Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian Formula One racing driver who won three World Championships for McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport.

Early Life

Ayrton Senna da Silva was born on March 21, 1960, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He started karting at a young age and quickly showed his talent for racing. He won several championships in Brazil before moving to Europe to race professionally.

Formula One Career

Senna made his debut in Formula One with Toleman in 1984 and immediately impressed with his speed and aggression. He joined Lotus the following year and won his first Grand Prix at Estoril, Portugal.

In 1988, Senna moved to McLaren and formed a legendary partnership with teammate Alain Prost. The two drivers won all but one of the races that season, but tensions between them came to a head when they collided at Suzuka in Japan. Senna was controversially disqualified from the race and finished second to Prost in the Championship.

Senna bounced back to win the Championship again in 1990 after more battles with Prost throughout the season. In 1991, he dominated once again to claim his third title.


Sadly, Senna's life was cut short when he was killed during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola on May 1, 1994. He remains an icon of motorsport and is remembered as one of its greatest champions.

Several documentaries have been made about Senna's life including "Senna" (2010) which won several awards including Best Documentary Feature at Sundance Film Festival.


Ayrton Senna will always be remembered as one of formula one’s most talented drivers who competed fiercely yet gracefully every time he hit the track. He left behind a rich legacy, inspiring many racecar drivers who succeeded him professionally.