May 1, 1994. For motorsport fans, it’s the day when the world went dark. On that day, 25 years ago, Ayrton Senna da Sliva was racing at the San Marino Grand Prix. Italy’s famed Imola racing circuit would prove to be the last place Senna ever piloted a vehicle. Sadly, the Formula 1 legend crashed and died there.
Carfection host Henry Catchpole says he has this date emblazoned in his memory. Now 25 years later, he finds himself sitting behind the wheel of McLaren’s own hypercar that bears the Senna name. Rather than dwell on the events at Imola, however, Catchpole instead wants to remember what most would consider to be Senna’s greatest racing lap.
Let’s move back from 1994 to the year 1993. We’re also jumping from Italy to a rain-soaked Donington Park circuit in the United Kingdom. Senna started in the fifth position, behind Michael Schumacher, Karl Wendlinger, Damon Hill, and Alain Prost. In the space of just one lap, Senna managed to work his way through the talented field ahead of him. He moved into P1 and held on to win the race. This wasn’t just a simple “win” for Senna though, as he then went on to lap most of the field after moving into first place.
The only driver to finish on Senna’s lead lap wad Damon Hill. Everyone else was a lap or more behind when they crossed the line.
Catchpole heads back to Donington to relive this lap. He does so behind the wheel of the McLaren Senna. Along the way, we’re treated to beautiful visuals, wonderful memories, and an overall story that might just give you goosebumps.
This is a fantastic tribute to a great racing driver on one of his finest days.