Ayrton Senna da Silva was a Brazillian professional Formula One race driver who is regarded by many as one of the all-time greats in motorsport. However, due to his early and tragic demise, many people don’t know much about his glorious career and accolades. So, here we bring a look at the career and accomplishments of Ayrton Senna and how did the racer die.
In the very first race, which was held in South Africa in 1993, he finished in second position. Senna finished with 41 victories out of 162 entrants and three Formula 1 champion overall. Fifty-one races and four championships were won by Alain Prost in the 1980s and 1990s.
Career And Achievements!
Ayrton competed in the Karting World Championship from 1978 to 1982. Each race saw an improvement in its performance. In the seasons of 1979 and 1980, he came in second. Later, he claimed victory in the 1982 British and European Formula Ford 2000 titles. He was awarded the British Formula Three Championship championship the following year. The Formula 3 Grand Prix was also won by him. Senna made his Formula One debut in 1984 with the Toleman team.
Senna then switched to Lotus-Renault the next year, where he won six Grands Prix in three seasons. He won the Spanish Grand Prix and the Detroit Grand Prix in 1986. The next year, he not only won the Monaco Grand Prix but also tasted victory for the second time in the Detroit Grand Prix. Senna made history in 1988 when he not only joined the McLaren team but also became the first person to win the Formula One World Championship. He lost the championship the next year but still managed to win six races in a row.
Meanwhile, Senna was the 1990 Formula One World Championship winner. In addition, when Ayrton won the Formula One Championship in 1991, he became one of the youthful three-time world champions.
How Did Ayrton Senna Die?
On the tragic morning of May 1, 1994, Formula One legend Ayrton Senna died in a heartbreaking track accident. Senna crashed horribly while competing in the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy, suffering catastrophic injuries. When Senna’s vehicle veered off the course and collided with a concrete wall at 145 mph, it was traveling 191 mph. Reports state that the collision caused him to suffer fatal skull fractures, brain damage, and a torn temporal artery. At around 200 km/h, the vehicle slammed into a concrete wall on the Tamburello circuit, sending the right front wheel and suspension flying into the driver’s seat. Senna passed away after a piece of metal struck his skull.
He was declared dead at Bologna’s Maggiore Hospital, although Italy said he passed away 4 hours earlier just after his automobile collided with a wall. At the time of his passing, Ayrton was just 44 years old. Ayrton Senna’s death left a lasting impression on Formula 1 racing. And because of that, the Head and Neck Support and stronger helmets became the priorities for Formula 1.