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Ayrton Senna: Genius and Mystical

In his lifetime, Ayrton Senna was acknowledged as the greatest F1 racing driver in the world.  Gifted with immense natural skill and technical understanding, he rose to the top of the sport and became...

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 in Mexico 1986

For the love of the Brazil

When Mateus goes to bed he settles down on the kitchen floor beside the cooker. There are seven people living in two rooms. It is hot and there is no ventilation apart from windows...

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...

Commemorative Ayrton Senna coins

Rosland Capital unveiled the Ayrton Senna gold and silver coin collection at the 2017 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix in May. The collection was designed in collaboration with the Ayrton Senna Institute to honor Ayrton...
Ayrton Senna in 1984

F1 History: Schumacher says Senna was his idol

11 December 2000 2000 F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher reveals that he grew up idolising Ayrton Senna, hoping to one day be just like the Brazilian.“There are certain dreams that you can achieve, and here...

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...
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...
Ayrton Senna testing in Portugal

F1 Estoril report: January 1994

It may have been merely a little self-indulgence, but the unavoidable impression was that the man inside Formula One's most distinctive helmet had launched the opening, psychological salvo at his new team-mate. Indisputably, Ayrton...
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...