WATCH: Top 5 Moments Ayrton Senna Graced the F1 Track With a Masterclass in Racing Finesse

Published 05/01/2022, 2:58 PM EDT
A portrait of Ayrton Senna of Brazil, driver of the #1 Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/7A Honda V12 during tyre testing for the British Grand Prix on 7 July 1992 at the Silverstone Circuit in Towcester, Great Britain. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Allsport/Getty Images)

Ayrton Senna is one of the most talented and ruthless F1 drivers ever existed. He is arguably one of the most fearless and brilliant racers to have raced in the sport. The three-time F1 world champion could push his car beyond the limit and extract the best out of it. In his illustrious career, the Brazilian picked up 41 wins and 65 pole positions.

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A career that ran across a decade, Senna was regarded as the very best in his generation. Known for his signature move that allowed his opponents to either crash into him or lose position, the former McLaren driver was in a league of his own.

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His skills didn’t know any boundaries, be it a dry track or a wet one. So. remembering him and his legendary career, EssentiallySports brings you the top 5 Ayrton Senna moments. We do this to tell the tale as to why Senna is one of the best drivers to have ever existed in F1.

5. 1984 Monaco Grand Prix

People at times say that McLaren made Ayrton look like a beast. However, that’s not true. We’ll tell you why. In the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, the year Senna debuted in F1, he was running in P13 just before it started to rain. As the rain poured, Ayrton passed every single driver on the way except Alain Prost. But a Red flag situation brought an end to the race, otherwise, that would’ve been a phenomenal race win for the brilliant Brazilian.

4. 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix

Another rain-soaked race day and another Ayrton Senna masterpiece. This time it’s about the first win of the career. The race at Estoril saw Senna finish a minute before anyone else. To top all that, the São Paulo-born driver lapped every single driver except the one in P2. Senna once again proved why he was so good in wet conditions.

3. 1988 Japanese Grand Prix

This time, it’s about how Senna got his first championship. Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were engaged in a brutal championship fight. The two championship protagonists faced each other at Suzuka for judgment day. A win would get the Brazilian his first-ever championship. Despite the easy calculation, Ayrton stalled and got back to P14, while Alain made the most of it. However, the rain again played a huge part in the race. As Senna started getting past one driver after another, he ended up winning the race and eventually the championship.

2. 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix

About seven years had passed since his F1 debut and Senna still couldn’t win his home race in Brazil until 1991. In the Sao Paulo race, the hometown of Ayrton saw the local boy win the race incredibly. The McLaren driver had just two laps to complete the race and win it, only to meet with a gearbox failure sometime later. Despite the drawback, Ayrton remained on the seat and, after a relentless drive, took his car home ahead of Riccardo Patrese to win the race by a slight margin of 2.991 seconds.

1. 1993 European Grand Prix (Held in the United Kingdom)

It was the best of all races for Ayrton Senna. The phenomenal and brilliant Brazilian showed the world why he’s regarded as the best driver of his generation. The race at Donington Park saw the McLaren driver get past the likes of Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, and Alain Prost. It was a wet race and out of all complications, Ayrton Senna got the best of them all. Senna crushed all the other drivers and showed his skill on another rain-soaked day to take the victory home even after four pit stops. Amazing isn’t it?

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A Notable Mention: 1993 Australian Grand Prix

The 1993 Australian Grand Prix saw the Brazilian take over as the pilot for the McLaren for one last time before he moved to Williams in 1994. Moreover, the Adelaide race was the last race win for Senna, as well as his last pole position. However, it was a race that Ayrton won in fashion after defeating his arch-rival, Alain Prost. The very next season, Ayrton Senna breathed his last in an unfortunate and shocking accident at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

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We’ve tried to list down five of them, even though Ayrton gave us countless such moments to talk about. Without a doubt, Ayrton was and will always be one of the best drivers in Formula 1.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

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