Ayrton Senna Da Silva


The nature of people, has been altered through ages, passing from
the age of gold, to the age of silver, bronze, iron...
Only the generation of the Heroes, of a very distant future, will be
able to save humanity...

(Isiodos, 846 - 777 BC, Theogony).


IN MEMORIAM

Isiodos had been prophetic indeed as much as timely in an almost scary way. He was not referring to heroes with special warfare skills, conquerers, or, even less, "heroes" of the political stage. He was referring to Heroes, stars of the human expression and activity, special people, fine samples of the human generation. A generation that did nothing else, through ages, than degenerating constantly. These heroes, Da Vinci and Beethoven, Barnard and Von Braun, Gagarin and Ferrari, Nuvolari and Ascari, Fangio and Clark, Peterson and Senna, live, as Isiodos foretold, only in the future and for the future alone. After combining the magic of their unparalleled thought with religious mysticism, they transferred those two... "sixth senses" to tomorrow, creating a galaxy for the supreme initiates. The galaxy of harmony, beauty, art, technology. The galaxy of the (last) Heroes. Heroes that might have not been able to save humanity, but their example might leave some sparkles on the almost extinguished fire of creation, for the generations to come.

Being a hero means being the best of all, on the activity that someone has chosen, within the time borders that someone has been active, or even beyond them. Hero means an example to follow. Hero means self control, modesty, kindness. Hero means dignity. Hero means thirst for success and conquests. Hero means truth. Hero means romance and dreaming. Hero means generosity, love for life and people. Hero means ignoring the envy of the mass, the envy of the useless and the stupid. Hero means always chasing the best, always the perfect and only that. Hero means immortality. Hero means all of the above. Hero means Ayrton Senna! The last hero of modern sport, hero of the biggest expression of freedom that man could ever give to his miserable existence.

Ayrton Senna has been transferred, people like him don't die, because the perfection of his talent, had not been taken under consideration, could not be combined with all "degrees" and knowledge of the people who designed his car. Ayrton Senna was simply something very distant and unapproachable to them. This is the reason why the "mass" hated him and with him it hated all those who loved and admired him. His extraterrestrial superiority, his perfection, his greatness. Like all great heroes, he had tragically foreseen his end. Even to this, he was that great. Noone will ever repeat what he achieved. Because even if we, for one moment, consider that something like this would be possible, the "achievement" will automatically lose its value, as it will have been achieved without his presence, without his absolute comparison metric, without him, the last hero, Ayrton Senna.

People like Ayrton Senna have accomplished their mission on this planet. They showed the way, they have enlightened others. They belong to that chosen group of people that could never ask themselves what they live for.

But finally, what is the dominant emotion in this emotional battle? Is it the tragedy of the transfer moment or the euphoria of the theogony, considering the fortunate occurence of their coming to earth? It's clearly a matter of anticipation level and capability to access the galaxy of harmony.

(Original article by T.L. - Translated in English)


You up there,
Ascari, Nuvolari, Von Trips and the others...
Keep him a place next to you.
Behind the wheel of a '59 250 GTO,
to run in the highways of heaven,
for ever...



Racing Biography

Name: Ayrton Senna Da Silva
Birth Date: March, 21, 1960
Birth Place: Sao Paolo, Brazil
Height: 1.75m
Weight: 70kg
First contact with automobile: At the age of 4, go -kart.
First race: At the age of 13, July 1973, kart race at Interlagos. He won.
First big achievement: Champion of panamerican kart 1979 - 1980. Second in the world championship
First racing car: 1981, Formula Ford 1600
First Victory: Brands Hatch, Van Dimen RF81 Formula Ford 1600
First contact with an F1 racing car: July 1983, Donnington Park, testing a Williams Ford FW08C
First F1 GP: 1984, Brazil, Toleman - Hart TG183B
First F1 GP victory: 1985, Portugal, Lotus - Renault 97T

Career Highlights

1978: Champion of Brazil and South America, 100cc Kart championship
1979: Champion of Brazil, second in the world Kart championship
1980: Champion of Brazil and South America, 100cc Kart championship
1982: British and European Formula Ford 2000 champion, Van Diemen RF82 (22 poles, 22 wins)
1983: F3 champion of Britain, Ralt RT3E
1984: First participation in F1, Toleman - Hart TG183B (9th)
1985: 4th at F1 championship, Lotus - Renault 97T
1986: 4th at F1 championship, Lotus - Renault 98T
1987: 3rd at F1 championship, Lotus - Honda
1988: F1 champion, McLaren - Honda
1989: 2nd at F1 championship, McLaren - Honda
1990: F1 champion, McLaren - Honda
1991: F1 champion, McLaren - Honda
1992: 4th at F1 championship, McLaren - Honda
1993: 3rd at F1 championship, McLaren - Ford

Numbers

Races: 161
Wins: 41
Pole Positions: 65
Fastest Laps: 19
World Championship Points: 614
Championships: 3 (1988,1990,1991)







Ayrton Senna, started his career as an F1 driver on 1984. A comparatively small team, Toleman, gave him an F1 race car. Immediately he showed his great talent. That season's highlight was the GP of Monaco. It was raining heavily and Senna was flying, as his driving skills in rain conditions were unparalleled. He passed Lauda and he was closing up on Prost at a pace of up to 7 seconds per lap. The race stopped right after Senna had passed Prost, and he was placed second, as the judges considered the classification of two laps ago as final. Head judge was later punished for that decision. Right on the next season he moved to Lotus.It was then, 1985, when he took his first F1 victory in the Portugal GP, under heavy rain. He stayed at Lotus for two more years and won a total of 6 races with that team. In 1988 he signs with McLaren, where he found Alain Prost as a teammate.





He won 8 out of the 16 races of that year, along with that year's championship title. We still remember his qualification lap at Monaco, where he was 2.5sec faster than his teammate, driving an identical car.

His great rivalry with Prost had just begun. Next year he lost the title to Prost (although, most believe that the title belongs to him), after a questionable incident at Suzuka, where Prost clearly drove both his and Ayrton's cars out of the track. Senna got back in track, with the help of the judges and won the race, only to be disqualified later, thus leaving the title to Prost.





Next year Prost moved to Ferrari, and Senna won the title of 1990. 1991 was a difficult year. Williams had a better car, but it was not reliable enough so Senna won his third title over Nigel Mansel, showing his superiority once again. On 1992 and 1993, he stayed with McLaren, but the team's good days were over. However Ayrton managed to win 3 races on 1992 and 5 races on 1993, driving a car, that only he could drive to victory, as Williams and Benetton were far better at that time. He left McLaren at the beginning of 1994 to sign with Williams, after 35 wins and 3 world titles. He competed in three races, winning the pole positions on all of them, until he lost his life on May 1st, 1994, Tamburello turn, Imola. He was ahead...

Ayrton Senna's driving skills were supreme. His skills were unmatched especially under rain. Who can forget Monaco 1984, Portugal 1985, Brazil 1993, when he passed Damon Hill on Williams, for the first place, driving on the wet side of the track on slick tyres.








Donnington Park 1993, when he started 5th under heavy rain, and passed everyone within few turns of the first lap. He won leaving everyone a lap behind. Yet again we can't forget Brazil 1991, when he won the race, driving with his gearbox stuck on 5th gear for several laps to the end of the race. He was also called the "King" of Monaco, as he managed to win that race 6 times. We remember him at Suzuka, 1991, the day he won his 3rd title. He was leading the race when he just slowed down giving the victory to his teammate, Gerhard Berger, showing him his appreciation. We finally recall Ayrton making one final lap with Toleman, just before he moved to Lotus. The team wanted him to make a few laps in order to use his records as a comparison to the new drivers of the team. He took a racing car with used tyres and simply broke tha lap record.

There are many things to remember, enough to write a book. He was a professional with great talent, thirsty for victory. Second place was not for him.





He could communicate with his mechanics like no other driver. With deep knowledge of his car, and the way it works, not only was he, according to many, the best driver of all times, but an excellent tester and developer as well. He could drive on the limits, and even beyond them and made it look so easy. He had a strong auto-focusing ability, that made him look extraterrestrial. Finally, he had a deep belief in God. He went to meet Him on May 1st, 1994.


All of us, F1 fans and Ayrton Senna's fans, were left with a sense of emptiness. It should be the best driver, the one that would be the most successful. He could have won 4,5, or even 6 titles, winning more GPs and getting his pole count to a 3 digit number. But it didn't happen. He had to go. He had once said that he wants to live a full life. And that he did. Noone would like to see Ayrton on a wheelchair and surely not himself. He left as he was supposed to...
On First place, leading a race... And that's how we are going to remember him.


"Williams will find a replacement driver.
Formula 1 wont"
Still so true...