Remembering The Great One - Ayrton Senna
1 May 1994 - a day that shook the very foundations of the motoring world and plunged the racing fraternity into deep shock and mourning. In that weekend alone, the now infamous Imola tack , claimed the life of Ayrton Senna (34) , Roland Ratzenberger (33) and severely injured Rubens Barrichello.
An inspirational man both on and off the track, this legend holds 8 major F1 records to his name these are : Most wins leading throughout a GP 19 , Most consecutive pole positions 8 Most consecutive front row starts 24 Most consecutive wins at the same Grand Prix 5 Most pole positions at the same Grand Prix 8 Most consecutive pole positions at the same Grand Prix 7 Most wins leading throughout a GP in a season 5 Most Pole trophies 6 Highest percentage of front row starts in a season 100%. He is what all racing drivers aspire to be.
To top it off ,He is a 3 time F1 world Champion with an impressive 162 races, 41 wins , 80 podiums, 65 pole positions and 19 fastest laps. Senna’s racing résumé is simply mind-blowing and possibly has no equal.
In a frank and candid interview with an equally famous racing driver , Jackie Stewart , Ayrton laid bare his philosophy on racing ….
“By being a racing driver you are under risk all the time. By being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing, we are competing to win. And the main motivation to all of us is to compete for victory, it's not to come 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th. I race to win as long as I feel it's possible. Sometimes you get it wrong? Sure, it's impossible to get it right all the time. But I race to win, as long as I feel I'm doing it right.” - 1990 Grand Prix Australia
Article By - Chris Calleja Urry
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