Ayrton Senna’s mad lap around Monaco in a 1990s McLaren
A video showing Ayrton Senna’s legendary pace around Monaco has surfaced on Twitter. The clip shows the Brazilian’s lightning-fast reflexes, traversing all of Monte Carlo’s iconic bends while battling with his McLaren. Watch the clip below:
The F1 drivers of the 1980s and 1990s had to really fight with their machines. The lack of electronic aids forces drivers to get the most out of their car manually. Among this special breed of drivers was Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian F1 legend who established himself as the best of the best.
Monaco was particularly special for the world champion, as they often beat the rest of the field by a significant margin despite the narrow tracks and lack of a clearing area.
The 1990 Monaco Grand Prix was particularly notable for the Brazilian, beating rival Alain Prost to pole position by nearly half a second. Senna managed to create a 3.7 second gap to Prost on lap two, a feat widely hailed by the F1 fraternity even today.
By lap 66, Senna was 23 seconds ahead of second-placed Jean Alesi. At this point, however, the Brazilian decided his pace was unnecessarily strong and decided to slow down to save his legendary Honda engine from excessive wear. Senna crossed the line one second ahead of Alesi, winning the event.
Lewis Hamilton paid special tribute to Ayrton Senna at the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton has unveiled a special 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix tribute helmet for his childhood idol and F1 racing superstar Senna. The Briton honored the Brazilian legend on his home circuit in Sao Paulo with a helmet in the colors of the Brazilian flag. Hamilton posted about Senna on his social media, saying:
“My biggest inspiration. It was his way of running, his passion for life and for sport. But more than anything, it was his way of facing alone a system that was not always kind to him. May the legacy of Ayrton Senna live on forever, particularly dynamic this weekend.
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The Briton certainly completed his tribute to Senna by winning the race despite starting in 10th position due to a penalty caused by an engine upgrade. Adding the icing on the cake, Hamilton took out a Brazilian flag on the podium, receiving heaps of applause from sentimental Brazilian fans who missed their national hero.