What Race Car Driver Died Today

Today we mourn the loss of one of the greatest race car drivers in history.

Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian racing driver who won three Formula One championships for McLaren in 1988 1990 and 1991 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers of all time. He died in a crash while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Senna began his motorsport career in karting moved up to open-wheel racing in 1981 and won the British Formula 3 championship in 1983. He first drove a Formula One car at the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix for Toleman. In the 1984 season he joined Team Lotus as a reserve driver.

Senna had a highly successful first full season in Formula One winning three races and finishing second in the World Championship behind teammate Nigel Mansell. He followed this in 1985 with eight more wins three second places and another World Championship this time narrowly beating McMaster.

In 1986 Senna moved to McLaren and the combination of his driving skill and the teams’ innovative chassis gave him six more wins over the course of the next two seasons. The 1988 season saw Senna win eight races equalling the record previously set by McLaren driver Niki Lauda in 1984.

Senna continued to dominate in 1989 and 1990 winning nine races in each of those seasons and becoming the first driver to win back-to-back World Championships since Jack Brabham in 1959 and 1960.

Senna’s 1991 season was hampered by reliability problems with his car but he still managed to win seven races. He won his third World Championship in 1991 becoming only the second driver to achieve that feat after Juan Manuel Fangio.

Senna’s 1992 season was his last with McLaren. He moved to Williams for the 1993 season and won the opening race of the season in South Africa. He took five more victories during the course of the season and finished second in the World Championship behind Prost.

Senna’s final Formula One season was with Williams in 1994. He started the season with a win at the Brazilian Grand Prix and followed that up with victories in Monaco and Spain. He was leading the World Championship with 40 points when he died in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix.

Senna had 41 Grand Prix wins in his career making him the third-most successful Formula One driver of all time after Michael Schumacher and Prost. He also holds the record for the most pole positions with 65.

Senna’s life was tragically cut short but his legacy will live on forever. He was a true pioneer of the sport and inspired a generation of drivers. He will be missed by all who knew him and by fans all over the world.

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