F1: Top 5 Races of Ayrton Senna
Ayrton Senna remains one of the most proficient drivers to ever race in Formula One. During a career that spanned a decade, Senna blazed his own trail in the motorsports world by winning three F1 world championships, setting multiple records to his name, and doing so in a fashion so unlike anything is seen before.
Apart from being recognized for his breathtaking ability to manoeuvre his car in the wet weather, the man from Brazil was also a part of one of the most renowned rivalries in the sport with Alain Prost. Known also for his philosophical thinking, it was the small nuances that set him apart from the crowd.
Ayrton played a huge hand in ensuring an increased focus on the safety of the drivers by being one of the most vocal of the lot about the same. Unfortunately, the three-time world champion’s untimely death became the biggest reason for emphasis falling on safeguarding racers from major injuries.
Senna left behind a legacy, touching lives all over the world with everything that he achieved. Ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, let us have a look at some of the best races by Ayrton Senna:
#5 1988 British Grand Prix
The race was a first on many accounts for the 1988 Formula One season. It was the first time neither McLaren drivers were on the front row, the first wet race of the year, and also the first of four consecutive victories that helped Ayrton Senna clinch his maiden world championship title.
Senna had secured a third place start behind both Ferraris and, more importantly, ahead of immediate championship rival, Alain Prost. The Frenchman, by the eight race of the year, had built a lead over the Brazilian in the drivers’ standings, but that advantage was about to be cut down to only six points by the end of the British Grand Prix.
The conditions were dreary enough to make spectator visibility poor, let alone for the drivers. Ayrton, however, displayed a masterclass that could easily make one believe that his McLaren was merely an extended limb of his, even in the heavy downpour.
As Alain fell back to 15th and later retired due to handing problems, the Brazilian tailed the first placed Gerhard Berger, after quickly passing the other Ferrari driver, Michele Alboreto. Soon enough, Senna overtook Berger and with fuel consumption a major worry on the Prancing Horse driver’s mind, he was left to cross the finish line in ninth place, a result undeserving of how wonderfully he had driven that day.
Senna cruised to victory in Silverstone with Nigel Mansell trailing him in his Williams.