms Senna needed to be number one but wasnt his time had passed , he was the captain of an empty ship …. My greatest memory oF Ayrton will always be his Last Win in Adelaide , with a car that shouldnt have won he did, but Somtimes in life we know when things Just arent right And Senna not being at Mclaren for the 94 season was one of them. I could keep going but ill leave you with this quote from the great man…. “Racing, competing, it’s in my blood. It’s part of me, it’s part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else.” we still miss you. Jp
I grew up watching Senna in the mid to late 80s as he battled Alain Prost in one of the most fiercest rivalries witnessed in any sport. What I admired so much about Senna was his ruthless speed and desire for winning. Coming 2nd or 3rd was never in his mindset, he drove to win. Watching his McLaren struggle in the ’92 and ’93 season against the power of the Williams was hard to watch, but it also allowed his fans to witness his true greatness as he pulled off some of his most memorable wins in the McLaren MP4/8 at Monaco and Donnington against Prosts’ far superior Williams. He even offered to drive for Williams in ’93 for free to capture that 4th championship. I was so excited for the ’94 season as his wish came true, he finally got a seat in the Williams. But we all know how tragic that season really was. I watched that race live and never forget the loss and impact that resonated around the world with his death. RIP
I grew up watching Senna as he battled with Prost in one of the fiercest rivalries witnessed in any sport. What I admired so much about Senna was his ruthless speed and desire for winning. I was so excited for the ’94 season, I watched the Imola race live and never forget the loss and impact that resonated around the world with his death.
I remember Ayrtons 1st year driving for Toleman. He didnt seem to have any fear and only wanted to win. His 2nd year was with Lotus and man he impressed me so much that I have been a Senna fan ever since.That was the Ayrton Senna who went on to win 3 championships. No fear and a need to be the best. And he was the best. Still remember sitting in Adelaide watching The San Marino GP in ’94. I knew then even though it wasn’t announced till the next day that we had lost the best. I cried for a long time that night, knowing he was gone. RIP Ayrton.
Please, for the love of god, give a ticket to Bangel. He needs to get out a bit more from behind his keyboard.
I was not a fan of Ayrton’s and therefore I was unprepared for the emotional wrench I felt when watching that fateful race. Guess his talent and passion made an impact.
I lived near the Williams factory when Senna was killed, the entrance was inundated with floral tributes and it was a very touching sight. A couple of years later the company I worked for moved into the old Williams buildings and I often thought of Senna and how he’d visited the building I worked in. He was an amazing talent.
You could just hear it in Murray Walker’s voice that night, that something momentous had happened. Not in the usual way Murray would shout the name “Senna!” An unusually sombre and at times speechless commentator seemed to know what we didn’t… that perhaps the greatest driver in history was dead. Now his memory is pure inspiration for all who march to a different beat. Thank you Ayrton!
Well where shell i start? Amazing, Breathtaking.We could go on all day.He was all round tactionshon defending a line, when he was on a charge he was unstopabel the best feets of skill wet or dry you are ever likley to see on a race track. RIP MASTER.
My clearest memory is standing trackside at the Adelaide F1 watching Senna negotiate a stream of water crossing the corner and getting it right every time when the entire rest of the field couldn’t. Absolute brilliance and mastery. Very sadly missed but a joy to remember.
what a true champion to the sport one of the world most agressive drivers the question
we ask ourselves today is where would this sport be today without this legend of motorsport
did he sacrafice this life to make the sport safer?
his skill and his passing moves were a joy to watch i hope there is younger people out there in f1 watching replays of this great man
My memory of Senna was the morning after the accident. I had missed the race and hearing of the accident caused my heart to skip … shattered. Schumacher wouldn’t have won so many championships if Senna was there. He was, and always will be, the highest calibre driver.
Ayrton Senna da Silva…
I’ve actually never been a “fan” of his,I always went for Prost and Mansell,purely because of some things Senna has done to prevent others from beating him.That doesn’t mean his incredible skill went past unnoticed tho,better yet I have great respect for his incredible skills.A true master in the wet,ruthless,dominant and very very determined to win.Seeing all this come to a sudden end on live TV has left a great void simular to when Villeneuve went,my earliest memory of F1.
My greatest memories of Ayrton were of him at Monaco, the toughest of street circuits, where his sublime skills always shone through. The there was Donington 1993, where in the wet Aryton produced the greatest ever lap in F1. It was exhilarating, a real pleasure to watch.
An Enigma,a spirit that could not be contained in the human condition. He was human, but was of a conscious realm that most did not understand. Being human gave him the duality of good and bad, therefore his experience was totally visible to all. As a driver he reached his limit, as a spirit his limit may never be reached.
I saw Ayrton race a couple of times in Adelaide, but when I saw that fateful accident on television my girlfriend (who wasn’t really into F1 at the time), who is now my wife, came to appreciate what a massive effect the passing of someone of his stature could have on me (and millions of others).
My girlfriend came to Adelaide with me that year, to see someone else in a Williams. It wasn’t the same.
His commitment and passion was something far greater than anybody in his generation. Consantly striving to achieve the maximum was his way. As iilustrated in the qualifying in Monaco ’88 he really did go above and beyond and that is an undying memory of Senna.
Ayrton Senna first came to my notice in the early eighties, while racing in F3 , I was impressed by his “take no prisoners” driving style, in 84 he made it to F1 and immediately impressed in the old dog Toleman, culminating in an incredible wet race at Monaco that year, of course there was many highlights like the pole in Adelaide in the Lotus, the championship drives in the McLaren and the wet race at Donnington in 83. An incredible driving talent, the world may never see this again, although we have seen glimpses in Montoya and now in Hamilton.
I have been a fan of Ayrton Senna da Silva since the first days of the bright yellow helmet hitting the scenes in Formula one racing. Ayrton is the epitome of racing, his mastery of treacherous wet weather conditions, with nerves of steel under brakes, incited fear amongst feared rivals.
Ayrton was before my time, but what I think of when I hear “Senna” is that standout yellow helmet, putting his car into gaps that are not there and being a true racer and a true racing champion. The greatest ever who was unfortunately taken from us too soon.
Not one of the other F1 drivers came close to him in the dry.. But when it rained no-one on the planet would ever catch him.. No matter how slippery, how wet or greasy the track he would attack and dominate.. He is my Hero, a legend and is sorely missed..
theres only few memories of ayrton i can remember as his era is only 1 or 2 yrs behind mine but the most repeating thought in my mind is adelaide on the srtraight of his last race there but most of all i wpould love to have seen an ayrton schumacher dual over the season micheal entered the championship and as i believe micheal had put plenty of pressure on senna in his debut races its a shame we could never see the battles the 2 of them could have had considering the 2 personalities wouldve clashed im sure its an era that couldve been the best of all time either way without senna its a career cut way to short r.i.p and hope his resting thoughts are what he would like to see in F1
So far the best of the best F1 drivers ever… is famous words where …racing is in my blood, his memories are in my heart forever. til we meet again H,SENNA +RIP
the best of the best F1 drivers ever… is famous words where …racing is in my blood, his memories are in my heart forever. til we meet again AYRTON,SENNA +RIP
The East End Markets stand, Adelaide, 1992. Second practice session. Lap after lap, he hit the apex of the corner in front of us and I began concentrating on his right front wheel. Its position was never more than 75mm different from any other lap. Senna was simply mesmerising
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30 years or more of watching and being involved in Motorsport there has only been a small handful of drivers that have truly inspired me with motorsport and with living life to to the fullest. Brock, Mansell, Andretti, Schumacha, Zanardi and of course Senna, Senna was one of those who you loved to hate and had that special charismatic energy about him that was also seen as having super human abilities.
Aryton always strived to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. But his limit was always a little bit further than other’s. Till this day his words resonate,” Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.” Those have always been something I choose to live by !
My best memory of Senna was meeting him. It was the end of the 1991 season and 3 days after the Australian Grand Prix and in downtown Adelaide. I literally ran into him on a busy footpath on King William Street, just another face in the crowd. I apologised, he smiled, I couldn’t help but admit my recognition of him against my good judgement. We spoke for about 10 minutes, life, weather, people…..Then, we both politely bid farewell and went on our ways.
But retrospect is wonderful, isn’t it? Senna was, amongst all things, very human.
The man was remarkable with the way he drove and the way he delt with his team.
I knew he was going to be one of the greatest drivers.
He will always be remembered as the king of F1.
LONG LIVE THE KING!
You Should Win!
He captivated our sense of adventure and passion and romance in the sport of Formula One and did so whilst effortlessly leaving rivals in his wake. His pole position record, especially in his early F1 years leaves me in no doubt that he was the fastest ever, and essentially that is what all racing drivers yearn to be.
All F1 drivers are great drivers in their own way, some a little more than others but Senna was not of their mould. He was something far more nearer perfection.
And all this whilst being a humble, kind and generous man. All that I know is that God must have thought he was too good to be a mere mortal and took him away.
RIP Senna 1960-1994 you truely where one of the Best
Senna is my idol, he inspires me with my racing with his words and to achieve the best I can
Ayrton Senna was simply untouchable. His talent will probably remain unparallelled for the rest of time. The mark he left in Formula 1 will be immortalised.
Ayrton Senna was the greatest driver in history. Standing behind the barriers in Adelaide watching qualifying was an experience I will never forget. Senna attacking the corners, his right foot dancing on the throttle and the explosive staccato sound of the McLaren on the ragged edge just awesome.
Ayrton Senna was a fearless driver and a rare talent. Always pushing the boundaries and making F1 racing a great spectacle.His legacy,65 poles,including three world championships and that memorable victory at 1993 Donnington Park against a quality field.His superiority was evident when driving on wet tracks.
Senna had a dream and his dream had no limit.He acquired ruthless but impressive driving skills throughout his career and his talent had no equal. He was god to his people and a devil on the track. He was a son, a friend but for us he was a hero.
Sometimes I say to myself, Senna isn’t lost. Life is a race and he was eager to reach the finish line and wait for us as we go at our own pace.
Ayrton Senna,Forever Number One…
i first saw senna in 81 in england doing the lower forumulas he was so different them in 83 in f3 against martin brundle and co he moved up another level the fighting on the track was so good sometimes unclean but very good to watch then f1 in the toleman he made people sit up and watch then with lotus i was at silverstone when he led the race ran away with it then AGAIN it broke down saw him in aderlaide twice i saw jim clark who i thought was better and stirling moss bellof rindt stewart but senna was very good the funny thing is the night he died i fell asleep missed the race did not know to next day pleasure to have seen him
he was one of the biggest reason for watching formula1, his motto was to shoot for the gap where no one would dare, he loved bad weather and took advantage, he was the master and much loved, a great humantitarian.
Has any post-Senna race weekend demanded you tune in to watch? Not for me, and most would agree. Today, we have spokesmen and failsafe machines. Are you guaranteed something special in a modern GP? Rarely, if ever. Senna was the best driver, amongst deeper competition, in the low aero, unpredictable turbo, and nil driver assist era. Senna #1 forever.
Senna made Schumacher seem second-class. Today’s safety standards could have seen him walk away from a similar accident.
Ayrton is the yardstick by which every F1 driver is measured. There is simply no equal.
i wish i was a girl so i could sleep with Senna