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25 years after his death, Ayrton Senna remains an Idol

formula 1 was shocked, Brazil sank in sorrow: At the 1. In may 1994, the three-time world champion Ayrton Senna died in Imola. Until today, the cause is unclear - and Senna in Brazil popular.

for This accident, to dig deep in the memory of Brazilians. "Senna had an accident at the Tamburello curve! Senna had a very serious accident!", the sports commentator at the time, on television.

25 years Ago Ayrton Senna died on the circuit of Imola. There are images that can not forget the Brazilians until today. "Of course I remember. There's a long Straight and at the end of this curve. He has lost control, and the curve is not driven. Instead, he went straight down and banged against the wall. So it was, right?"

Ayrton Senna lost control of his car and hit a concrete wall.

A whole country in mourning

Senna is dead. For the then 34-year-old racing driver, any help comes too late. "Even though I was still small, I know that all of Brazil was shocked. He was an Idol and he had worn in Brazil names in the world. He was a great guy, so everyone was shocked," says a compatriot Senna's.

says another Brazilian: "it was a total shock. The country was in mourning. This went far beyond the official state mourning. He was not only a great driver but also a great citizen. Often the sports stars are off the pitch not so great, but he was different. He was a good man and has always looked for the Good."

Ayrton Senna was buried in his homeland. Fans pray at his grave in Sao Paulo (archive image from 01.05.2004).


today clarified the cause of the accident in Imola, is not clarified. The handlebars might be broken, or the tires were after a Safety Car period are to cold, two often-heard theories. 41 Times Senna won a formula 1 race, three times he was champion of the world.

"on the brake

" The accident raises even more puzzles, as Senna was regarded as unnecessarily reckless driver. "You have to stay calm, the most important rule is to keep yourself in check. This is the Problem of the youth, to want everything quickly. I'm like that too. But I have learned and know that you have to step on the brake", had Senna said in an Interview.

After the fatal accident, the regulations of formula 1 was changed in order to improve the safety for drivers and spectators.

At the site of the tragedy in Imola, a memorial to Ayrton Senna.

remains of Senna That Senna is until today in Brazil is so popular is also due to his charitable commitment, which continued his family after the accident. The Ayrton Senna Institute supports street children and educational projects. That's why the Fans are saying today: "at that Time we also had other idols, but that has changed. Today, it has become difficult to find such a great role model."

Ayrton Senna remains an Idol - even after 25 years
Ivo Marusczyk, ARD Buenos Aires
01.05.2019 11:04 PM

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