Ayrton Senna da Silva triumphed 41 times in his career, and he was on the podium 39 more times and won three Champions League titles. He is remembered as the King of qualifications and the best driver in the rain ruled the streets of Monte Carlo and since its debut in 1984 he drove for Toleman, Lotus, McLaren and Williams. Senna was special, his ride was pure art. He is rightly considered one of the best of all time, not only because of the titles and wins, but what he did on the circuit.
The May 1, 1994 has changed the Formula 1 forever. One of the best drivers of all time, maybe the best, lost his life on “Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari” circuit located in Imola, Italy, and nobody has got over the “black weekend” till now. “Black Weekend” at Imola in 1994 began on 30 April, when the Austrian rookie Roland Ratzenberger lost his life hitting a concrete wall into Villeneuve curve during qualifications. Although many were worried before the race because of that, no one had never even thought that something like that could happen during the very race. However, in the fifth round Sena lost control of his car at a speed of over 300 km/h and hit the wall in “Tamburello” corner. It is certain that Formula One has not been the same without Senna, since Formula One has been loved by many precisely because of him. And now, 20 years later, many are thinking about what would happen if there were. But one thing is for sure, Senna was unique, according driving style he was different from others. Some did not like him, and many did, but he was and he still is one of the best in history. He lived fast, but fast and left, just the way he wanted:
“I want to live fully, very intensely. I would never want to live partially, suffering from illness or injury. If I ever happen to have an accident that eventually costs my life, I hope it happens in one instant.” – Senna said early in 1994.
Like every Brazilian, Senna believed in God, and epitaph “Nada pode me separar do amor de Deus,” which means “Nothing can separate me from the love of God” is on his grave. His behavior during his short life was in the spirit of the epitaph. Senna was aware of the problems of people in Brazil, especially children, which he loved. That was why that he gave a large part of his wealth, which is estimated at around 400 million dollars at the time of his death, to charity, particularly to ensure a better education for the poor. A few years after Senna’s death, his family founded the “Institute Ayrton Senna”, which exactly helps the children to receive the necessary education. The legend of him still alive in this way.