Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna

|Brazilian
date of birth : 21/03/1960 | date of death : 01/05/1994
Born on 21-Mar-1960, São Paulo, Brazil, racing driver, He was voted by over two hundred of his fellow Formula One drivers as the best driver of all time in a 2010 poll. Senna was also a humanitarian who discreetly donated millions to help those less fortunate in his native country.

Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:

Ayrton Senna was born on 21-Mar-1960 in São Paulo, Brazil.

Father's name: Milton da Silva
Mother's name: Neide Senna
Brother: Leonardo
Sister: Viviane Senna Lalli
Spouse: Lilian de Vasconcellos Sousa
Children: -

Reputation, fame, nickname:

Beco/ Magic Senna

Personal Information:

Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Website: http://www.ayrton-senna.com/

Life events:

Ayrton Senna da Silva was born in São Paulo, Brazil. His father was a rich businessman and landowner and he built a little go-kart for Ayrton at home. Then, Ayrton's mobility-related problems seemed to disappear for sake so he could get in motorsport world. The entire family supported Senna's interest in motoring, and spent weekends together at local parks where the young man could drive his kart. His parents used driving privileges as leverage to get Senna, a lackluster student, to pay better attention to his studies. He contested the Karting World Championship each year from 1978 to 1982, finishing runner-up in 1979 and 1980.He was the team-mate of Terry Fullerton in 1978, who Senna later felt was the rival he got the most satisfaction from racing against. He had adopted his mother's maiden name of Senna, for 'da Silva' was a common name in Brazil and 'Senna da Silva' too long to fit on a pit board! In the winter of 1980, he left Brazil for England and by August 1981 had clinched both the Townsend Thorensen and the RAC Formula Ford 1600 championships. He needed money for racing. Attempts to gain sponsorship failed and in October Senna announced his retirement. He returned to Brazil but he couldn’t change anything.After spending four months managing his father's building company his desire to compete had grown even stronger. Now his father gave him a choice, business or motor sport, finally he chose the sport.In 1982 he returned to England and was the winner of the British and European Formula Ford 2000 championships. The following year, Ayrton was the recipient of the British Formula Three Championship title. He also won the Formula 3 Grand Prix. With a growing reputation as a skilled driver, he received testing from various Formula One Teams, such as Williams and McLaren, but because of intense competition, his first Formula One Team was Toleman, who Senna drove for in 1984.He joined Lotus in 1985 and in 1986, he was the winner of the Spanish Grand Prix and the Detroit Grand Prix. The following year he tasted his second victory at the Detroit Grand Prix and also won the Monaco Grand Prix. In 1987 John Watson, a former McLaren team driver, asked Senna how he would approach Prost. He answered: I will make sure I am fitter than him. I will be more motivated and I will make sure that I can drive faster, more consistently and for longer. I will beat him! He was as good as his word for this was the year that brought Ayrton Senna thirteen pole positions, eight GP wins and his first World Championship title. In 1987, Lotus would be powered by Honda (during 1985 and 1986 engines were by Renault) and Ayrton got the first of six wins at Monte Carlo; he saluted to mechanics euphorically and then on the podium he threw champagne to the Royal Family. At the end of season, Ron Dennis announced, that Senna was contracted by McLaren to team with Alain Prost as of 1988. In 1989 he came in second to his teammate Alain Prost despite having more wins. The relationship between the two had deteriorated to the point where Prost left McLaren to join Ferrari. In 1990 and 1991 Senna joined at McLaren.In 1992, the Williams-Renault combination began to dominate Formula One. In 1994, he signed a contract with Williams in 1994. He expressed reservations about his new car, and the new rules for Formula One, he said: “It’s going to be a season with lots of accidents, and I’ll risk saying that we’ll be lucky if something really serious doesn’t happen.”Senna's new car was quick but difficult to drive, and despite putting it on pole at each of the first two races, he failed to finish while Michael Schumacher took maximum points in his Benetton. Then, at Imola, Senna led Schumacher after an early safety car period. He pushed hard immediately after the restart, and as he took Tamburello corner on the second lap, the car veered right and hit a concrete wall. The world watched as the car came to rest. Senna moved slightly, then sat peacefully, as the fastest driver to have ever lived died doing what he did best.

Occupations and Career:

Ayrton Senna was a racing driver.He began driving karts from an early age. His earliest recorded race was a fun go-kart race, aged four.In 1977 Ayrton won the South American Kart Championship and repeated the following year. The goal for any aspiring karting driver was Europe and the World Championships at Le Mans. Against much stronger competition Ayrton managed to finish sixth overall which was considered sensational for a driver with his experience, but he came away disappointed in not winning any of the three races which constituted the final. In 1979 he returned to Europe for further seasoning and finishes second in the World Championships at Estoril. Nivelles in Belgium the following year saw another second. In 1981, Senna moved to England to begin single-seater racing, winning the RAC and Townsend-Thoreson Formula Ford 1600 Championships that year with the Van Diementeam. Despite this, Senna initially did not believe he would continue in motorsport. At the end of the season, under pressure from his parents to take up a role in the family business, Senna announced his retirement from Formula Ford and returned to Brazil. Before leaving England, however, Senna was offered a drive with a Formula Ford 2000 team for £10,000. Back in Brazil, he decided to take up this offer and returned to live in England. As Silva is a very common Brazilian name, he adopted his mother's maiden name, Senna. Senna went on to win the 1982 British and European Formula Ford 2000 championships under that surname. For that season, Senna arrived with sponsorship from Banerj and Pool. He made his debut in 1984 driving for the Toleman team, a future Formula One legend. Ayrton Senna ended his first season with 13 World Championship points - 9th in the driver rankings. He joined Lotus in 1985, the first year he took seven pole positions and races in both Portugal and Belgium. During 1987 Senna had negotiated a three year contract with McLaren-Honda, he finished his last season at Lotus ranked 3rd in the Championship. He had joined Alain Prost at McLaren- Honda – one of the top Formula One teams by 1988. That season the two drivers dominated the Formula One campaign – the two winning 15 out of 16 races. Senna was able to claim his first world championship at the age of 28. He went on to repeat this ultimate prize. Amidst a great rivalry with Alain Prost, Senna won the world championships in 1990 and 1991. Because McLaren slipped behind Williams-Renault, he could only finish 4th in 1992, and 2nd in 1993.

Awards /Honors:

During his career, Senna had 162 Grand Prix starts and 41 Grand Prix wins. His career-win record was, at the time, second only to that of his rival, the French driver Alain Prost, who had 51 wins in 202 starts.

Death, place of death, Time of death, place of burial:

He was killed in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. The cars telemetry later showed that Senna had reacted incredibly fast, having the brakes fully on at the moment of the accident. However, there was nothing he could have done to prevent his death. The reaper had scheduled him that day. He was buried at Cemiterio Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil.

Quotes and Memoirs:

Racing, competing, it's in my blood. It's part of me, it's part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else.
And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.
When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win, second or third place is not enough.
I continuously go further and further learning about my own limitations, my body limitation, psychological limitations. It's a way of life for me.
You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood.
Of course there are moments that you wonder how long you should be doing it because there are other aspects which are not nice, of this lifestyle. But I just love winning.
Wealthy men can't live in an island that is encircled by poverty. We all breathe the same air. We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance.
These things bring you to reality as to how fragile you are; at the same moment you are doing something that nobody else is able to do. The same moment that you are seen as the best, the fastest and somebody that cannot be touched, you are enormously fragile.
Women - always in trouble with them, but can't live without them.
References:
http://en.wikipedia.org
http://www.nndb.com
http://www.themagicofsenna.com
http://www.history.com
http://www.grandprixhistory.org
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