Ayrton Senna’s F1 career in pictures

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Marking the opening of the film Senna in the UK, here’s a special gallery looking back on the three-times champion’s F1 career in pictures.

From his first test to his last race – here is the career of Ayrton Senna in pictures.

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Images © Williams/LAT, Honda, Ford, “Senna”, Daimler

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Keith Collantine
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30 comments on “Ayrton Senna’s F1 career in pictures”

    1. You beat me to it.

      Wow indeed.

    2. The Sri Lankan
      6th June 2011, 0:31

      Amazing! can we please get some post f1 pictures of senna? especially his RALT in macau?

      1. The Sri Lankan
        6th June 2011, 0:31

        sorry i meant pre f1

  1. Fantastic! Thank you so much Keith!

  2. absolutely breathtaking

    1. Brilliant

  3. wow, awesome pictures!

  4. Amazing quality! I presume these were old 35mm (or similar) film originally?

  5. 1984: Winning a Mercedes 190E race for F1 drivers at the Nurburgring

    Woah! What was that all about?

    1. This sort of thing really has to be done more often

    2. It was a one-off race held for the opening of the new Nurburgring. Everybody competed with the same car and that was what has made it special for Senna because at that time he was relatively unknown in the higher classes of auto racing. The fact that he managed to beat every world class drivers of that era – including Lauda and Prost – given the same conditions confirmed him as one of the quickest driver of his generation. Besides Monaco 1984 this was the race based on which he has been considered one of the brightest new talents of Formula 1.

      1. He didn’t really beat Prost. Prost took the pole for this race, and Senna pushed him out of the track on the first corner. Prost finished among the last

  6. I can’t begin to imagine how much of a telling off you would get today for catching a lift back with a fellow driver!

  7. Maverick_232
    4th June 2011, 12:20

    Scrolling down to the San Marino shots gave me such a chill.
    So amazing, tears in eyes. Thank you, thank you, thank you. So much!

  8. See, Renault could have kept the yellow livery from last year and still have “been Lotus”! Just change the black writing to blue and hey presto!

    Wonderful pictures.

    1. Douglas 62500
      4th June 2011, 16:58

      lol they couldn’t copy the Honda logos though !!

      1. Because Tony Fernandes would have alrady bought the rights to use them… ;)

  9. Great pics, thanks so much !

  10. Douglas 62500
    4th June 2011, 14:27

    Can’t possibly get better than this collection. Thanks Keith !!

  11. Suberb, absolutley fantasic to see. Magnificent compilation.

  12. Greatness @ his best.

  13. Thank you, thank you, thank you Keith…

  14. Thank you, Keith,

    I was going to tell you at the end of the series how much I enjoyed your daily lead-in photos of Senna. The photos today are magnificent.

  15. Simply the best … better than all the rest.

  16. Like everybody else said, but still worth mentioning: fantastic selection!

  17. Keith, I don’t say this as much as I used to, but you are a LEGEND.

  18. Hussein Alonso
    7th June 2011, 22:38

    Very good photo and Senna Best driver

  19. keith….i have no words to say….
    thank u so much……

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