Ayrton Senna: The Brazilian's greatest drives as the world remembers 20th anniversary of his death

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Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna, who suffered a fatal accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.

The Brazilian was undoubtedly one of the greatest drivers of all time, winning three World Championships along the way. But rather than titles, it was the thrilling races he was involved in that live in the memory.

Here, we take a look at five of the best Grand Prix he was involved in...

1993 European Grand Prix

An excellent measure of how well a driver has performed is how many competitors were lapped during the race. For Senna in the 1993 European Grand Prix, it was everyone. He went from fifth to first in the first lap, overtaking Schumacher, Wendlinger, Hill and Prost - and he didn't look back at a rain soaked Donington.

Senna wins at Donington in 1993 Senna wins at Donington in 1993  

1988 Japanese Grand Prix

The stage for winning his first World Championship was set when he started the race on pole in Suzuka. However, Senna bump-started his McLaren and slipped all the way back to 14th. In changeable conditions, he came all the way back through the field to win the race and the title.

 

1984 Monaco Grand Prix

Senna began to turn heads with this particular drive at the most glamourous of all the circuits. He dragged his mediocre Toleman up from 13th to challenge Prost's McLaren in first, only for a red flag to halt his charge. He may have finished second, but this was a victory in terms of putting him on the map.

Senna, Asif Kapadia's biopic about the late Brazilian F1 driver, is up for best documentary. Senna, Asif Kapadia's biopic about the late Brazilian F1 driver, is up for best documentary.  

1985 Portuguese Grand Prix

There's nothing like the first time, and for Senna, his first Grand Prix chequered flag came in Portugal. He was driving his Lotus car for only the second time, yet managed to win the race by a clear minute in Estoril.

1989 Japan

Senna's rivalry with Prost is a thing of legend and it was this particular race that played a huge part in the tale. The penultimate race of the season, the McLaren team-mates were both in contention for the title.

Senna managed to get away Senna managed to get away  

When they collided at the final chicane, Prost was out, but Senna managed to get his car going, make it to the pits to change his front wing and go on and win the race. However, after much protestation from Prost, Senna was disqualified and the title went to his French rival.

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