By Wand Agency
Some VIP in Ayrton Senna's wake.Ayrton Senna da Silva , March 21, 1960 May 1, 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver and triple Formula One world champion. He remains the last Grand Prix driver killed while driving a Formula One car.A kart racer from an early age, Senna won the British Formula 3 championship in 1983 and made his Formula One debut with Toleman the next year. He moved to Lotus-Renault in 1985, and won six Grands Prix over the next three seasons. In 1988 he joined Frenchman Alain Prost at McLaren-Honda, the top driver and team at the time, and won that year's championship. He and Prost developed a heated rivalry, which is regarded as the bitterest in F1 history. Senna also won the 1990 and 1991 F1 championships. In the next two years with McLaren, despite driving an inferior car, Senna won races and challenged for the 1993 world title, finishing runner-up to Prost. He switched to the then-dominant Williams Renault team for the 1994 season. At the third race of the year millions of fans witnessed his fatal crash live on global TV coverage whilst leading the San Marino Grand Prix.At the third race of the season, the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, Senna declared that this was where his season would start, with fourteen races, as opposed to sixteen, in which to win the title. Senna again placed the car on pole, but he was particularly upset by two events. On Friday, during the afternoon qualifying session, Senna's protégé, the then F1 newcomer Rubens Barrichello, was involved in a serious accident that prevented him from competing in the race. The next day, Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger was killed in a practice accident.Senna spent his final morning meeting fellow drivers, determined after Ratzenberger's accident to take on a new responsibility to re-create a Drivers' Safety group (i.e. Grand Prix Drivers' Association) to increase safety in Formula One. As the most senior driver, he offered to take the role of leader in this effort.Senna and the other drivers all opted to start the Grand Prix, but the race was interrupted by a huge accident at the start line. A safety car was deployed and the drivers followed it for several laps. On the restart Senna immediately set a quick pace with the third quickest lap of the race, followed by Schumacher. As Senna entered the high-speed Tamburello corner on the next lap, the car left the track at high speed, hitting the concrete retaining wall at around 135 mph. Senna was removed from the car by Sid Watkins and his medical team and treated by the side of the car before being airlifted to Bologna hospital where Senna was later declared dead. What had likely happened was that the right front wheel had shot up after impact like a catapult and violated the cockpit area where Senna was sitting. It impacted the right frontal area of his helmet, and the violence of the wheels impact pushed his head back against the headrest, causing fatal skull fractures. A piece of upright attached to the wheel had partially penetrated his helmet and made a big indent in his forehead. In addition, it appeared that a jagged piece of the upright assembly had penetrated the helmet visor just above his right eye. Any one of the three injuries would probably have killed him. As track officials examined the wreckage of his racing car they found a furled Austrian flag -- a victory flag that he was going to raise in honour of Austrian Roland Ratzenberger, who had died on that track the day before.To this day, the cause of the accident has still not been fully determined after many court cases, including Williams being investigated for manslaughter though the charges were later dropped.Ayrton Senna da Silva (São Paulo, 21 de março de 1960 — Bolonha, Itália, 1 de maio de 1994) foi um piloto brasileiro de Fórmula 1, três vezes campeão mundial, nos anos de 1988, 1990 e 1991. Foi também vice-campeão no controverso campeonato de 1989 e em 1993. Faleceu em acidente no Autódromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, em Ímola, durante o Grande Prêmio de San Marino de 1994. Sua excelente performance nas fórmulas anteriores (especialmente na Fórmula 3 inglesa em 1983) o levou a estrear na Fórmula 1 no Grande Prêmio do Brasil de 1984 pela equipe Toleman-Hart. Logo na sua primeira temporada na categoria máxima, Senna demonstrou rapidamente um talento excepcional levando a pequena equipe inglesa à exaustão e a obter resultados jamais alcançados. É considerado um dos maiores nomes do esporte brasileiro e um dos maiores pilotos da história do automobilismo.Na terceira corrida da temporada, o GP de San Marino, em Ímola, Senna declarou que esta deveria ser a corrida de início da temporada para ele, pois não havia terminado as anteriores e agora faltavam apenas catorze corridas. Senna mais uma vez conquistou a pole, mas o fim de semana não seria tão fácil.O banco foi o principal patrocinador do piloto de Fórmula 1 Ayrton Senna.