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Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna, F1 driver

personalia

Brazilian
21 March 1960
1 May 1994 (34)
George Abecassis (21 March 1913)
Ken Wharton (21 March 1916)
Paco Godia (21 March 1921)

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statistics

41 (25.3%)
80 (49.4%)
65 (40.1%)
2 (18.2%)
1st
11
162
161
614 (3.8 points per race avg)
54 (33.3%)
1984 Brazilian Grand Prix
1994 San Marino Grand Prix

about Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna da Silva (Brazilian Portuguese: [a?i?tõ ?s?n? d? ?siwv?] ( listen); 21 March 1960 – 1 May 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver who won three Formula One world championships for McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He died in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix for Williams.

Senna began his motorsport career in karting, moved up to open-wheel racing in 1981, and won the 1983 British Formula Three Championship. He made his Formula One debut with Toleman-Hart in 1984, before moving to Lotus-Renault the following year and winning six Grands Prix over the next three seasons. In 1988, he joined Frenchman Alain Prost at McLaren-Honda. Between them, they won all but one of the 16 Grands Prix that year, and Senna claimed his first World Championship. Prost claimed the championship in 1989, and Senna his second and third championships in 1990 and 1991. In 1992, the Williams-Renault combination began to dominate Formula One. Senna nonetheless managed to finish the 1993 season as runner-up, winning five races and negotiating a move to Williams in 1994.

Senna has often been voted as the best and most influential Formula One driver of all time in various motorsport polls. He was recognised for his qualifying speed over one lap, and from 1989 until 2006 he held the record for most pole positions. He was also acclaimed for his wet weather performances, such as the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix, and the 1993 European Grand Prix. He holds a record six victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, and is the fifth-most successful driver of all time in terms of race wins. Senna courted controversy throughout his career, particularly during his turbulent rivalry with Prost. In the Japanese Grands Prix of 1989 and 1990, each of which decided the championship of that year, collisions between Senna and Prost determined the eventual winner.


source: Wikipedia

seasons

1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994,

finishing positions

grid positions

wins

# event F1 constructor
1 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix round 2 Team Lotus
2 1985 Belgian Grand Prix round 13 Team Lotus
3 1986 Spanish Grand Prix round 2 Team Lotus
4 1986 Detroit Grand Prix round 7 Team Lotus
5 1987 Monaco Grand Prix round 4 Team Lotus
6 1987 Detroit Grand Prix round 5 Team Lotus
7 1988 San Marino Grand Prix round 2 McLaren
8 1988 Canadian Grand Prix round 5 McLaren
9 1988 Detroit Grand Prix round 6 McLaren
10 1988 British Grand Prix round 8 McLaren
11 1988 German Grand Prix round 9 McLaren
12 1988 Hungarian Grand Prix round 10 McLaren
13 1988 Belgian Grand Prix round 11 McLaren
14 1988 Japanese Grand Prix round 15 McLaren
15 1989 San Marino Grand Prix round 2 McLaren
16 1989 Monaco Grand Prix round 3 McLaren
17 1989 Mexican Grand Prix round 4 McLaren
18 1989 German Grand Prix round 9 McLaren
19 1989 Belgian Grand Prix round 11 McLaren
20 1989 Spanish Grand Prix round 14 McLaren
21 1990 United States Grand Prix round 1 McLaren
22 1990 Monaco Grand Prix round 4 McLaren
23 1990 Canadian Grand Prix round 5 McLaren
24 1990 German Grand Prix round 9 McLaren
25 1990 Belgian Grand Prix round 11 McLaren
26 1990 Italian Grand Prix round 12 McLaren
27 1991 United States Grand Prix round 1 McLaren
28 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix round 2 McLaren
29 1991 San Marino Grand Prix round 3 McLaren
30 1991 Monaco Grand Prix round 4 McLaren
31 1991 Hungarian Grand Prix round 10 McLaren
32 1991 Belgian Grand Prix round 11 McLaren
33 1991 Australian Grand Prix round 16 McLaren
34 1992 Monaco Grand Prix round 6 McLaren
35 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix round 11 McLaren
36 1992 Italian Grand Prix round 13 McLaren
37 1993 Brazilian Grand Prix round 2 McLaren
38 1993 European Grand Prix round 3 McLaren
39 1993 Monaco Grand Prix round 6 McLaren
40 1993 Japanese Grand Prix round 15 McLaren
41 1993 Australian Grand Prix round 16 McLaren

pole positions

# event F1 constructor
1 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix round 2 Team Lotus
2 1985 San Marino Grand Prix round 3 Team Lotus
3 1985 Monaco Grand Prix round 4 Team Lotus
4 1985 Detroit Grand Prix round 6 Team Lotus
5 1985 Italian Grand Prix round 12 Team Lotus
6 1985 European Grand Prix round 14 Team Lotus
7 1985 Australian Grand Prix round 16 Team Lotus
8 1986 Brazilian Grand Prix round 1 Team Lotus
9 1986 Spanish Grand Prix round 2 Team Lotus
10 1986 San Marino Grand Prix round 3 Team Lotus
11 1986 Detroit Grand Prix round 7 Team Lotus
12 1986 French Grand Prix round 8 Team Lotus
13 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix round 11 Team Lotus
14 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix round 14 Team Lotus
15 1986 Mexican Grand Prix round 15 Team Lotus
16 1987 San Marino Grand Prix round 2 Team Lotus
17 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix round 1 McLaren
18 1988 San Marino Grand Prix round 2 McLaren
19 1988 Monaco Grand Prix round 3 McLaren
20 1988 Mexican Grand Prix round 4 McLaren
21 1988 Canadian Grand Prix round 5 McLaren
22 1988 Detroit Grand Prix round 6 McLaren
23 1988 German Grand Prix round 9 McLaren
24 1988 Hungarian Grand Prix round 10 McLaren
25 1988 Belgian Grand Prix round 11 McLaren
26 1988 Italian Grand Prix round 12 McLaren
27 1988 Spanish Grand Prix round 14 McLaren
28 1988 Japanese Grand Prix round 15 McLaren
29 1988 Australian Grand Prix round 16 McLaren
30 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix round 1 McLaren
31 1989 San Marino Grand Prix round 2 McLaren
32 1989 Monaco Grand Prix round 3 McLaren
33 1989 Mexican Grand Prix round 4 McLaren
34 1989 United States Grand Prix round 5 McLaren
35 1989 British Grand Prix round 8 McLaren
36 1989 German Grand Prix round 9 McLaren
37 1989 Belgian Grand Prix round 11 McLaren
38 1989 Italian Grand Prix round 12 McLaren
39 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix round 13 McLaren
40 1989 Spanish Grand Prix round 14 McLaren
41 1989 Japanese Grand Prix round 15 McLaren
42 1989 Australian Grand Prix round 16 McLaren
43 1990 Brazilian Grand Prix round 2 McLaren
44 1990 San Marino Grand Prix round 3 McLaren
45 1990 Monaco Grand Prix round 4 McLaren
46 1990 Canadian Grand Prix round 5 McLaren
47 1990 German Grand Prix round 9 McLaren
48 1990 Belgian Grand Prix round 11 McLaren
49 1990 Italian Grand Prix round 12 McLaren
50 1990 Spanish Grand Prix round 14 McLaren
51 1990 Japanese Grand Prix round 15 McLaren
52 1990 Australian Grand Prix round 16 McLaren
53 1991 United States Grand Prix round 1 McLaren
54 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix round 2 McLaren
55 1991 San Marino Grand Prix round 3 McLaren
56 1991 Monaco Grand Prix round 4 McLaren
57 1991 Hungarian Grand Prix round 10 McLaren
58 1991 Belgian Grand Prix round 11 McLaren
59 1991 Italian Grand Prix round 12 McLaren
60 1991 Australian Grand Prix round 16 McLaren
61 1992 Canadian Grand Prix round 7 McLaren
62 1993 Australian Grand Prix round 16 McLaren
63 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix round 1 Williams
64 1994 Pacific Grand Prix round 2 Williams
65 1994 San Marino Grand Prix round 3 Williams

teams & teammates

season teammate
1984 Johnny Cecotto
Pierluigi Martini
Stefan Johansson
Toleman compare 1984
1985 Elio de Angelis
Team Lotus compare 1985
1986 Johnny Dumfries
Team Lotus compare 1986
1987 Satoru Nakajima
Team Lotus compare 1987
1988 Alain Prost
McLaren compare 1988
1989 Alain Prost
McLaren compare 1989
1990 Gerhard Berger
McLaren compare 1990
1991 Gerhard Berger
McLaren compare 1991
1992 Gerhard Berger
McLaren compare 1992
1993 Michael Andretti
Mika Häkkinen
McLaren compare 1993
1994 Damon Hill
David Coulthard
Nigel Mansell
Williams compare 1994

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Senna is most famously remembered for his success with McLaren, having earned all three of his world titles for the Woking-based team.
Following the Brazilian’s death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, the Williams team that he was driving for at the time continued to carry his name and famous Senna-S on the nose of its car.
However, ahead of the 2022 season, Williams elected to remove the ...

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The repainted former McLaren show car has been transformed as part of an art project called ‘Senna Now’.
One side of the car is made up of three different iconic liveries from Senna’s F1 career – the black-and-gold of Lotus, the Rothmans Williams and Marlboro McLaren.
The other side of the car has been given over to a design by French street artist Jisbar, who has taken inspiration ...

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Hamilton narrowly missed out on a record-breaking eighth world championship in 2021 after a last-lap defeat to Red Bull rival Max Verstappen in their winner-takes-all Abu Dhabi showdown.
Hamilton, 37, is contracted to race for Mercedes until the end of 2023 as he bids to pull clear of Michael Schumacher’s tally of seven titles. He already holds the record for the most poles (103) and most ...

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Since 1995, the first season after Senna's death at Imola driving a Williams FW16, the team had been displayed the Senna S logo on the nose of its car to honour the late Brazilian.
It continued that tradition last season, but when the Grove team revealed the striking blue livery of its new-for 2022 FW44 car, it appeared the Senna logo had finally been removed.
When asked about the decision ...

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The tally of seven constructors’ and six drivers’ titles doesn’t reveal the innovation that Colin Chapman’s team brought to the sport.
Many great drivers raced Lotus machinery between its F1 arrival in 1958 and Team Lotus folding in 1994. That made producing this list tricky, but here’s our pick of the top 10 Lotus F1 drivers.
We’ve considered the amount of success the drivers ...

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Bruce McLaren's firm made its F1 world championship debut in 1966 and the New Zealander scored its maiden victory in the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix. Since then, 19 other drivers have taken wins for McLaren and seven have won drivers' titles.
For the selection of the top 10 McLaren F1 drivers, we have considered the amount of success the drivers scored with the team, the impact they had on McLaren ...

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Hamilton trails Red Bull rival Verstappen by 12 points heading into the final five races of the season as he chases a record-breaking eighth world championship.
Hamilton and Verstappen have crashed together twice this season – at Silverstone and at Monza – amid one of the most intense title battles F1 has seen in the past decade.
Comparisons have been drawn to the fierce battles between ...

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Last Sunday Ricciardo handed McLaren its first ever win since 2012, with Lando Norris' second place ensuring the Woking team's first 1-2 finish in 11 years.
Ricciardo became the 20th different driver to win an F1 grand prix for McLaren, joining an illustrious list featuring the likes of Senna, Lewis Hamilton, Mika Hakkinen, James Hunt, Niki Lauda and Emerson Fittipaldi.
That occasion was not ...

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The eight-part series called Lucky! will be produced by Pandey’s company Jiva Maya after completing extensive filming with Ecclestone at his home in Switzerland through lockdown.
Ecclestone, 90, started out as a racing driver before becoming a team owner and ultimately going on to be F1’s ringmaster for over four decades, overseeing its evolution into the global series and commercial giant ...

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The weather conditions were wretched as pole-winner Prost slithered through Sainte Devote for the first time. Ferrari’s Rene Arnoux and Derek Warwick tangled behind him, and Warwick’s Renault teammate Patrick Tambay was unable to avoid him – putting both of them out. Not a great start to the day for France…


Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/2, leads the start
Photo by: Sutton ...

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Monaco is known as being a nigh-on impossible place for anyone to overtake. While that characteristic has turned many of its grands prix over the years into dull affairs, in 1992 it made the race one of the most exciting in F1 history as Senna pulled off a brilliant victory.
Heading in to the weekend, Senna had known that his chances were pretty slim, with the Williams of championship leader ...

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The latest edition of the official F1 video game will be released by Codemasters - its first since being acquired by Electronic Arts - on 16 July, featuring an all-new story mode and three new tracks. 

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But for all his brilliance, not every F1 weekend turned out as he liked – and this day marks the anniversary of the only time that the Brazilian failed to qualify.
Senna had arrived at the 1984 San Marino Grand Prix fresh off the back of a tough outing at the Belgian GP, where he had finished in seventh place and out of the points for Toleman (although would be promoted one place later ...

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In an era when Formula 1 as a whole became more professional, Senna is often credited with changing the way drivers approach a race weekend, taking mental and physical preparation to a new level.
Senna’s fierce McLaren rivalry with Alain Prost was a big driving force in that change of attitude. Going up against a driver who proved to be his match, Senna understood it was necessary to pull out ...

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Julian Jakobi has been involved in managing drivers for over 30 years and has represented the interests of some of the biggest names. At one time he pulled off the incredible feat of looking after Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost at the same time, while more recently he achieved a coup by landing a Red Bull Racing drive for Sergio Perez.
A tough negotiator, he remains highly respected both by the ...

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Following a late electrical failure that took him out of the running for a podium finish in Rio de Janeiro’s opening round, Senna arrived at Estoril looking for his first points of the season. Senna and Lotus had certainly showed flashes of pace-setting form in Brazil, but here he was able to unleash some fearsome speed from his Renault-powered 97T right from Friday’s first qualifying ...

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“It was a race like old times – going hard, from the heart. I had to be smart over when to press the rhythm, and when to hold back. It was a fantastic race. I am happy for all of us. Not just for me, but for the team and staff. It was a dream. God knows, and when he wants something, then nothing can stop it.”
The quote above was given to Brazilian television, delivered in Senna’s native ...

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The 1992 season was a Williams walkover, and Brazil would play host to the third 1-2 thus far for the Renault-powered team. Nigel Mansell overcame a fast-starting Riccardo Patrese for victory, so the real race was for third, which Senna was determined to take…

Riccardo Patrese, Williams FW14B Renault leads at the start
Photo by: Sutton Images

His new McLaren-Honda, for the ...

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Of the bunch, Senna qualified highest – the future three-time world champion taking 17th on the grid, albeit over 5s off the pole time, but ahead of Toleman-Hart teammate Johnny Cecotto. 
Brundle, whom Senna had beaten to the 1983 British Formula 3 title, would line up two places behind in 19th in his normally aspirated ...

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Ayrton Senna is perplexed. He’s just won the 1990 United States Grand Prix but has been surprised by the fighting spirit of young Tyrrell racer Jean Alesi, who had the impudence to repass him after what was supposed to be the winning overtaking move in a vastly-superior car on better tyres.

Not only did it mean he had to pass Alesi again on the following lap, even then the upstart almost ...

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Just as Hamilton held out in his discussions with Toto Wolff, so Senna went into 1993 without having signed a new McLaren deal with Ron Dennis.
When he finally signed the initial contract covered less than a third of the season. Only later would he agree to do the remainder of the races.
Throughout that year his participation each weekend was subject to a contractual clause that would keep ...

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Mercedes wrapped up a record-breaking seventh consecutive F1 constructors’ championship at Imola earlier this month, while Lewis Hamilton is poised to match Michael Schumacher’s record of seven drivers’ titles as early as this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.
Since Wolff took the reins at Mercedes in 2013, the team has established itself as one of the most dominant forces in F1 history ...

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F1 is returning to Imola and the site of Senna's death at the 1994 San Marino GP for the first time since 2006, as the track was included on the reshuffled 2020 calendar that followed the series of cancellations and postponements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Writing on Twitter, Gasly said the helmet livery was a "tribute to Ayrton this weekend".
He added: "Remembering one of my idols ...

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The eight-part mini series will be produced by Brazilian filmmaker Gullane in partnership with the Senna family, which has granted "unprecedented access" for the project.
The series will look to show "the intimacy of the man who became a national hero and conquered the world", and is "an invitation to explore the personality and family relationships of the three-time Formula 1 champion".
It ...

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The Dutchman hasn't been beaten by a teammate in the Formula 1 standings since he was paired with Daniel Ricciardo in 2017, and even then Verstappen outqualified the Australian 13-7.
That qualifying balance blew out to 15-5 in Verstappen's favour the following season, while Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon were only able to outqualify Verstappen once each during the 2019 season.
In the six races ...

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