Remembering Ayrton Senna

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onMay 1st, 2014


20 years ago, racing history was made. Not all history is good, for Ayrton Senna, one of the most revered names in Formula One, died doing what he does best. Leading on lap 7, Senna’s Williams left the track at Tamburello, ran straight into a wall, and perished in front of live viewers. Ask me where I was 20 years ago, and I simply have to point out the window at my office, where I could see my apartment where I lived across the street, and you would see me chain smoking on the balcony, flipping every TV channel hoping to see news that the racing hero I’ve followed since as far I can remember, has come out of the accident alive. Sadly, that wasn’t the case.

Senna was legendary in the world of Formula One even before his death. His natural talent, work ethic, and inhuman focus changed the way Formula One drivers approached the sport. His dedication to fitness, telemetry analysis, and ruthlessness on the track is common place today, but in his era of racing, it was an exception rather than the norm. It was this dedication that allowed him to rise above his peers, even when racing against greats such as Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet, a young Michael Schumacher, and his racing nemesis, Alain Prost. Even though it was 2 decades ago that Senna died, he is still remembered to this date as if he was still alive by several generations of F1 fans.

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