Ayrton Senna Da Silva. Motorsports most famous name. So much has been written and said about the Brazilians legacy as the greatest racing driver who ever lived. He was a man of God, with great charisma, a man of sheer determination, strength and unquestionable speed.
The name Senna means a lot of things to a lot of people. In native Brazil, he was a symbol of hope, setting up a charitable organisation to help underprivileged children in his home country, to others, he defined the peak of Formula 1 and raced in the sports golden era.
I was 11 years old, at my uncles shop in Southgate north London, it was a beautiful sunny day, the big TV had broke so I was watching the San Marino GP race on a small screen and sitting right in front of it. I remember seeing Ayrton's accident and being completely shocked, as I had never seen a race stopped before & so much chaos afterwards. I hadn't watched the previous 2 days of qualifying so I didn't have any idea of Barrichello or Ratzenberger's accidents. At the age of 11 you don't really understand the gravity of any situation which has an international impact, as the day progressed it was all over the news, then I remember around 7/8 in the evening we were packing up in the shop and the radio was on, his death was announced. No one else really watched F1 and i remember trying to explain to my mum the significance of who Senna was explaining that he was the greatest driver at the time, it was incredibly surreal. That weekend has become more significant and more emotional as the years go by, because as all F1 fans know, that was the weekend the sport changed forever.
So what does Senna mean to me? Well put it this way, 'Senna' would be the name of my first child, if it's a boy of course, something myself and the other half definitely agree on.