May 1st 1994: Senna dies

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Ayrton Senna (1960 – 1994)

 

On this day in 1994 the Brazilian racing driver and Formula One champion Ayrton Senna was killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix; he was 34 years old. Often considered one of the greatest drivers of all time, Senna won the Formula One World Championships three times.

 

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Senna being treated by the medical team after his crash

 

He died hours after his accident during a race when his car left the track and hit a concrete wall at around 145mph. Senna is the last Formula One driver to die during a race, and is still considered one of the greats.

 

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Senna’s grave

 

20 years ago today

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