Ayrton Senna

Racing Driver and Triple Formula One World Champion
Born Mar 21, 1960

Ayrton Senna da Silva was a Brazilian racing driver. Senna was a three-time Formula One world champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time. He died in a crash at Tamburello corner while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix and is the most recent driver to die at the wheel of a Formula One car.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ayrton Senna.


1960 Birth Born on March 21, 1960.


1977 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Senna attended Colegio Rio Branco in the São Paulo neighbourhood of Jardins and graduated in 1977 with a grade 5 in physics along with other grades in mathematics, chemistry, and English. … Read More
1978 18 Years Old 1 More Event
He contested the Karting World Championship each year from 1978 to 1982, finishing runner-up in 1979 and 1980.


Senna began his motorsport career in karting, moving up to open-wheel racing in 1981, and winning the British Formula 3 championship in 1983.
1982 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Senna went on to win the 1982 British and European Formula Ford 2000 championships. … Read More
In 1983, Senna drove in the British Formula Three Championship for the West Surrey Racing team. … Read More
He made his Formula One debut with Toleman-Hart in 1984 before moving to Lotus-Renault the following year and winning six Grands Prix over the next three seasons. … Read More
1985 25 Years Old 1 More Event
1985 Senna was partnered in his first year at Lotus-Renault by Italian driver Elio de Angelis. … Read More
1986 26 Years Old 1 More Event
1986 De Angelis was replaced at Lotus by Scotland's Johnny Dumfries after Senna vetoed Derek Warwick from joining the team, saying that Lotus could not run competitive cars for two top drivers at the same time. … Read More
1987 27 Years Old 1987 Team Lotus had a new engine deal in 1987, running the same turbocharged Honda V6 engines as Williams had used to win the previous year's Constructors' Championship, and with them came a new team-mate, 34-year-old Japanese driver, Satoru Nakajima. … Read More
Senna became dissatisfied with his chances at Lotus and at Monza it was announced that he would be joining McLaren for 1988. … Read More
Prost claimed the championship in 1989, and Senna his second and third championships in 1990 and 1991. … Read More


1990 - 1991 4 More Events
…  Senna was planning to move to the Williams team for the 1992 season, but Honda's CEO, Nobuhiko Kawamoto, personally requested that he remain at McLaren-Honda, which Senna did out of a sense of loyalty. … Read More
By comparison, Fittipaldi had set a best time of 49.70 seconds, which he later improved to 48.5 seconds, only by using the new 1993 Penske PC-22 at his disposal during this test session. … Read More
…  He was killed in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix for Williams.
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