“Greatest Driver That Ever Lived”: F1 World Pays Tribute to the 3X Champ Ayrton Senna on His Special Day

Published 03/22/2023, 5:00 AM EDT

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“If you no longer go for a gap that exists you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing”. Words that encapsulate the mindset of every great racing driver in Formula 1. Words that were spoken by one of the greatest to ever grace the sport, Ayrton Senna. Senna was one of the few drivers from Brazil to sit atop the world of F1. There is no scale to measure the highs Senna would’ve touched if not for his untimely demise. However, if we take his impact on the sport and the fans as a scale, the sky was the limit and we got a glimpse of that on his birthday.

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No one can deny Senna’s ability behind the wheel. In fact, one of the most decorated, albeit arrogant, drivers in the world of F1, Michael Schumacher, also bowed down in front of the greatness of Senna. The German conceded defeat to Senna in the 1994 championship, because sadly Senna passed away in the 1994 San Marino GP.


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Regardless of his untimely death, the world still celebrates the Brazilian’s life. This is exactly what McLaren did on their various social media platforms on 21st March, Senna’s birthday. The team with which Senna won all his championships posted a photo of the legend with a caption celebrating what could’ve been his 63rd birthday.

The caption read, “A legend who inspired his generation and many more to come. 🇧🇷 Celebrating Ayrton on what would have been his birthday.”

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Fans across the world showered these social media posts with love for the Brazilian.

The world of F1 celebrated Ayrton Senna on his birthday

The Brazilian won races, stood on podiums, and even won three world championships. However, above all, he won the hearts of millions of fans across the world, Brazilian or otherwise.

The fans showcased that in the comments section of the Instagram post. 


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“If he’s not your favorite driver he is probably the favorite driver of your favorite driver”

“the best, the champion, the idol! senna always”

“Senna forever!”

“if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver.” One of my favorite quotes from the legend”

“Ayrton Senna,my favorite F1 driver,I named my son after him,simply the best!”

“Brazilian proud”

The fans shared that enthusiasm on Twitter as well.

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The fans are pouring their hearts out in celebration of the greatest. The sad demise of the Senna kick-started the importance of safety measures in the sport. Even with his death, the Brazilian played a big role in the sport.

Let’s never forget the contribution of Senna. Senna Sempre!



Written by:

Mahim Suhalka


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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.
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Varunkumaar Chelladurai




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