Many claim that today’s Formula 1 isn’t exactly racing. Not in its purest form anyway. Finding itself at a crossroads between technological advances and constantly reinvigorated rule changes, F1 has become a morphed reality of its own ideal; a pint-sized version of itself, particularly when seen from the no-holds-barred manner of racing, last prevalent in the 1990s.
Back then F1 wasn’t just about winning races, or championing glories alone. It was about leaving behind on the an indelable legacy on a sport loved as much for its grandeur as derided for being fatal in equal part, and no one left a mark on the global face of Formula 1 quite like Ayrton Senna.
Born on March 21, 1960, Senna would have been 57 today.With his immense self-belief and devil may care attitude, the Brazilian, part-genius, part-freak force of nature, raised the bar of competing in Formula 1. He gave it all his heart and soul and used a combination of temerity and rigour time and time again, relentlessly, to make Formula 1 an artform.