Ayrton Senna – Just The Simple Guy
One of the icons and one of the Formula One drivers that inspired many generations after him, was Ayrton Senna.
The Brazilian driver was one of the most memorable persons during the 90s and his tragic death back in 1994 is one of the most known moments during that period.
Senna was the national symbol of Brazil and more than 3 million people went to pay the last respects for one of the greatest persons in Brazil’s history and one of the biggest names in the history of sport.
But we are not here to talk about how Ayrton Senna died, but to remind you of his life and his role during the late 80s and early 90s of the last century.
Statistically, Michael Schumacher is the best driver of all times but for many who have seen how Ayrton Senna drove, he is without a doubt the best driver that ever appeared.
In his 11 years in Formula One, he put down 41 wins, 80 podiums and 3 titles.
His race fights with Alain Prost are one of the greatest in the history and this rivalry is one of the epics in sports. It is considered to be a classic and among top 10 of rivalries in the history of sports.
Many records were broken by Senna and some of them are still active today despite the fact that Formula 1 changed enormously since the 90s.
He is considered to be one of the most influential drivers of all times.
But he was not a person who was focused just on his personal success.
In 1992, during the practice in Spa-Francorchamps Grand Prix in the Belgium, Eric Comas had an accident and while everybody just passed beside the crashed formula, Senna stopped and quickly reacted, preventing the fire on the vehicle and saving the life of the driver. One year later he did the same thing on the same circuit when he saved Alessandro Zanardi.
After his death, his family revealed that for years he gave millions of dollars do various humanitarian organizations, who mostly help children and their education.
Although Senna came from a wealthy family, he was a modest person and he didn’t want to talk about his donations. Like this, also in his life, he didn’t want to be a playboy or a star, but just a simple ordinary man.
After his death, his family made ”Ayrton Senna Foundation” which helps children in Brazil to get proper education and health treatments.
”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.” Senna used to speak about poverty in Brazil.
His archrival, Alain Prost is a trustee of the foundation.
That speaks enough about the respect others had to this champion.
Ayrton Senna’s death represents one of the saddest moments during the 90s.
The Tamburello Curve at San Marino Grand Prix took one of the greatest persons in the history of sports but made a legend that will represent a role model that will last forever.