Ayrton recalls Senna, 26 years after his death, F1 was stunned

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Retrieved 01 May 2020, 12:30 IST

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Ayrton Senna at the 1991 Grand Prix in the United States

Formula One lost one of the best drivers of all time on May 1, 1994

Three-time world champion Ayrton Senna died at the age of 34 when Williams Emoller crashed at the San Marino Grand Prix.

The likes of Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton – the most successful drivers of the sport – have shed tears as they cross the milestone with the respect of Brazil.

In the 266 years since his death, his importance has not diminished in the slightest, with many big names confirming that he is held in the highest esteem.

Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton
“I see a lot of inspiration in the way I drive today. I’ve seen him drive. People say I have an aggressive style and sometimes I don’t think it’s right for me. I think it’s partly because I saw the Ayrton Army when I was young. , And I thought: ‘I want to drive like this whenever I get the chance.’ And I went there and tried on the kart track. And that’s where my whole approach to racing came from. He was also a magnetic personality. I especially love his weakness and his openness. I only met him once, the year before he died. But it made a lasting impression on me. You see these people as a child and you think Ena the super-hero. But everyone has a weakness, and troops And he did all the merit and performance “”

1996 World Champion Damon Hill (via The Guardian)
“The Japanese and Brazilians saw him as a god. His passion was undeniable and I sincerely believe he wanted to make the world a better place. How to best use his position for “”

Former McLaren Team President Ron Dennis (via Formula 1.com)
“I raised my game because I saw the commitment I brought to his driving. Like in any team situation, if someone shows that you can try harder, you do it. He showed what he was ready to do to achieve his goals. He raised my game because I think you try to be as good as the person you are with I think I like her policies ena – He played me the power of Formula One changed the game because he encouraged everyone. “

Former teammate and 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell (via BBC Sport)
“Ayrton is our arch-rival. He would never leave a stone unturned to get the most out of his car and his team. As the year began we developed a healthy respect and understanding for each other and became friends. [He was a] “Really good racer”

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso
“She was an inspiration. I remember some of the races we saw in the Spanish news, because we didn’t have Formula One TV coverage. I think I went to school and in my book, I didn’t have” girls “- obviously I don’t have girls in the book. I was very young – but I had Ayrton there and I had a big poster of Ayrton in my house and at Monkey was in the color of my first go-karts Ayrton McLaren because my dad liked him too. “

Two-time world champion Emerson Fitipaldi (via McLaren.com)
“Ayrton has perfectly passed the driver’s state and reached a level of respect and violence that has put him on a higher plain than his rivals. – All three of these years have been World Championships for Williams, which has led him to six of Michael’s world championships. The carrier could give [Schumacher] Five. “

Former teammate and four-time world champion Alain Prost (via Autowick)
“I always said, Ayrton didn’t want to kill me, he wanted to destroy me. That was his motivation from day one; on my last day in Adelaide, everything changed completely. Two weeks ago on the Japanese stage, he wouldn’t even look at me, but now I Retiring, and he put his hands around me! “

Former Williams team president Frank Williams
“Ayrton knew what he wanted, and he knew who could deliver at the company and he got behind the boys and got them by his side. He got the best of them all; that’s what he was good at. And on top of a racing car track, he was awesome special. [He had] Huge brains like you can’t believe in power, elegance, charisma and determination. “

Three-time world champion Nicki Lauda
“He had the best and charismatic race driver so far