“Champions are made of something they have deep inside of them. A desire, a dream, a vision. They must have last minute stamina. They have to be fast. They must have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill”.
Aryton Senna was the greatest brazilian driver of all time was born in Sao Paulo on March 21, 1960.
Today he would complete 50 years and certainly still participate actively in racing either on your own team or even running on events like the 24 Hours of LeMans. Senna was three times world champion of Formula 1 in the years 1988, 1990 and 1991 and also twice runner-up in 1989 (a championship very controversial given to his punishment at the final race) and 1993 (third year of Schumacher in the category)
This was the first great achievement of Senna, and the race was interrupted by rain, when the Brazilian was leading, but due to the rules applied, the final positions would be those on the lap before the black flag appears when Senna was second and Prost was in the lead.
Anyway was a nice sample of what this rookie would be able to do, not only in the rain but in Monaco´s circuit as well.
In 1985, Senna moved to Team Lotus where he won his first race in Estoril GP in Portugal in his very first year on this new team. During the 3 years of Lotus the brazilian took the highest place on the podium 6 times and that, besides the first victory in Portugal, also happened in the Belgian Grand Prix circuit in Spa-Francorchamps in 1985, twice the U.S. Grand Prix in Detroit, in the years 1986/1987, the Spanish GP in Jerez de la Frontera in 1986 and in the Monaco GP in 1987, a circuit where he took the first place on another 5 opportunities (89/90/91/92/93).
He has starred great moments like the first lap of the GP of Donington Park in 1993, a circuit considered impossible for overtaking, after starting at 4th and dropped to 5th place in the very start, during the first lap took the lead after performing 4 overtakes against 4 opponents.
Also in 1993, due to a miscommunication between the team and driver, Senna stayed on the track, driving fast during qualifying, when he had just little fuel and ended up getting the pole position for the Grand Prix from Adelaide in Australia.
In his 11 seasons in Formula 1 Senna won 41 races, got 65 pole positions and reached 614 points in 161 Grands Prix.
Among those victories and results, the most exciting winning race, even for Ayrton was in 1991, the GP of Brazil in Interlagos – São Paulo, when he finished in the first position, for the first time in his country(and hometown also) after a gearbox trouble which left him only with the 1st and 6th gears.
Two years later he would win again in Brazil, in the same season in which he made the most beautiful lap at Donington Park and also when he won the pole position “accidentally” in Adelaide in Australia.
After moving to Williams in 1994 and the tragic accident, his last team paid him a beautiful tribute that remains today, maintaining its signature on the front of their cars, so that the champ always crosses the line in first place, even before the current driver.
Last year, in December, Senna was elected the best driver of all times in the poll organized by Autosport magazine, attended by 217 drivers who have raced the Formula 1 and the majority of them voted for Ayrton.
A fair position to him who had declared his passion for the winning and his distaste for any position else, when he once stated:
“Being second is the same as being the first of the losers.”
So today, his birthday, is the best moment to celebrate his life and preserve the best image of this true champion in our memories!