Ayrton Senna – A random pictorial tribute

Ayrton Senna 1993

Ayrton Senna, Kyalami 1992

This pictorial was first published by Grand Prix 247 on 1 May 2013.
The first day of May for many around the world is Worker’s Day. For Formula 1 fans it is the day Ayrton Senna died. We remember him 19 years since that horrid day at Imola and pay tribute with some poignant quotes and pictures – of the greatest.

Unless otherwise captioned photos below are sourced from he unrivaled Sutton Images archives.

Ayrton Senna, Kalmar 1980

Ayrton Senna, Kalmar 1980

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.

Ayrton Senna, Montreal 1988

Ayrton Senna, Montreal 1988

Winning is the most important. Everything is consequence of that. Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

Ayrton Senna, Interlagos 1992

Ayrton Senna, Interlagos 1992

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.

Ayrton Senna with Peter Gethin, Rio de Janeiro 1984

Ayrton Senna with Peter Gethin, Rio de Janeiro 1984

I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.

Ayrton Senna, Mexico City 1991

Ayrton Senna, Mexico City 1991

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.

Ayrton Senna, Monaco 1988

Ayrton Senna, Monaco 1988

I don’t know driving in another way which isn’t risky. Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other’s.

Ayrton Senna, Spa-Francorchamps 1990

Ayrton Senna, Spa-Francorchamps 1990

Fear is exciting for me. The danger sensation is exciting. The challenge is to find new dangers.

Ayrton Senna, Esher 1985

Ayrton Senna, Esher 1985

Money is a strange business. People who haven’t got it aim it strongly. People who have are full of troubles.

Ayrton Senna, 1989

Ayrton Senna, 1989

You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means: you race or you do not.

Ayrton Senna, Imola 1994

Ayrton Senna, Imola 1994

When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win, second or third place is not enough.

Ayrton Senna, Monza 1997

Ayrton Senna, Monza 1987

I continuously go further and further learning about my own limitations, my body limitation, psychological limitations. It’s a way of life for me.

Ayrton Senna (BRA) McLaren Ford MP4/8 celebrates his win. European Grand Prix, Rd3, Donington Park, England, 11 April 1993.

Ayrton Senna, Donington 1993

You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood.

Alain Prost (FRA) McLaren MP4/5 walks from his car following a collision with team mate Ayrton Senna (BRA) at the entrance to the chicane. Meanwhile Senna pleads with the marshals to push start him. They did, he recovered to win, but was disqualified. Formula One World Championship, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, Japan. 22 October 1989. Catalogue Ref.: 10-182 Sutton Motorsport Images Catalogue

Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, Suzuka 1989

I am not designed to come second or third. I am designed to win.

Ayrton Senna, Monza 1993

Ayrton Senna, Monza 1993

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.

Ayrton Senna, Rio de Janeiro 1985

Ayrton Senna, Rio de Janeiro 1985

Women – always in trouble with them, but can’t live without them.

Ayrton Senna, Monaco 1992

Ayrton Senna, Monaco 1992

I was already on pole, then by half a second and then one second and I just kept going. Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anybody else, including my team mate with the same car. And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension. It was like I was in a tunnel. Not only the tunnel under the hotel but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit but still able to find even more. Then suddenly something just kicked me. I kind of woke up and realised that I was in a different atmosphere than you normally are. My immediate reaction was to back off, slow down.

Ayrton Senna, Imola 1990

Ayrton Senna, Imola 1990

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.

Ayrton Senna (BRA) Lotus 98T, who finished the race in second position, sends the sparks flying as he climbs Eau Rouge. Belgian Grand Prix, Rd 5, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, 25 May 1986.

Ayrton Senna, Spa-Francorchamps 1986

On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit.

Ayrton Senna, Estoril 1994

Ayrton Senna, Estoril 1994

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.

Ayrton Senna memorial at Imola

Ayrton Senna memorial at Imola

If you have God on your side, everything becomes clear.

 

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