The accident occurred on the ninth lap, at the Tamburello corner.
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Accidents are always prone to occur. Motor sport has been characterized for leaving the worst postcards of totally wrecked vehicles and pilots who must be withdrawn urgently. Without a doubt, accidents in this discipline are nothing new. Nevertheless, there was one that remained in history and it marked a turning point in motorsports. 27 years ago, a Brazilian pilot, suffered a serious accident on a track in San Marino. This clash would tragically end the life of Ayrton Senna, outstanding pilot three times world champion.
A sporting icon and forever a legend of this team.
– McLaren (@ McLarenF1) May 1, 2021
The motorsport legend performed exceptionally on every track he competed on. ‘Magic Senna’ stood out among all his rivals. The Brazilian went on to obtain 161 titles. But that figure, unfortunately, could not be increased.
In 1994 the Imola Grand Prix. Senna had not had the expected performance in the championship and was looking to vindicate himself. On that date, a young driver stole the flashes of the cameras and attracted the attention of motorsport lovers: Michael sSchumacher.
Rivals for too short a time
– Michael Schumacher (@_MSchumacher) May 1, 2021
May 1, 1994 seemed like a normal competition day. But on the seventh lap, the Williams FW16 could not be controlled by Senna in the fateful Tambourine curve. A retaining wall was the first witness of the impact that the vehicle had more than 200 kilometers per hour. The Brazilian pilot suffered a fatal head injury after a suspension rod penetrated the visor of his helmet.
On a day like today but in 1994, Ayrton Senna dies.
After a strong crash during the San Marino GP, Ayrton could not resist his injuries and died in the hospital, leaving motorsport fans in shock. #24anosSemSenna #AyrtonSenna pic.twitter.com/DkEvbWAAyv
– Photos of Facts (@FotosDeFatos) May 1, 2018
The terrible accident left the pilot completely trapped in his car. The scenes of that moment were marked in tension. All the automotive world I prayed this didn’t turn into a tragedy.
However, hours later, the doctor María Teresa Fiandri, head of the resuscitation service at the Maggiore Hospital in Bologna, confirmed the death of Ayrton Senna. This news shocked the whole world and marked a tragedy in the history of world sport. However, it served to intensify security measures and protection elements for vehicles and drivers.
Because of Senna’s poor neurological condition, Watkins performed an on-site tracheotomy and requested the immediate airlifting of Senna to Bologna’s Maggiore Hospital under the supervision of Gordini. pic.twitter.com/4kRIsjtJfU
– Marina Amaral (@ marinamaral2) November 24, 2017
The pilot was buried in the cemetery of Morumbí, in tomb 0011. Near this space is placed a flag of Brazil, to frame that there are the remains of a brazilian icon. In the place is a plaque that says: “Ayrton Senna da Silva-03/21/60 and 05/01/94. Nothing can separate me from the love of God”.
On this day (5 May 1994) Ayrton Senna was laid to rest in the Morumbi Cemetery, São Paulo, Brazil. Rest In Peace, Beautiful Soul.. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/T8B9f67eIV
— Ayrton Senna Tribute (@F1_AyrtonSenna) May 5, 2017
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.