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In 1974 he won the São Paulo junior championship and in 1975 was runner-up in the nationals. He'd met Alfredo Popesco through Popesco's younger brother who was already friends with him. The two families lived near each other. Now Popesco was 17, Senna going on 16, but the year's...
Ayrton Senna in France
A master on the Formula One racing track, triple world champion Ayrton Senna was the pride of Brazil. Twenty-five years after his tragic death in the San Marino Grand Prix, he remains one of the country's biggest sporting legends. The anniversary of Senna's death on Wednesday -- dubbed “Senna Day” -- will...
Ayrton Senna in Monaco 1988
It was the event in which Senna truly, after dropping several hints in the four seasons since his F1 debut, announced his arrival on the world stage. The Brazilian out-qualified Alain Prost, his McLaren teammate, by a margin of 1.427 seconds around the streets of Monte Carlo. It is often said in F1...
Rolan Ratzenberger
For quite a few fans of Formula One, we only remember Roland Ratzenberger for being the first death at the fateful 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Many an article has been written about Ratzenberger, but nearly all of them centre around Imola. Roland Ratzenberger was a charming man with one...
In cooperation with the Ayrton Senna Institute and artist Ian Berry United Art Solutions proudly presents this exclusive limited edition of the iconic Ayrton Senna Portrait. Commemorating the 20th year since Senna’s passing, British artist Ian Berry collaborated with the Ayrton Senna Institute to reveal a unique portrait crafted entirely...
Jo Ramirez and Ayrton Senna
In the contemporary F1 Paddock, folk without enemies are hard to find. It's a hard-nosed environment which can have a desensitising effect over the years. While not an absolute rule of thumb, those who thrive tend to be... self-centred, let's say. There remain, though, some who are there because they...
Ayrton Senna in Australia 1985
I don’t remember the day men landed on the moon, but I remember the day when I watched Ayrton Senna’s crash on television. I first met Ayrton in 1979, when I was working in Formula 3, and our Brazilian driver Chico Serra – who was one of the upcoming...
22-year-old Emerson Fittipaldi had arrived in the country with a goal – to impress Formula 1 team bosses and become a Grand Prix driver. It would take him just over a year to make it happen. Even flying into Gatwick Airport for the first time had been a ‘Road to...
British Grand Prix 1989
It has a deeper meaning than similar driving ability or comparable speed. It means receiving a ticket to that exclusive circle of talented men who with their hands at the wheel are capable of going beyond the technical capabilities of their car. And it's a passport to an even...
Senna Helmet 1990
Ayrton Senna's helmet that he wore in the 1990 Formula 1 season fetched a staggering €162,000 (£142,000) at auction on February 6. That's a new record for a racing helmet at auction as the previous record was held when Senna's 1991 helmet sold for £74,750 in 2012. This Rheos helmet...