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Betise Assumpcao: Imola 1994

I thought, "he's going to be in a really bad mood now" Dread at the track, chaos at the hospital. Senna’s personal assistant was in the thick of it all. On sunday morning Ayrton arrived at...

Memories: Nurburgring 1984

As an Ayrton Senna fan, I recently wondered when Senna was “known” for the first time. Yes, I know he raced in karts from a young age, and moved up through the ranks of...
Ayrton Senna Quote

The Intercessor

Jo always kept the balance between the two sides of the garage, cracking jokes in both corners. When relations between Ayrton and I deteriorated Jo remained completely impartial, never taking sides, even though he...

How Senna inspired me

Every year on the first of May, many people make a pilgrimage to a walled corner of a certain racetrack near Bologna, Italy. They decorate the wall with pictures, poems, flowers and collect souvenirs...
Ayrton Senna Karting 1970

The Man Senna Could Never Beat

It was August 1980, in Jesolo, Italy. Ayrton Senna, aged 20, lay in a deck chair by the hotel pool—steely-eyed, angry. He had been beaten the day before in one of the world’s most...
Belgian GP 1986

New Teammate: Elio de Angelis

Elio de Angelis was a unique charismatic person who was highly respected in the Formula 1 world. He was a very good man, a man with a very artistic talent, known for his very...
Tamburello Imola

Amazing tribute to Ayrton Senna

I'm a big fan of Formula 1 and I've been that so far back in time as I can remember. I'm too young to have experienced Sweden's popular racing driver Ronnie Peterson’s era (I...

Ayrton Senna, a genuine man with kind heart

It’s pouring rain outside, really terrible weather. I did go out, I needed a walk just to clear my mind. In my head I could see a replay of Ayrton Senna’s famous lap in...
McLaren Mp4/7

What can we learn from Ayrton Senna?

1. Push past your limits “On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, ‘Okay, this...
Ayrton Senna at Imola 1994

Witness: San Marino Grand Prix 1994

May 1st, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest racing drivers the world has ever known. Jalopnik reader Alan Dahl was there at the...