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Overview (5)

Born in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Died in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy  (auto racing accident)
Birth NameAyrton Senna da Silva
Nicknames Beco
Magic Senna
O Chefe
Rei da Chuva
O Rei de Mônaco
Silvastone
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Ayrton Senna da Silva was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil to a wealthy family. When he was four years old his father Milton bought him a go-kart, and by age eight Ayrton was regularly competing in karting events. His career progressed quickly, and in 1982 he moved to England to pursue his racing. In 1984 he came to the attention of the whole world by racing in Formula One. Over the next ten years he won the World Championship three times and engaged in some controversial racing with France's Alain Prost and England's Nigel Mansell. Ayrton Senna was killed on 1 May 1994 in a race at the San Marino Grand Prix when his car, which had been beset with problems the entire season, inexplicably left the track and crashed into the concrete barrier. His was the last death in Formula One due to the major safety reforms that the tragic weekend at Imola had brought about. He was voted by over two hundred of his fellow Formula One drivers as the best driver of all time in a 2010 poll. Senna was also a humanitarian who discreetly donated millions to help those less fortunate in his native country.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: AC

Ayrton Senna da Silva was a Brazilian Formula One driver, three times world champion, in the years 1988, 1990 and 1991. He was also runner-up in the controversial championship of 1989 and 1993. His death, as well as the funeral and wake, provoked one of the biggest commotions in the history of Brazil, as well as worldwide repercussion. It is considered in surveys done with specialist journalists, drivers and fans as the best driver in Formula One history at all times. In 2012, he was voted by the "BBC" network the best driver of all time. In 1999, he was elected by "Isto É" magazine, the twentieth-century sportsman in Brazil. He is also reputed to be one of the greatest sportsmen in the world in the 20th century. At the height of his career, he was considered, according to research, as the greatest idol in Brazil. Even after two decades of his death, "Datafolha's" research showed that Senna continues to be rated as the country's greatest idol.

His life, career and legacy have received numerous decorations and honors, both in life and posthumously. Among them we can mention: "Degree of Grand Cross" of the "Order of Judicial Labor Merit" in a posthumous tribute of August 1994, the "National Order of Merit" - "Grand Cross Degree" (Posthumous) in 1994, "Ipiranga Order" in the "Degree of Grand Cross" in a posthumous tribute of 1994, Medal of the "Order of the Sports Merit" conferred in 1990, "Medal of the Order of Aeronautical Merit" in the "Degree of Knight" in 1993, and the "Commendation of the Order of Rio Branco" of the Presidency of the Republic on February 14, 1992.

He was also awarded the title of "Tatuiano Citizen" of the "City Council of Tatuí", city of the interior of São Paulo, on February 17, 1990, title of "Jaguar" of the "Brazilian Air Force" in 1988, title of "Meritorious of the State of Rio de January " in 1988, and the "Santos-Dumont Medal of Merit" granted in 1987. In 1991, shortly after the conquest of the third Formula 1 World Championship, Ayrton Senna received from the then mayor of São Paulo, Luiza Erundina, the "Key to the City ". Before, the jet in which he returned to Brazil is escorted by "FAB" fighters aircraft.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: heldergfernandes

Spouse (1)

Lilian de Vasconcellos Sousa (February 1981 - 1981) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

Raced in a bright yellow and green crash helmet
The crash helmet had the main colors of the Brazilian flag
Senninha
Instituto Ayrton Senna
Senna

Trivia (135)

Born at 2:45 p.m.
Ayrton Senna was one of the most important pilots of Fórmula 1 of all the times.
Formula 1 Champion in 1988, 1990 and 1991.
Raced for Toleman (1984), Lotus (1985-1987), McLaren (1988-1993) and Williams (1994).
Although in Formula One Grand Prix wins he was behind his chief rival Alain Prost, at the time of his death he had achieved 65 Pole Positions, one short of twice as many as Prost and the other second place holder, Jim Clark, who had 33 each. Michael Schumacher took 12 years to beat Senna's record, recording his 66th pole position, ironically, at the San Marino Grand Prix in 2006.
Died in a Bologna hospital from severe head injuries resulting from a crash on Imola's famous Tamburello bend.
Many experts were convinced that the cause must have been mechanical failure: Senna could not have lost control of his vehicle for any other reason. An inquiry concluded that the accident was caused by a snapped steering column. As a result, manslaughter charges were brought against six members of Senna's Williams racing team. However, all of them were eventually acquitted, and in 1997 the prosecutor's appeal was rejected.
First win race in Formula One: Portugal (1985)
He always had a Brazilian flag hidden in his car in the case he won the race. At the time of his death he had an Austrian flag in his car to commemorate a fellow race car driver Roland Ratzenberger of Austria, who was killed on the same track the day before in a car crash as well.
Had his look-alike puppet in the French show Les Guignols de l'info (1988).
Held the record of most pole positions in Formula One with 65 of them. Since his first in pole position in June 1985 until his tragic death on the 1st of May in 1994, he had earned altogether 65 pole positions. Eventually he was overtaken - more than a decade later - by Michael Schumacher in April 2006, but his record for pole positions remained to be the hardest one to overtake during the time of modern tracks.
Younger brother of Viviane Senna and older brother of Leonardo Senna.
Son of Neyde Senna and Milton Theodoro Silva.
His last girlfriend was Adriane Galisteu.
F1 Racing Magazine voted him the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time in 2004.
Teammates in Formula One were: Johnny Cecotto, Stefan Johansson, Elio De Angelis, Johnny Dumfries, Satoru Nakajima, Alain Prost, Gerhard Berger, Michael Andretti, Mika Häkkinen and Damon Hill.
1988-1990: Boyfriend of Brazilian TV presenter Xuxa.
Voted athlete of the century in Brazil in 1999 by the magazine "Isto É".
Voted the best driver in the history of Formula 1 in 2012 by the "BBC".
Depicted in the animation "Tooned: The Ayrton Senna Story".
Salary: -1989 - 8 million dollars (5th overall and 1st among drivers) -1990 - 10 million dollars (4th overall and 1st among drivers) -1991 - 13 million dollars (5th overall and 1st among drivers) -1992 - 22 million dollars (3rd overall and 1st among drivers) -1993 - 18.5 million dollars (3rd overall and 1st among drivers) -1994 - 20 million dollars (2nd overall and 1st among drivers).
In November 2017, a musical entitled "Ayrton Senna, O Musical" was premiered in Rio de Janeiro.
He spoke four languages; besides Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian.
"Senna In Concert" held on March 20, 2004 in São Paulo at Pacaembu Stadium.
Wax statue at the Madame Tussauds museum in Tokyo, London and Berlin.
Miniature allusive to the animated film Cars 3, of Disney Pixar, in honor of Ayrton Senna. The miniature features the colors used in the driver helmet, as well as the reproduction of his signature.
On March 21, 2014, Google honored Senna with a "Doodle" commemorating the date of his birth.
Senna is the main character in the work of Bernard Chambaz, French writer. The work, a biographical novel entitled "À Tombeau Ouvert", or "Open Tomb", was launched in 2016.
The Finnish company Rovio, creator of the Angry Birds games series, partners with the Ayrton Senna Institute to honor Ayrton Senna in the racing game "Angry Birds Go!" A character titled "Senna Bird", released on July 2, 2015, will be part of the company's racing game, with just one update to make the character available.
A star of the constellation Auriga receives the name of "Senna" by the International Star Registry.
Prize of the French newspaper "L'Équipe" (Champion of Champions) - 1990.
"Ayrton Senna da Silva" Avenue in Quinta do Lago, Portugal.
Name of subway station of "line 1" in São Paulo (Jardim São Paulo-Ayrton Senna).
Street in the town of Reading, England, under the name "Ayrton Senna Road", in addition to a children's play area called "Ayrton Senna Play Area".
British musician Chris Rea composed in 1994 a song in honor of the racing driver, named: "Saudade Part 1 and 2".
Government of Monaco has launched over the years, some stamps in honor of the Brazilian racing driver.
Street in the city of Hockenheim, Germany, with the name "Ayrton-Senna-Straße".
"Order of Rio Branco" of the Brazilian government on February 14, 1992.
Song composed by Paolo Montevecchi and recorded by Lucio Dalla named "Ayrton" of 1996 included in the album "Canzoni".
Latin American "Sportsman of the Year" (Associated Press) - 1990, 1991.
On tour in Brazil in 1994, the punk-rock band Ramones, dedicated a tour to Ayrton Senna.
To remember the 20 years of Ayrton Senna's death, in 2014 the Maldives Islands launched a series of stamps in honor of the Brazilian.
In 1996, Ayrton was honored in Liberia with two commemorative coins of 10 and 100 Liberian dollars in silver and pure gold, respectively.
The Central African Republic launched in 2014 stamps in honor of the three-time Formula 1 world champion.
The government of the British Virgin Islands launched in 2014 a $1 banknote in honor of Ayrton with Queen Elizabeth II appearing on the back of the note.
Memorial in "Spa-Francorchamps", Belgium.
Equatorial Guinea made in 1995 a tribute to Senna by putting a stamp on his memory.
Togo honored the Brazilian driver with stamps reminding the 20 years of the death of the idol.
Monument in the "Catalunya Circuit", Spain.
The world's most famous Brazilian heavy metal band, Sepultura, dedicated the album Roots, released in 1996, to Ayrton Senna.
Relay Marathon - "Ayrton Senna Racing Day" - held in São Paulo since 2004.
Released in 2014 a comic by the publisher "Nemo" entitled "Ayrton Senna: The Trajectory of a Myth.".
Ayrton Senna was included in the "Book of Records" for having achieved more consecutive pole positions. Eight consecutive races starting in the first place, from the "Spanish Grand Prix of 1988" to the "United States Grand Prix of 1989".
In 2013 he was chosen to join the "Hall of Fame" of the British newspaper "Daily Mail", along with names like Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, among others. He was the first Brazilian and racing driver to be included.
Included in the "International Motorsports Hall of Fame" in 2000.
Member of the "FIA Hall of Fame", created in 2017 with headquarters in Paris.
The Brazilian airline "Azul", honors Senna with a painting on the nose of the plane of a helmet in the colors yellow, blue, green and white, just like the helmet of the driver. Already the body of the two engines of the aircraft received the seal "Ayrton Senna Sempre" (Ayrton Senna Forever).
"São Paulo Fire Department" pays tribute to the three-time world champion, in 1995, with the corporation's helmet in allusion to the helmet worn by the Brazilian in yellow color. The driver is also declared an "Honorary Firefighter" of the corporation.
"Senna Truck," a truck with paint like the helmet used by the Brazilian in his Formula 1 career, markets the official products of the "Ayrton Senna store" in several countries.
Included in the "Hall of Fame" of the "Commission Internationale de Karting".
In 2011, Apple Inc. Vice President Phil Schiller praised the 2010 documentary about the racing driver and calls himself a fan of Senna.
In May 2006, the Japanese TV network Nippon TV conducted a survey among the people of that country to elect the 100 greatest personalities in the world at all times, Ayrton Senna reached the 22nd position, being the only Brazilian remembered. In January 2007, the station returned to conduct a survey, now on "the greatest geniuses", and this time Senna reached the 7th position.
Ayrton Senna's helmet was elected in 2015 by British magazine "Autosport" as the most famous of all time.
Article published by the Spanish newspaper "As" in 2013 reveals Senna as one of Brazil's largest references abroad.
In 2012 he was among the 6 most important Brazilians in the country's history in the special "The Greatest Brazilian of All Times" by television network "SBT".
In the live broadcast of Nascar's "Winston 500" race, the news of his death is highlighted, as well as a tribute paid to the Brazilian driver.
Research conducted in 2015 in 194 countries by the "Grand Prix Drivers Association" and the site "Motorsport.com" elected Senna the best driver of all time. The result revealed that most of the people questioned were from Britain, followed by the French, with the Germans appearing in fifth place and Brazilians only in tenth.
In 2014 a survey conducted by the institute "Datafolha" shows that Ayrton Senna is the biggest idol in the Brazilian sport with 47% of the votes, followed by Pelé with 23%.
In 2014 a survey by the research institute "Ibope" shows that Ayrton Senna is also a great idol in great European powers. Senna obtained approval of 73.38% in Spain, 79.88% in Italy and 63.83% in the United Kingdom.
Best driver of Formula 1 in poll on the site of the Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera".
On December 1, 1991, Ayrton inaugurated a kart track on his farm in the city of Tatuí, in the interior of São Paulo. The inauguration was attended by national and international press and Brazilian artists.
Senna saved the life of a driver in the middle of the track in Formula 1. The fact occurred in the free practice for the "Belgian GP" of 1992. Senna stopped his McLaren to be the first to meet "Érik Comas". The car leaked fuel and could explode at any moment, at that moment the Frenchman was fainted. Senna switched off the engine, avoiding even more serious consequences.
Although there is no precise number, it is estimated that more than one hundred biographical works have been released on the Brazilian racing driver in several languages.
In the kart, Ayrton was São Paulo state, Brazilian and South American champion on several occasions. In addition to twice runner-up world go-kart.
McLaren Senna, "McLaren Automotive" sports car, will be launched at the "Geneva International Motor Show" on March 6, 2018.
On October 20, 1991, Ayrton becomes three-time champion of the world! Senna made the McLaren double with Gerhard Berger at the "Japanese GP". Curious about this race of the season was the fact that Ayrton Senna handed the victory to his friend Berger.
National and international credit card from Itaú (Itaucard) of the "Ayrton Senna Institute" with the image of the Brazilian driver.
Several telephone cards produced by "Telebrás" (Brazilian telecommunications) were launched to honor Ayrton Senna after his death. Other countries, such as Japan, also honored the racing driver with phone cards alluding to the three-time world champion.
Ayrton competed in 229 races in all class, except Kart, got 90 wins, 139 podiums, 97 pole positions and 66 fastest laps.
Action Figure released by "Iron Studios" in 2016 called "Ayrton Senna Live Legend" in a limited edition of two thousand pieces. The figure was based on Ayrton Senna at the "1993 Brazilian Grand Prix".
On May 12, 1984, the Brazilian racing driver won the "Nurburgring Race of Champions" driving a "Mercedes 190 E". This race was attended by several world champions.
On February 22, 1994, the character Senninha is officially launched in Brazil. The comic magazine was named "Senninha e sua Turma".
On July 19, 1983, Ayrton performed his first test in a "Formula 1" car driving a Williams at "Donington Park" and set the circuit record for cars with aspirated engines.
In 2015 the "Canal Brasil" exhibited a biographical miniseries of Ayrton Senna in 10 episodes. Subsequently the miniseries was adapted and released in documentary format.
Several video games were released in honor of Senna, among them "Ayrton Senna Pole Position" and "Super Monaco GP II".
"Ayrton Senna, the Musical" premiered in São Paulo on March 16, 2018 at the "Sérgio Cardoso Theater".
A series of four watches entitled "Senna Collection", produced by "Tag Heuer" under the avant-garde brand, was launched in 2015.
Various conspiracy theories about his death were being created over the years, such as that he would have been shot.
On March 29, 2018 in the city of Pavia, Italy, a theatrical play in homage to the Brazilian called "Io Beco" (I am Beco), will premiere at the "Teatro Fraschini".
The motorcycle "Panigale S Senna" was created especially to commemorate the 20 years of legacy of the racing driver in 2014. Manufactured by "Ducati" and had only 161 units, number that made reference to the total of disputed races by the driver in Formula 1.
In 1978, Ayrton achieved a record within kart, four victories in one day. The feat happened in Uberlândia in the inauguration of the kart track of the city. They were two victories by class 100cc and two victories by 125cc. Of the four victories, the one that most attracted the attention was the one of the second stage, in which he left in 18º and won with only nine laps. Senna also broke the track record so far with the ''1min08s36" mark on the 1,200-meter track.
Soon after the first world title, Senna participated in the special of Roberto Carlos on "TV Globo" affirming that in the last laps of the "1988 Japan Grand Prix", which assured him the title with a victory, he had a vision of what he thought to be God.
The first official win for ''Beco'' took place on his first official kart race in July 1973, when Ayrton was 13. This fact took place in the ''Kartódromo de Interlagos'', which today bears the name of "Kartódromo Ayrton Senna".
During the official practice of the "1988 Monaco Grand Prix", Ayrton took pole position with a 1s427 lead to Alain Prost. In training, according to the Brazilian, he was driving in another dimension and that in a way, was not fully aware of what was happening.
"Ayrton Senna, O Musical" was filmed on April 5, 2018 to be screened in more than 70 movie theaters in Brazil for a limited time beginning May 1 of that year.
Ayrton was responsible for bringing the "Audi" car brand to Brazil in 1994. The contract was signed at the end of 1993 in Germany.
Ayrton was a helicopter pilot and took his certification in 1993.
One of the Senna main hobbies was aeromodelling.
In 1992 he won the "Graham Hill Trophy" for having won his fifth win at the "Monaco Grand Prix" in Monte Carlo.
The "Senna" brand, created in 1990, earned in 2013 between 600 million and 1 billion reais (Brazilian currency).
In 2017 was released a figure reminiscent of the 30 years of Senna's first victory in the "Monaco Grand Prix". The piece, created by "Iron Studios" with cooperation of "Classic Team Lotus", shows the Brazilian in his yellow overalls holding his helmet.
"Allianz Brasil" TV commercial in its honor shown in 2015.
"Gillette" TV commercial honored Ayrton in 2013.
"Nike" TV commercial shown before the start of the "2014 Fifa World Cup" in Brazil with the voice of Ayrton in support of Brazilian players.
In 2012 the Italian company "De'Longhi" launched a collection of four coffee machines inspired by Ayrton Senna. The machines depict the colors of the yellow Lotus used by Ayrton in the "1987 Formula 1 season".
Ayrton was honored in stamps in three opportunities by the postal service of Brazil; 1989, 1994 and 2000.
Partnership between the "Ayrton Senna Institute" and the São Paulo subway, present the exhibition "The Legacy of an Idol" in some subway stations between August 10 and October 31, 2018.
A seven-meter monument at "Barra da Tijuca", in the city of Rio de Janeiro, opened in April 1995 in honor of Ayrton. The work is by the artist Mazeredo and is located in the dividing bed of the tracks of the "Ayrton Senna Avenue".
Launching in December 2018 the watch "Carrera Caliber Heuer 02T" in a special edition by "Tag Heuer" in honor of Ayrton Senna.
The official "2019 Formula One game" will feature a special edition with Ayrton Senna remembering of their rivalry with Alain Prost.
Homage of the "Brazilian Air Force" made in 2019. A "Mirage 2000C" was customized based on the famous painting of the three-time world champion's helmet.
The name of the son of Brigitte Nielsen with Raoul Meyer born in 1995 - Raoul Ayrton Meyer Jr - was a homage of Raoul Meyer, friend of Ayrton, to the Brazilian racing driver.
"Senna Day Festival" was a event held on May 1, 2019, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Ayrton legacy, which received about 15,000 people at the "Interlagos race track". The festival included musical attractions, sports activities, exhibitions, races, children's activities and motor racing.
"Ayrton Mágico" is a exhibition held at "Enzo and Dino Ferrari race track", Imola, Italy at the "Checco Costa museum" from April 10 to November 30, 2019.
"Ayrton Day" was a event held at "Enzo e Dino Ferrari race track", Imola, Italy on May 1, 2019.
In 1991 he received the title of honorary citizen of Rio de Janeiro granted by the "Legislative Assembly" of the state.
In 1985 a research by the Italian magazine "Autosprint", chose Ayrton Senna as the best and most popular driver of the Formula 1 season.
In 1999, it was the intention of the Austrian composer Roland Baumgartner, to make a musical in honor of Ayrton with Antonio Banderas playing the role of the racing driver, but the project was canceled. Later, in 2018, Roland released an album with three compositions that would be used in the musical.
In 1984 was elected the rookie of the season of Formula 1, according to specialized magazines.
In 1985 Senna received the Trophy "Piaggio Vespa" Pole Position assigned to the fastest driver of the season that year.
Champion of the seasons of 1990 and 1991 of the Formula 1, even with lower equipment regarding Ferrari and Williams, respectively.
The figure skater Sena Miyake was named after Ayrton Senna. He has already honored the three-time world champion in a uniform inspired by the McLaren-era jumpsuit.
Tribute made by the Brazilian Navy through the "School Ship Brazil", which will make a voyage through 15 countries and through 18 ports around the world, telling a little of Ayrton Senna's story.
A study by the "Boston Consulting Group" in 2015 showed that the Senna brand, in terms of licensed products, has the same potential as active athletes, such as tennis player Roger Federer, and some of the top names in sports more popular than motorsport, such as basketball, in this case, former player Michael Jordan.
Its influence on Brazilian society led to a growth of children named Ayrton in the 1990s compared to the 1980s, by 269%. The name "Airton" also grew in the same decade.
Mural at the "Enzo e Dino Ferrari Race Track" in Imola, Italy, by Eduardo Kobra, opens in September 2019.
Ayrton Senna's first world title in 1988 is considered the sporting fact of the year in Latin America, according to the Associated Press.
Between November and December 2019 an exhibition was held in honor of the Brazilian racing driver at the "Palácio Tangará" (Tangara Palace) in the city of São Paulo. The exhibition features 15 paintings by Sami Akl, as well as items from the racing driver career.
"Senna Tribute" took thousands of people to the "Ibirapuera Park" in Sao Paulo on November 9, 2019. The event was hosted by Heineken and was part of the "Obrigado Senna" (Thanks Senna) campaign.
The label "Mongrip" launched on December 6, 2019, a bracelet on the ''Automobile Club of Monaco'' in partnership with the brand ''Senna''. The piece is made with strips of the tire used by McLaren drived by Ayrton to win at "Donington Park" at the "1993 European Grand Prix".
A four-meter statue to honor the racing driver was inaugurated on December 18, 2019 at the "Tietê Ecological Park" in São Paulo.
Statue in his honor in the city of Poá in the "São Paulo Metropolitan Area".
Bus station with its name in the city of Poá in the "São Paulo Metropolitan Area".
Bus station with its name in the city of Franca in the state of São Paulo.
Mural named after Ayrton on a central avenue in downtown Phoenix, United States.

Personal Quotes (6)

Racing, competing, is in my blood. It's part of me. It's part of my life.
There are no small accidents on this circuit" - talking about the race at Imola circuit [30 April 1994]
If I have achieved what I have, and managed to do everything I did, it is largely due to having had the chance to grow up well in a family environment, living decently with no economic problems, and being guided towards the right road at decisive points in my life.
I'm very privileged. I've always had a very good life. But everything that I've gotten out of life was obtained through dedication and a tremendous desire to achieve my goals. I had a great desire for victory, meaning victory in life, not as a driver. To all of you who have experienced this or are searching now, let me say that whoever you may be in your life, whether you're at the highest or the most modest level, you must show great strength and determination, and do everything with love and with a deep belief in God. One day you'll achieve your aim and you'll be successful.
I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.
Emotion, pleasure and challenge. - when asked about what he felt at 300 km/h

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