Senna: A man of contrasts

Ayrton Senna at Mexico podium in 1986
Ayrton Senna lost his life on this day 24 ago. His death, while leading the San Marino Grand Prix in his blue and white Williams, came just a day after Austrian Roland Ratzenberger was killed in a qualifying accident, and plunged the motor-racing world...

The Santerno river talks to the story

Ayrton Senna at Imola
The Santerno river rises in the hills south-west of Imola. It winds its way down for 50 kilometres until it reaches the town, which is home to over 68,000 people and to a racing circuit: the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. In April 1994 two...

Ayrton Senna: ups and downs

Ayrton Senna in Karting
Ayrton Senna was the most complex character to ever sit behind the wheel of a Formula One car. Often a sensitive, spiritual man away from the track but always the most ferociously aggressive competitor on the tarmac, the enigmatic Brazilian caught the imagination of millions,...

Remembering a brave racer

Roland Ratzenberger
Just four Formula One drivers turned up to Roland Ratzenberger's funeral after his death during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix on April 30 1994. The 33-year-old Austrian driver's passing was overshadowed by events that took place 24 hours later when three-time world champion...

McLaren: How the Senna earned its name?

McLaren Senna
When McLaren unveiled its new hypercar, a successor to the brand’s P1, it came with a striking and iconic name – Senna. McLaren named it after Ayrton Senna, the famous Formula One driver who died tragically during a race in 1994. While Senna didn’t spend his entire racing...

SENNA most charismatic driver

Senna Movie
On May 1 1994 Ayrton Senna was killed on the track at Imola, on the seventh lap of the San Marino Grand Prix. He was 34. In Brazil three days of national mourning were declared – three days! – and a million people lined the...

F1 Memories: Donington 1993

Ayrton Senna at Donington park in 1993
Donington Park hosted the 1993 European Grand Prix, located in the small town of Castle Donington, England, the circuit provided F1 fans with an unforgettable Easter Sunday. The first and the only time an F1 Grand Prix took place in the circuit. It started to...

Ducati Tribute to Ayrton

Ducati Senna
Sao Paulo (Brazil), 8 October 2013 - Marking Ducati's participation at the Two Wheels Motorcycle Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Italian manufacturer presented a surprise Senna version of their 1199 Panigale S model. Realised exclusively for the Brazilian market, a limited edition series of...

F1 Dream: Roland Ratzenberger

Roland Ratzenberger at Imola
On the morning of the San Marino Grand Prix on 1 May 1994, Ayrton Senna placed an Austrian flag in his racing car. The great Brazilian champion had planned to wave the flag as he passed the finishing line in victory. Senna wanted to share...

Owen O’Mahany: Senna’s pilot

Senna's plane BA 125
Captain Owen O'Mahony watched the grand prix on the little television in the office at Forli airport, a few miles from the circuit at Imola. Outside, his boss's jet, a British Aerospace 125, lay on the tarmac, fuelled and ready for take-off. O'Mahony always...