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Formula One: Senna, a man who really cared

Published on Apr 30, 2014 8:44 AM
Ayrton Senna celebrating his victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo, in March 1993. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Ayrton Senna da Silva: Is his legacy to be recalled in statistics or memories? Numbers on a page or emotions stirred? Sporting supremacy - or rare humanity?

The stories of his on-track talent, the utter determination and all-consuming passion are well chronicled. Indeed, 161 Grands Prix, 64 pole positions and 87 front row starts reflect all that. To cap it all off are 42 Grands Prix victories and three world titles - in 1988, 1990 and 1991.

His fierce rivalry with McLaren-Honda team-mate Alain Prost, concern for drivers' safety and the humility that was so visible with children and ordinary motor racing fans confirm the passion and personality of a man whose death 20 years ago, in 1994, will be remembered again, and so vividly, on May 1.

That afternoon, at Imola, capped a tragic, black weekend at the San Marino Grand Prix, where he started his final race from pole position.

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