Everyone knows about Senna vs Prost. We don’t need to go into that. Both were epic drivers, for very different reasons. However, very rarely do people take an opportunity to compare qualifying laps between the two drivers side by side.
However, take a look at this video from 1989, during the Japanese Grand Prix. Senna, who was known as the master of qualifying, out-paced his teammate Prost by 1.7 seconds in the same car. That’s another lifetime in racing terms.
I know that I said that I wasn’t going to do something solemn approaching the anniversary of Senna’s and Ratzenberger’s passing, but this documentary is so good that you have to watch it.
We’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of Aryton Senna’s tragic passing. You can read all about respectful tributes of this solemn day in motorsport. However, what I wanted to do was share something a bit more uplifting.
Watching Aryton’s Senna’s first test in a Formula 1 car. Testing for Williams, Mclaren and Toleman. Senna had only started gracing the world of Formula 1, and the hearts of racers for generations.
You have to love Senna, not only for his achievements in Formula 1, but for his love of competition karting. Check out this video where he advocates many of the core values of being involved in karting.
Honestly, I think that no matter what form of motorsport that you participate in, having experience in a kart is incredibly useful. Worked for Senna, so it works for me. 😉
Ayrton Senna died 19 years ago today. We are big fans of Senna here at StartingGrid and have featured articles about him before. Senna was an amazing talent dripping with focus and pure joy of competition. If he were still with us, what would he be doing now? My bet is he’d still be racing; not Formula 1, perhaps rally or Australian V8 Supercars.
This image shows all of Senna’s formula cars. It was created by Paul Laguette who has an amazing portfolio of racing and car themed work.
Check out his Coroflot site: Paul Laguette’s Coroflot page
Check out his website: Studio P Design
If you’re a Senna fan, then you need to watch this video. Antti Kalhola makes amazing racing videos that he’s released on Youtube. I’m always super shocked when I find out how few views his videos have!
Dramatic, intense and insightful. You need to give these a watch.
I saw this photo on the Motorsports Retro Facebook stream and it made me smile. Senna and the NSX are two great things that go great together.
Photo credit: Unknown: if you know please share that with me and I’ll credit appropriately
Although none of us had ever met him, most of us who write for this blog love Aryton Senna. |StartingGrid| has written several articles about him, including a very special one which features photos from the San Marino Grand Prix taken by one of readers on that tragic day of May 1st, 1994.
Out of respect, I had planned to write an entire article about Senna. However, posts of that kind can be found all throughout the internet. I decided that today would be better spent in quiet reflection. Not only about the passing of Aryton Senna, but how we spend the rest of our time on this planet.
What does any of that have to with Ayrton Senna? Senna was a man who not only chased after his dreams. He spent his life pushing himself to become better, stronger and faster. His single-minded focus, belief and dedication moved generations of people throughout the world, and changed our perceptions about what one person could accomplish.
That impact should be respected and never forgotten. We should all strive to reach such greatness. Even if we fail to make it, those who do will be more successful than those who fail to try. So with those thoughts in mind today, take a moment to remember Senna.
Now, what will you do next?
Well, no. But if it was, this it what it would look like. Cristiano Siqueira, an illustrator from Brazil, has designed these amazing linearts of the great World Champion. Take a look!