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The king of the racing driver and his tragic death

In his blue racing jumpsuit, he lay stretched out on the Asphalt, surrounded by the marshals, paramedics and Doctors. Ayrton Senna was on this 1. May 1994, taken straight up with full force into the plug limit of Imola. Flying pieces of wreckage had pierced his helmet – he had no chance of Survival. However, the myth of the racing legend from Brazil and still lives there today. The current world champion Lewis Hamilton calls him as a role model and Motivation for its success.

The AnfängeVom Kart in the formula 1

Ayrton Senna came in 1984 in the formula 1. Image: Keystone

Ayrton Senna came in 1960 as the son of wealthy parents in Sa?o Paulo to the world. Even as a child he was interested in the Motorsport . At 13, he made his debut in the Kart and was 17 for the first time South American champion. Via British formula Ford and formula 3, he was superior Champion – he came in 1983 as a test pilot in the formula 1. In 1984 he wrote to the team Toleman in his first formula 1 contract.

The success of Three-time world champion

Skilled Jubler: In his career, the Brazilian won 41 GPs. Image:

After his debut season in the inferior Toleman Senna in 1985 moved to Lotus. In the 2. Race of the season, he celebrated the first GP victory of his career – 40 more followed. In the Lotus he was twice a world Cup-the Fourth and once in the third. In 1988 he moved to McLaren and celebrated in the Rotweissen three world titles (1988, 1990 and 1991). In 1990, Senna of the "L'equipe", was elected "world athlete of the year".

The archrival and Alain Prost

Embittered duel: Senna (left) against his team mate Alain Prost. Image: Keystone

The Frenchman was in the mid-80s, the Pilot to beat it. In 1988, he and Senna's team-mates were. A year later, the climate between the two rough it was before 1990 escalated – racing accident in Japan. They were talking now not a word more to each other. After Prost's retirement in 1993 they reconciled, and the Frenchman was close to Senna's.

The UnfallEin fatal weekend

With 211 km/h in the wall: Senna's car after the impact. Image: Keystone

The San Marino GP in Imola 1994 already before the race start under a good star. In Qualifying, Roland Ratzenberger was involved in an accident fatal. The then-34-year-old Senna started from the pole position in the 3. Race of the season. In round 7, his Williams came off at the end of the Tamburello curve of the track and bounced with 211 km/h into a wall. A few hours later, he was declared dead. Possible reason for the accident: a broken handlebar.

The myth of the model for all pilots

For getting under the skin: Senna's legend lives on today. Image: Keystone

there is Hardly a driver who doesn't call Senna as one of his role models. His hunger for success, his precision on the steering Wheel and his risk-taking on the track made him a legend. Off the track he was loved. His personality and Charisma were unique in the formula 1. He was loved by the masses. 500 000 people have worked on in Sao Paulo for his funeral procession. (

Created: 01.05.2019, 10:58 PM

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