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Wikipedia Summary for Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna da Silva (Brazilian Portuguese: [aˈiʁtõ ˈsẽnɐ dɐ ˈsiwvɐ] (listen); 21 March 1960 – 1 May 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver who won the Formula One World Drivers' Championship in 1988, 1990 and 1991. Senna is one of three Formula One drivers from Brazil to win the World Championship and won 41 Grands Prix and 65 pole positions, with the latter being the record until 2006. He died in an accident leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix driving for the Williams team.

Senna began his motorsport career in karting, moved up to open-wheel racing in 1981 and won the 1983 British Formula Three Championship. He made his Formula One debut with Toleman-Hart in 1984, before moving to Lotus-Renault the following year and winning six Grands Prix over the next three seasons. In 1988, he joined Frenchman Alain Prost at McLaren-Honda. Between them, they won all but one of the 16 Grands Prix that year, and Senna claimed his first World Championship. Prost claimed the championship in 1989, and Senna his second and third championships in 1990 and 1991. In 1992, the Williams-Renault combination began to dominate Formula One. Senna nonetheless managed to finish the 1993 season as runner-up, winning five races and negotiating a move to Williams in 1994.

Senna was recognised for his qualifying speed over one lap, and from 1989 until 2006 he held the record for most pole positions. He was also acclaimed for his wet weather performances, such as the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix, and the 1993 European Grand Prix. He holds a record six victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, is the fifth-most successful driver of all time in terms of race wins and has won more races for McLaren than any other driver. Senna courted controversy throughout his career, particularly during his turbulent rivalry with Prost. In the Japanese Grands Prix of 1989 and 1990, each of which decided the championship of that year, collisions between Senna and Prost determined the eventual winner.



Quote: It's important that the drivers stay together, because in difficult moments we have each other. If we are not together the financial and political interests of the organisers and constructors come to the fore. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

It's important that the drivers stay together, because in difficult moments we have each other. If we are not together the financial and political interests of the organisers and constructors come to the fore.


Quote: I believe that we start to see our true personalities when we go through the most difficult moments. This is when we get stronger. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

I believe that we start to see our true personalities when we go through the most difficult moments. This is when we get stronger.




Quote: Just because I believe in God, just because I have faith in God, it doesn't mean that I'm immune. It doesn't mean that I'm immortal. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Just because I believe in God, just because I have faith in God, it doesn't mean that I'm immune. It doesn't mean that I'm immortal.






Quote: Once you are in it you are in it, you have to go all the way to the end because you commit yourself to such a level where there is no compromise. You give everything you have absolutely everything. Sometimes you find even more because you require more if you want to stay ahead and you want to win. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of Ayrton Senna quote: Once you are in it you are in it, you have to go all the way to the end because you commit yourself to such a level where there is no compromise. You give everything you have absolutely everything. Sometimes you find even more because you require more if you want to stay ahead and you want to win.- black text on quotes background

Once you are in it you are in it, you have to go all the way to the end because you commit yourself to such a level where there is no compromise. You give everything you have absolutely everything. Sometimes you find even more because you require more if you want to stay ahead and you want to win.


Quote: You commit yourself to such a level where there is no compromise. You give everything you have, everything, absolutely everything. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

You commit yourself to such a level where there is no compromise. You give everything you have, everything, absolutely everything.


Quote: If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver.


Quote: As soon as you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

As soon as you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.


Quote: If a person has no dreams, they no longer have any reason to live. Dreaming is necessary, although in the dream reality should be glimpsed. For me this is a principle of life. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

If a person has no dreams, they no longer have any reason to live. Dreaming is necessary, although in the dream reality should be glimpsed. For me this is a principle of life.


Quote: Whoever you are, no matter what social position you have, rich or poor, always show great strength and determination, and always do everything with much love and deep faith in God. One day

 you will reach your goal. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Whoever you are, no matter what social position you have, rich or poor, always show great strength and determination, and always do everything with much love and deep faith in God. One day

you will reach your goal.


Quote: Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than others. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than others.


Quote: I am not designed to come second
or third, I am designed
to win. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

I am not designed to come second
or third, I am designed
to win.


Quote: I cannot live on an island of prosperity when I'm surrounded by a sea of misery. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

I cannot live on an island of prosperity when I'm surrounded by a sea of misery.


Quote: I want to live fully, very intensely. I would never want to live partially, suffering from illness or injury. If I ever happen to have an accident that eventually costs my life, I hope it happens in one instant. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

I want to live fully, very intensely. I would never want to live partially, suffering from illness or injury. If I ever happen to have an accident that eventually costs my life, I hope it happens in one instant.


Quote: If you think I'm fast, just wait until you see my nephew Bruno. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

If you think I'm fast, just wait until you see my nephew Bruno.


Quote: You either commit yourself as a professional racing driver that's designed to win races or you come second or you come third or fifth and am not design to come third, fourth or fifth, I? race to win. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

You either commit yourself as a professional racing driver that's designed to win races or you come second or you come third or fifth and am not design to come third, fourth or fifth, I? race to win.


Quote: With regard to performance, commitment, effort, dedication, there is no middle ground. Or you do something very well or not at all. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

With regard to performance, commitment, effort, dedication, there is no middle ground. Or you do something very well or not at all.


Quote: I believe if you are doing something like competing, like motor racing, you either do well or forget it. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

I believe if you are doing something like competing, like motor racing, you either do well or forget it.


Quote: By being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing, we are competing to win. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

By being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing, we are competing to win.


Quote: It's going to be a season with lots of accidents, and I'll risk saying that we'll be lucky if something really serious doesn't happen. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

It's going to be a season with lots of accidents, and I'll risk saying that we'll be lucky if something really serious doesn't happen.


Quote: Of course there are moments that you wonder how long you should be doing it because there are other aspects which are not nice, of this lifestyle. But I just love winning. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Of course there are moments that you wonder how long you should be doing it because there are other aspects which are not nice, of this lifestyle. But I just love winning.


Quote: These things bring you to reality as to how fragile you are; at the same moment you are doing something that nobody else is able to do. The same moment that you are seen as the best, the fastest and somebody that cannot be touched, you are enormously fragile. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

These things bring you to reality as to how fragile you are; at the same moment you are doing something that nobody else is able to do. The same moment that you are seen as the best, the fastest and somebody that cannot be touched, you are enormously fragile.


Quote: Because I believe in God and have faith in God, it doesn't mean I am immortal. It doesn't mean I am immune, as has been claimed. I am as scared as anyone of getting hurt, especially driving a Formula One car. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Because I believe in God and have faith in God, it doesn't mean I am immortal. It doesn't mean I am immune, as has been claimed. I am as scared as anyone of getting hurt, especially driving a Formula One car.


Quote: Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.


Quote: I was already on pole, then by half a second and then one second and I just kept going. Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anybody else, including my team mate with the same car. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

I was already on pole, then by half a second and then one second and I just kept going. Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anybody else, including my team mate with the same car.


Quote: Then suddenly something just kicked me. I kind of woke up and realised that I was in a different atmosphere than you normally are. My immediate reaction was to back off, slow down. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Then suddenly something just kicked me. I kind of woke up and realised that I was in a different atmosphere than you normally are. My immediate reaction was to back off, slow down.


Quote: I continuously go further and further learning about my own limitations, my body limitation, psychological limitations. It's a way of life for me. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

I continuously go further and further learning about my own limitations, my body limitation, psychological limitations. It's a way of life for me.


Quote: If you have God on your side, everything becomes clear. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

If you have God on your side, everything becomes clear.


Quote: My biggest error? Something that is to happen yet. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

My biggest error? Something that is to happen yet.


Quote: There are no small accidents on this circuit. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

There are no small accidents on this circuit.


Quote: You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means: you race or you do not. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means: you race or you do not.


Quote: Racing, competing, it's in my blood. It's part of me, it's part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Racing, competing, it's in my blood. It's part of me, it's part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else.


Quote: Because in a split second, it's gone. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Because in a split second, it's gone.


Quote: Wealthy men can't live in an island that is encircled by poverty. We all breathe the same air. We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Wealthy men can't live in an island that is encircled by poverty. We all breathe the same air. We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance.


Quote: Women -- always in trouble with them, but can't live without them. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Women -- always in trouble with them, but can't live without them.


Quote: I don't know driving in another way which isn't risky. Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other's. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

I don't know driving in another way which isn't risky. Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other's.


Quote: I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.


Quote: And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension.


Quote: On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit'. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.


Quote: It was like I was in a tunnel. Not only the tunnel under the hotel but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit but still able to find even more. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

It was like I was in a tunnel. Not only the tunnel under the hotel but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit but still able to find even more.


Quote: Winning is the most important. Everything is consequence of that. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Winning is the most important. Everything is consequence of that.


Quote: The danger sensation is exciting. The challenge is to find new dangers. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

The danger sensation is exciting. The challenge is to find new dangers.


Quote: You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood.


Quote: Money is a strange business. People who haven't got it aim it strongly. People who have are full of troubles. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

Money is a strange business. People who haven't got it aim it strongly. People who have are full of troubles.


Quote: And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.


Quote: When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win, second or third place is not enough. by author Ayrton Senna overlaid on photo of photo of author Ayrton Senna with quote

When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win, second or third place is not enough.


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