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Ayrton Senna da Silva was a Brazilian racing driver and three-time Formula One world champion. He died in a crash while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
Senna began his motorsport career inkarting and moved up the ranks to win the British Formula 3 championship in 1983. Making his Formula One debut with Toleman in 1984, he moved to Lotus-Renault the following year. In 1988 he joined atMcLaren-Honda. He finally moved to Williams in 1994, but suffered a fatal accident at the third race of the season at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Italy.
Senna is regarded as one of thegreatest drivers in the history of Formula One. In 2009, a poll of 217 current and former Formula One drivers chose Senna as their greatest Formula One driver.
He was recognised for his qualifying speedover one lap, and from 1989 until 2006 held the record for most pole positions. He was among the most talented drivers in extremely rain-affected conditions. He also holds the record for most victoriesat the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix (6) and is the third most successful driver of all time in terms of race wins..
Senna was born in Santana, a suburb of São Paulo city. At school he excelled ingymnastics, art and chemistry but found mathematics, physics and English difficult. The son of a rich Brazilian landowner, he developed an interest in motor racing at an early age. Senna was Christian.A very religious man, he conflated his beliefs with his racing.
Senna spent millions of his personal fortune on underprivileged children. A short time before his death he created the framework for anorganisation dedicated to Brazilian children, which later became Institute Ayrton Senna.
Ayrton Senna da Silva - one of the greatest racing drivers of all time - lost his life at Imola on May 11994. However, he was always a man of such extraordinary talent and character that his legacy lives on, not only in the memories of those who witnessed his talent on the track, but as an example to...
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