Ayrton Senna would have turned 60 todayMarch 21, 2020
The modern world is used to all sorts of ratings, but in almost any field their results largely depend on the views, positions and tastes of the compilers. Perhaps motorsport is no exception.
At the same time, you can take any list of the hundred best Formula 1 racers compiled over the past quarter century, and almost certainly the name of Ayrton Senna will be among the top three. In extreme cases, the top five, but this may already raise questions for the authors of such a rating. In general, in our time, objectivity is no longer considered one of the basic virtues, although it was once a matter of honor.
Therefore, in order to better understand what Senna meant for the world of Formula 1, it is proposed to go back 20 years. One of the authoritative European publications then really seriously got down to business, more than forty experts were invited, including team leaders, race car designers, former racers, including world champions, journalists, photographers and commentators.
All these respected people have done a great job, the results of which are very interesting today. Since we are talking about Senna, we immediately turn to the first five of that historical list of the top 100 Formula 1 racers, published in 1997.
In fifth place was Michael Schumacher, who at that time had won two league titles at the wheel of Benetton, but had already played for Ferrari. The fourth place went to Alain Prost, the third to Jim Clark, the second to Juan Manuel Fangio.
The first place in 1997, experts gave Ayrton Senna.
Here is a brief comment explaining this choice: “Agree, the result was not a surprise for you? Therefore, we will not recall all these broken steering wheels, slow safety cars, flattened wreckage on the highway and other sensational moments that forever crashed into the minds of any Formula 1 fan, although three years have already passed since that terrible day in Imola … Let’s sing the era in which lived the greatest racer of all time, and his very life with joy.
At least 22 experts from our jury, consisting of 43 people, put the name of the great Brazilian on the first line, and this is quite true. No one in the history of the championship has managed to surpass such strong teammates and do it as convincingly as Senna did. In his era, he reigned supreme on the racetracks …
He passed away at the age of 34, for an athlete it is already age, but then he piloted better than ever, having won three pole positions in three races at the wheel of naughty Williams FW16. And although each of us has his favorite Senna races – Monaco’84, Monaco’87, Suzuka’88, Monaco’92, Donington’93 – most of all, Ayrton will be remembered most of all for his insanely fast qualifying circles. ”
March 21, 2020 Ayrton Senna would have turned 60 years old.
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