Ayrton Senna. Source: Sportscasting.com

Ayrton Senna da Silva was a Brazilian race car driver who won the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship three times, in 1988, 1990, and 1991.

Early life

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Senna was born on the 21st March 1960, in the Pro-Matre Maternity Hospital of Santana, a So Paulo neighbourhood. He was born in the centre of a wealthy Brazilian family to landowner and factory owner Milton da Silva and his wife Neide Senna da Silva.

Senna had an older sister, Viviane, and a younger brother, Leonardo. Senna’s mother was the grandchild of Italian immigrants, and his father was the son of a Spanish mother (from Tjola, Province of Almera) and a Brazilian father from So Paulo.

Senna spent his first four years of life in the home of Neide’s father, Joo Senna. It was on the corner of Avenida Aviador Guilherme and Avenida Gil Santos Dumont, fewer than 100 metres from Campo de Marte, a huge region where the Aeronautics Material park and an airfield were located.

Senna was a gifted athlete who excelled in gymnastics and other sports and acquired an interest in automobiles and racing at the age of four. However, as a tiny child, he lacked motor coordination and struggled to climb stairwells at the age of three. Senna’s electroencephalogram (EEG) revealed that she was free of any issues. Senna’s parents dubbed him “Beco”.

Career overview

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Senna is one of three Brazilian Formula One drivers to have won the World Championship. He has won 41 Grands Prix and 65 pole positions, the latter of which being a record until 2006. He perished in an accident while racing for the Williams team in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Senna began his racing career in karting, progressed to open-wheel racing in 1981, and won the British Formula Three Championship in 1983. He debuted in Formula One with Toleman-Hart in 1984, then moved to Lotus-Renault the following year, where he won six Grands Prix over the next three seasons.

In 1988, he joined McLaren-Honda with Frenchman Alain Prost. They won all but one of the year’s 16 Grands Prix, and Senna won his first World Championship. Prost won the championship in 1989, and Senna won his second and third titles in 1990 and 1991, respectively. The Williams-Renault team began to dominate Formula One in 1992.

Despite this, Senna finished the 1993 season as runner-up, winning five races and negotiating a move to Williams for 1994.

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Senna was recognised for his one-lap qualifying speed, and he held the record for most pole positions from 1989 until 2006. He was particularly lauded for his rainy weather performances, which included the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix, and the 1993 European Grand Prix.

He has six Monaco Grand Prix victories, is the fifth-most successful driver of all time in terms of race wins, and has won more races for McLaren than any other driver. Throughout his career, Senna courted controversy, particularly during his tumultuous rivalry with Prost.

Formula One career

Senna joined Toleman, a newer team that ran on less competitive Pirelli tyres. Senna made his debut at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro, qualifying 17th but retiring on lap 8 when the Hart 415T turbocharger failed.

He earned his first World Championship point when he finished sixth in his second race in the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami despite suffering from severe cramps in his neck and shoulders, and he repeated that performance two weeks later at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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Senna finished third in both the British and Portuguese Grands Prix that season and finished ninth in the Drivers’ Championship with 13 points overall.

He did not compete in the Italian Grand Prix after being punished by Toleman for violating his contract by engaging into talks with Lotus for 1985 without first alerting the Toleman team. Senna was the first driver signed by Lotus who was not personally chosen by team founder Colin Chapman, who died in 1982.

McLaren (1988–1993)

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Senna joined the McLaren team in 1988, thanks to the relationship he had developed with Honda during the 1987 season with Lotus, and with the permission of McLaren’s number-one driver and then-double world champion, Alain Prost.

The groundwork was created for Senna and Prost’s heated rivalry, which would culminate in a number of dramatic race events over the next five years. However, despite their personal animosity, the experienced pair immediately learned that they needed to work together, especially in testing, to stay ahead of their primary rivals from Ferrari, Williams, Benetton, and Lotus.

1991

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Senna became the youngest three-time world champion in 1991, winning seven races and expanding his pole position record to 60 from 127 races. Prost was no longer a genuine rival due to the drop in performance at Ferrari, the likes of which littered the team’s history.

During preseason testing, Senna expressed reservations about the car’s ability to compete with the new Honda V12, claiming that the engine was not as powerful as the previous year’s V10.  Senna won the first four races at Phoenix, Brazil, Imola, and Monaco, while his competitors failed to match his speed and consistency.

Williams (1994)

Senna was ultimately allowed to join the Williams squad in 1994 when Prost retired and was reputedly paid a $20 million pay. Senna was assigned car number 2, with teammate Damon Hill driving car number 0 owing to Prost’s retirement, who would have been awarded number 1 had he returned. Senna’s arrival brought with it a new sponsor. Rothmans International became Williams’ principal backer, and Senna was one of the team’s first drivers under the familiar white and navy scheme.

Racing record

World Championship Career

YearCarRaceStartWonPodClassBestPoleFrontBestLapHatPtsPos
1984Toleman1514036200310139
1985Team Lotus16162691710131384
1986Team Lotus16162810189100554
1987Team Lotus16162812114130573
1988McLaren16168111411315132941
1989McLaren161667911316132602
1990McLaren16166111211011122781
1991McLaren1616712151811120961
1992McLaren1616379115110504
1993McLaren16165712113110732
1994Williams33000331000
Total1621614180108165871197614

Personal life

Lilian de Vasconcelos Souza (Left) Ayrton Senna (right). Source: Dreshare

From 1981 to 1982, Senna was married to Lilian de Vasconcelos Souza. Vasconcelos, whom he had known since infancy, struggled to adjust to her husband’s racing career in England. The marriage was annulled.

Senna next courted Adriane Yamin, the daughter of a So Paulo businesswoman, who was 15 years old when they began dating in 1985 and was frequently chaperoned by her mother during meetings with Senna. They were temporarily engaged, but Senna ended the romance in late 1988.

From late 1988 until 1990, Senna dated Brazilian TV actress Xuxa. Between 1990 and 1991, he dated Christine Ferracciu, who resided with him in Monaco and Portugal on and off. Senna also had an affair with American model Carol Alt and dated models Marjorie Andrade and Elle Macpherson for a short time. Senna was in a relationship with Adriane Galisteu, a Brazilian model and later TV personality, at the time of his death.

Senna’s assets included an organic farm in Tatu, Brazil (where he built a go-kart track in 1991), a beach house in Angra dos Reis, Brazil, an apartment in So Paulo, Brazil, an apartment in Monaco, an estate in Sintra, on the Portuguese Riviera, and a villa in Algarve, Portugal.

Rеаl Nаmе/Full NаmеAyrton Senna da Silva
Nісk Nаmе/Сеlеbrаtеd NаmеAyrton Senna
Віrth РlасеSantana, São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Dаtе оf Віrth/Віrthdау21 March 1960
Died1 May 1994
Неіght/Ноw Таll5 ft 9 in.
Wеіght76 kg
Раrеntѕ NаmеFаthеr –Milton da Silva
Моthеr –Neide Senna
ЅіblіngѕViviane Senna, Leonardo Senna
NаtіоnаlіtуBrazilian
Маrіtаl ЅtаtuѕMarried
SpouseLilian de Vasconcelos Souza (m. 1981–1983)
Кіdѕ/Сhіldrеn NаmеN/A
РrоfеѕѕіоnRace car driver
Nеt Wоrth$100 Million
Lаѕt UрdаtеdЈunе 2021

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