Alex, like you, I tried to resist to this thread.
Seriously, your comments brought tears to my eyes. I don't wanna sound like a wimp, but hey, it's true. Besides, Senna was my idol
I still remember the day he died too. When TV started showing the crash, I thought "WTF has just happened? He went straight into that wall". At ~300Km/h, I knew it couldn't have been anything "superficial", but I couldn't believe it when they announced he was dead...
I gotta be honest. I don't like Schumacher too much... He's a GREAT driver, but I think he lacks charisma (like that's important in F1 these days).
Even Prost used to say that he witnessed Senna doing $hit he had never seen any other driver do before. Specially in the rain... Nobody, I mean, nobody could handle rain better than Senna. I watched an interview and Senna said the reason why he felt so comfortable driving in the rain had to do with the fact that he used to train every day after school when he was a kid, and it rains a LOT in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is entirely true. So, as he grew up, driving in the rain was just as easy as driving on dry pavement... Actually, if I remember right. The first F1 race he won back in 84 was under severe rain. He used to drive that yellow Lotus back then...
I visited his grave in Sao Paulo a few years ago... It was an honor to visit the grave of such a GREAT driver, but above all, a GREAT human being...
Alex Baumann said:
Aaahh! That brings some memories back.
I tried to skip this thread but couldn't resist to post.
Ayrton Senna da Silva, was for me the greatest driver ever. As a long time F1 fan, I had the greatest luck to see him on the circuit many times in Italy,Germany,Belgium.
It's true Magna, I have never watched another driver who drove his car on the limit in the race, no not even M.Schumacher is doing it today.
What a day....... May 1, 1994, I was at Imola, arrived Italy a few days before the race and spent some time in Bologna (next big city)
The last time I saw him, he was in front of M.Schumacher, passed our tribune along with other cars. And we never saw him again... never. We didn't quite understand how severe his injury was as they announced the crash.
I was totally shocked as I heard of his death. You could see crying people on the streets of Imola and all TV channels were broadcasting the race live.
I never believed that Senna was dead and still hurts to remember...
I want to close my post with his own words..
"Racing, competing is in my blood. It's part of me, it's part of my life"