This week marks 20 years since Ayrton Senna took his final race win at the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide, 1993.
Ayrton Senna on the podium with Alain Prost in 1993 at Adelaide. Source: Adelaide Now
Two decades ago Ayrton Senna sprayed the champagne taking his 41st Formula 1 Grand Prix victory on the streets of Adelaide, which was sadly his last.
It was that tragic day, 1 May 1994, Senna’s last drive, his Rothmans Williams Renault speared off at the Tamburello corner at the San Marino circuit, a crash that Senna unfortunately could not walk away from.
The 34 year old Brazilian suffered severe head trauma, succumbing to his injuries.
Debate still centres the cause of the crash that took the three time world champions life.
Senna will always be remembered by his amazing Formula 1 racing accomplishments.
Senna held many Formula 1 records which have been beaten in recent times, one that will stand the test of time is Senna’s record of ‘Highest percentage of front row starts in a season’ 100% in 1989.
Although Senna shares this amazing record with Alain Prost and Damon Hill, the record is perfection, what Senna strived for.
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The Senna V Prost rivalry, will never be forgotten. Prost was seen by the public as Senna’s worst enemy, but is now known for working on The Ayrton Senna foundation, which was formed by Viviane Senna, sister to Ayrton.
Senna will always be remembered for his brave overtaking manoeuvres and aggression on the track, while attaining an impressive Formula 1 resume that made Formula 1 fans around the world fall in love with him.
Senna defending Nigel Mansell to win the Monaco Grand Prix. Source: Daily Mail
Senna was adored in Brazil and the nation went into mourning long after his passing.
Senna is one of the greatest, one can not begin to imagine how the records would look if tragedy did not unfold on that dark San Marino weekend when the Formula 1 world also lost Roland Ratzenberger, that one Sunday that Senna did not want to race.
Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood
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