Whilst I planned this week as a celebration to mark Ayrton Senna’s 20th anniversary of becoming a triple world champion. It seems quite ironic that as we remember a great champion, the motorsport world would lose two more leading lights at either end of the week. Still reeling from last Sundays events in Las Vegas, where ‘Lionheart’, Dan Wheldon, succumbed to his injuries sustained in a horrific 15 car accident. Today (Sunday), in Malaysia, Italian rising MotoGP star, Marco Simoncelli also lost his life after sliding out of the race and being collected by the chasing, Colin Edwards. Both these accidents serve as a stark reminder that the sport we love is dangerous. From tragedies like this, lessons need to be learned to prevent the same happening again. Ayrton Senna’s death in 1994 lead to greater cock pit protection for the drivers and stronger, safer tethers to stop the wheels and suspension leaving the car.
Today’s post was going to a collection of quotes from Senna with some tweets from his fans. Instead I’ve decided to end with just one quote from Ayrton which says it best.
“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.” – Ayrton Senna.
Rest in peace Ayrton, Dan and Marco