Charles Leclerc & Ferrari F1 Pay Tribute to its ‘Greatest Competitor’ Ayrton Senna: “Would Have Loved to See Him Driving a Red Car”

Published 05/01/2022, 3:24 PM EDT

It marks 28 years since the fateful day Formula One lost its most loved driver. Ayrton Senna lost his life in a racing accident while racing at Imola in 1994 for Williams. He is widely regarded as one of, if not the greatest, F1 drivers of all time and has inspired many drivers, including current Ferrari spearhead Charles Leclerc.

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The Monegasque driver revealed that while growing up, he used to idolize the Brazilian maestro. He mentioned that his love for the 3-time world champion was generated by watching his father admire Ayrton.

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“My father was a fan of Ayrton and growing up, he became my hero too,” said Leclerc. While his teammate Carlos Sainz too emphasized Senna’s significance in the sport,” I think every sportsman realizes how special Ayrton was,”

The love and admiration for Senna is surely not limited to Leclerc but also extends to the Ferrari team boss, Mattia Binotto. The Italian mentioned that he would have loved to see the Brazilian drive for Ferrari.

“Ayrton Senna. I would have loved to see him driving the red car,” said Mattia.

Ayrton Senna reveals his love and admiration for Ferrari

In his 10-year-long career in Formula One, the Brazilian legend never got the opportunity to drive for the Prancing Horse. But he never hid his love and appreciation for the Italian manufacturer, as he wished Ferrari to be his last team.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 24, 2022, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“Even if the Ferrari is as slow as a Volkswagen Beetle, I still want to be driving it on my last start, my last lap, my last race. Ferrari is the myth of F1. The tradition, the soul, the passion,” said Senna about Ferrari.

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It would have been great to see him drive for the Ferrari F1 team and fulfill his dream. But sadly, fate intervened in between and took him too soon from the world. But it is amazing to see how many people he has inspired in Formula One, including the 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Many still mention his heroics behind the wheel regularly. It is also nice to see the younger generation of the F1 drivers recognize the greatness of the former world champion. There is no doubt in the mind of every racing fan that he was one of the greatest F1 drivers ever.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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