WATCH: Ayrton Senna’s Honorable Final Radio Message to F1 Rival Alain Prost

Published 05/01/2022, 2:02 PM EDT

F1 has witnessed many great rivalries. And one of its most famous rivalries was between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. Although fans know all about their on-track battles, they might not know that Senna had a beautiful message for his arch-rival during Senna’s last San Marino race weekend.

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The rivalry between the two multiple-world champions peaked during the 1988 and 1989 seasons. But the 1993 season was the last year when the two arch-rivals clashed against each other as Prost retired from F1 after winning his fourth championship in 1993.

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Meanwhile, Senna continued racing and even joined Williams for the 1994 season. During the 1994 San Marino GP, Prost visited the Imola circuit as a commentator Saturday. Senna sent his former McLaren teammate a ‘miss you’ message over the team radio after knowing about Alain’s visit.

Later, Prost wished to become best friends with Senna in the future upon learning about the ‘miss you’ message. Unfortunately, Prost’s wish never came true. Because the next day, the three-time world champion got involved in a severe accident that cost him his life.

Even Ayrton Senna couldn’t escape his 1994 San Marino GP crash

Senna was the three-time world champion and is still considered to be one of the best drivers in the sport. However, the 1994 season was the last when the world witnessed the world-class driving of the Brazilian legend.

Honda Marlboro McLaren driver Ayrton Senna during the British Grand Prix on 7 July 1992 at the Silverstone Circuit. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Allsport/Getty Images)

The American UFC commentator Joe Rogan shared his experience of watching a documentary on Ayrton Senna. Rogan couldn’t believe even a talented driver like Senna could not escape a crash that cost his life, even though Ayrton Senna was famous for his instinct to avoid danger.

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Rogan stated, “They’re riding this f**king razor edge of performance, and Ayrton Senna was famous for having these spectacular instincts, but ultimately died in a crash.”

Senna hoped to become the four-time world champion in 1994. But after the disappointing first two races, he was looking forward to scoring his first points in Imola. However, Senna left the circuit and crashed into the concrete wall at high speed. The resultant impact of the crash led to the death of the three-time world champion.

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Although Ayrton Senna is no longer with us, his legacy lives on and still keeps inspiring others to become F1 drivers. Senna’s legacy has inspired the likes of seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

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Ripan Majumdar

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Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

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