He has long been regarded as one of the greatest drivers Formula One has ever seen, if not the greatest. The Brazilian legend won 3 world championships before his untimely demise at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, at a corner long regarded as dangerous – the infamous Tamburello.
Could he have won more championships had he not perished in Italy that fateful race? Given his form and prodigious skill, it seems likely.
Most enthusiasts of the sport agree that there will never be another driver like Ayrton Senna, the man with a masterful handling of every racing condition imaginable and an aggression and ability to race as few others have since.
We profile 5 of his best races:
Australian Grand Prix, 1991
In more recent years, the Australian Grand Prix has come to be the year-opening race on the Formula One calendar, but in earlier years it was the final race on the Formula One Calendar.
This particular race, at the Adelaide Street Circuit, was hit by a torrential downpour that saw the 81-lap reduced to 16 laps. After securing pole position in a sunny qualifying session, Senna was given chase by Briton Nigel Mansell, driving for Williams, but early on passed frontrunners by a significant distance to take the lead.
With drivers struggling for visibility, Senna held on to his lead in a race where multiple drivers ran wide of track repeatedly, spun out and crashed.