ON THIS DAY – 1994: Ayrton Senna’s fatal crash at Imola

FORMULA ONE – Ayrton Senna was born 21 March, 1960. When he was 14 years old he began his motorsport career in karting. He made his Formula One debut in 1984. He  won the World Championship in 1988, 1990, 1991 and he recorded 41 Grand Prix victories. His 1994 season got off to a disappointing start, leaving him yearning for rehabilitation. The third race was coming and he started in pole position. In lap 7 it all went wrong as he flew out of curve. He died in that race at San Marino on 1 May 1994. 

Did you know? Fatalities in Formula 1 were not uncommon until that fateful year. However, when this sport was deprived of one of its genuine role models, safety regulations were intensified. Since the death of Ayrton Senna 18 years ago, there have been no fatal accidents in Formula One.


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