Ayrton Senna – Twenty Years after His Death

Ayrton Senna
Re-shared from Hooniverse, text by Kamil Kaluski

May 1st, 1994. San Marino Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, more commonly known as Imola. Tamburello corner, a high speed left turn which hosted its share of accidents. Nelson Piquet, Gerhard Berger, Michele Alboreto, Riccardo Patrese, and Rubens Barrichello just two days prior, have had accidents right there, on that very corner.

On the seventh lap of the Grand Prix, while in first place, just ahead of Michael SchumacherAyrton Senna’s number 2 Williams FW16, went off track and hit the concrete wall of the curve at 135mph.

Ayrton Senna’s death remains the most recent, and certainly the highest profile, Formula 1 race driver death. There have been other deaths in Formula 1 since then however, specifically that of John Dawson-Damer and Fritz Glatz, each one of whom was driving a vintage Forumla 1 cars in exhibition races. The more recent death of María de Villota, who succumbed to her injuries more than a year after her accident during a test, is the only one involving modern Formula 1 vehicles. Read more…


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