Arguably the most iconic racing driver of all time, Ayrton Senna had it all – superb car control, outstanding race craft, and a ruthless desire to win.
Senna got his first Formula 1 drive in 1984 with the struggling Toleman team, and regularly out-performed the car. Most notable was the rain-soaked Monaco Grand Prix, where he piloted the car into second place and was closing on race-leader, Alain Prost, before the race was stopped early.
Three years and six wins at Lotus proceeded Senna’s move to McLaren in 1988, and not only one of the most dominant spells for an F1 team, but also one of the greatest rivalries the sport has ever seen. Alongside Alain Prost, Senna won eight of 16 races in 1988, with the pair winning all but one race that season and the Brazilian clinching the title. In 1989, the Prost/Senna rivalry was at an all-time high, with Prost taking the title after a dramatic final race of the season, which saw the pair collide and Senna get disqualified.
‘SENNA’ shows the driver’s 1990 McLaren MP4/5B – a car entirely designed around him and in which he contested his most controversial season. Despite Prost now racing for Ferrari, the pair’s rivalry was still fierce, with the championship once again coming down to the final race at Suzuka. With Prost needing to win the race in order to take the championship, Senna simply drove into Prost at the start, retiring from the race but ultimately winning the title.
Senna won the title again in 1991, this time battling with Nigel Mansell’s Williams until the final race of the season, where Mansell spun. However, Williams grew stronger and, despite heroic drives in ’92 and ’93, Senna would not win another championship.
His move to Williams in 1994 ultimately ended in tragedy, with Senna losing his life at the San Marino Grand Prix in May.
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