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Ayrton Senna
Ayrton Senna 1988
Senna at the 1988 Canadian Grand Prix

Nationality

Brazilian

Born

21 March 1960

Died

1 May 1994 (aged 34)

Formula One World Championship career

Active years

1984-1994

Teams

Toleman, Lotus, McLaren, Williams

Races

162 (161 starts)

Championships

3 (1988, 1990, 1991)

Wins

41

Podiums

80

Career points

610 (614)

Pole positions

65

Fastest laps

19

Ayrton Senna da Silva (21 March 1960 - 1 May 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver who won three Formula One world championships. He was killed in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Senna began his motorsport career in karting, moving up to open-wheel racing in 1981, and winning the British Formula 3 championship in 1983. He made his Formula One debut in 1984 with Toleman-Hart before moving to Lotus-Renault the following year and winning six Grands Prix over the next three seasons. In 1988, he joined Frenchman Alain Prost at McLaren-Honda. Between them, they won all but one of the 16 Grands Prix that year and Senna claimed his first World Championship. Prost claimed the championship in 1989, and Senna earned his second and third championships in 1990 and 1991. In 1992, the Williams-Renault combination began to dominate Formula One. Senna nonetheless managed to finish the 1993 season as runner-up, winning five races and negotiating a move to Williams in 1994.

Senna has been voted the best driver of all time in various motorsport polls. He was recognised for his qualifying over one lap and from 1989 until 2006 held the record for most pole positions. He was also acclaimed for his wet weather performances, such as the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, the 1985 Portugese Grand Prix, and the 1993 European Grand Prix. He holds a record six victories at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix, and is the third most successful driver of all time in terms of race wins. Senna sparked controversy throughout his career, mainly during his turbulent rivalry with Alain Prost. Both the 1989 Championship won by Prost and the 1990 Championship won by Senna were decided between the pair at those years' Japanese Grands Prix.

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