18 years ago today, the world lost both a great man and a great driver.
Only ten years before that, Senna was only starting his career at the hands of Toleman-Hart, which was as dreadful as it could have been — and yet, good enough for Senna to shine and show the world “hey, I’m here”.
Today, 18 years later, I can still remember the panic of a 7 year old boy who saw one of his heroes die, and ever since thinks of some kind of worthy tribute to pay to an awesome, awesome driver.
Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda, Fittipaldi and many other F1 champions drive the Mercedes 190E in the inaugural race of Saloon Car Racing. Senna was a rookie at the time, and still managed to take 1st place away from the masters.
"On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, ‘Okay, this is the limit’. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high."
Ayrton Senna — Interview for Racing is in My Blood, 1991