|Ayrton Senna Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||March 21, 1960|
|Date of Death||May 1, 1994|
Ayrton Senna was a legendary Brazilian race car driver who is perhaps considered to be one of the best racers to date and also an inspiration to many well-known racers like Robin Frijns and Felipe Massa. However, Ayrton met with his demise during an unforeseen accident that shocked millions of fans around the world and hence, brought a tragic end to his career and life in 1994.
Ayrton Senna da Silva
Beco, Magic Senna
Ayrton was born on March 21, 1960.
Ayrton died on May 1, 1994, at the age of 34, at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy due to severe brain injury and other complications.
São Paulo, Brazil
He studied at St. Louis College, São Paulo. Ayrton graduated from the Colégio Rio Branco in 1977.
Thereafter, he had enrolled at a college for a short period of 3 months to study Business Administration from where he decided to drop out.
Former Professional Racecar Driver
- Father – Milton da Silva (Factory Owner, Land Owner)
- Mother – Neide Senna da Silva
- Siblings – Viviane Senna (Older Sister) (Entrepreneur, Philanthropist), Leonardo (Younger Brother)
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Senna’s named had been linked with –
- Lilian de Vasconcelos Souza (1981-1982)
- Adriane Yamin (1985-1988)
- Maria da Graça Meneghel (1988-1990)
- Christine Ferracciu (1990,1991)
- Carol Alt (1990-1994)
- Marjorie Andrade
- Elle Macpherson
- Adriane Kelemen Galisteu Iódice
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (White and Latino)
He was half Italian and half Brazilian, Portuguese, and Spanish ancestry.
- Curly hair
- Cheerful smile
Ayrton had appeared in the commercials for various brands such as –
- Honda Shell
- Ford Escort
- Banco Nacional
- Honda Prelude
- John Player Special
- Governo Federal (Brasil X AIDS)
Ayrton Senna Favorite Things
- Food – Beefsteak and rice, beans and french-fries
- Pasta – Tagliarini, Spaghetti
- Singer – Madonna
- Bike Brand – Ducatti
- Hobby – Aeromodelling
Source – AyrtonSenna.com
Ayrton Senna Facts
- He was born at the Pro-Matre Maternity Hospital in Santana.
- He was very fond of listening to music by artists like Michael Jackson and Tina Turner.
- Ayrton had a wealthy and prosperous upbringing.
- The initial 4 years of his life were spent at the Avenida Aviador Guilherme with Avenida Gil Santos Dumont.
- Ayrton was 3 years old when he faced trouble climbing up the stairs and also poor motor coordination. However, an electroencephalogram revealed that he was perfectly fine.
- He was only 4 years old when his passion for cars and bikes took its course.
- As a child, he was also very good at various sports and gymnastics.
- His nickname “Beco” was given to him by his parents.
- Ayrton was only 7 years when he started learning to drive a jeep at his family farm.
- The first Kart that he ever raced was the one that was built by his father from their 1-HP lawnmower engine.
- Senna was a 3 time “Formula One World Drivers’ Championship” winner.
- He had raced for a number of prominent racing teams including Toleman, Lotus, McLaren, and Williams.
- Ayron strongly believed in the teachings of the Bible and was a Catholic.
- Besides being a legendary racer, Ayrton was also a philanthropist who helped people in every possible way. In the past, he also started the Instituto Ayrton Senna in order to help educate Brazilian children shortly before his demise.
- Autocourse‘s editor placed Senna at there No.1 driver of the year list on 3 different years and runner up on 5 others.
- He owned a number of houses within Portugal and Brazil including in places like Tatuí, Brazil and Algarve, Portugal.
- The few things that he really enjoyed doing besides driving were running, waterskiing, jet-skiing, paddle boarding, boating, fishing, and riding his favorite Ducati motorbikes.
- He was the proud owner of “British Aerospace 125” and helicopter.
- Senna and his fellow racer Gerhard Berger were on very good terms with one another.
- Just one day before Ayrton died, Austrian racer Roland Ratzenberger crashed in a barrier at high speed and died on the spot on the same track that Ayrton raced the next day.
- On May 1, 1994, Ayrton lost his life while trying to retain his lead from former German race car driver Michael Schumacher and entered into the Tamburello corner on lap 7, at a speed of 191 mph. Hence, losing control, Ayrton failed to make the turn and instead crashed into a concrete barrier after dropping his speed to a speed of 145 mph. The impact was so devastating that he sustained fatal injuries to his head, which eventually took his life while in hospital at 14:17 pm (According to Italian law).
Featured Image By Instituto Ayrton Senna / Wikimedia / CC BY 2.0