36 Facts About Senna Lewis

1. Senna Lewis still holds the record as the third most successful driver of all time.

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2. Senna Lewis died at the high-speed Tamburello corner on lap 7.

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3. Ayrton Senna Lewis scored his first championship point on April 7, 1984 at the South African Grand Prix.

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4. In 1982 Senna Lewis won two European championships; the European and the British Formula Ford 2000.

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5. In 1999, Audi Senna Lewis was created as a joint venture of Audi with Senna Import.

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6. Senna Lewis was instrumental in bringing Audi cars into his native country, both as an import and manufacturing business.

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7. Senna Lewis was married to Lilian de Vasconcelos Souza from 1981 until 1982.

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8. Senna Lewis was close friends with McLaren teammate Gerhard Berger, and the two were always playing practical jokes on each other.

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9. Senna Lewis enjoyed a range of physical activities including running, waterskiing, jet skiing, and paddleboarding.

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10. Senna Lewis owned several properties, including an organic farm in Tatui, Brazil, a beach house in Angra dos Reis, Brazil, an apartment in Sao Paulo, Brazil, an apartment in Monaco, an estate in Sintra, on the Portuguese Riviera, and a house in Algarve, Portugal.

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11. Towards the end of his career, Senna Lewis became increasingly preoccupied with the dangers of his profession.

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12. Senna Lewis was a devout Catholic, once saying: "Just because I believe in God, just because I have faith in God, it doesn't mean that I'm immune.

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13. Senna Lewis sustained fatal skull fractures, brain injuries and a ruptured temporal artery.

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14. Senna Lewis had pulled alongside the Vectra and gestured to the driver, Max Angelelli, to increase his speed.

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15. Senna Lewis spent his final morning on the Sunday talking to former teammate and rival Alain Prost to discuss the re-establishment of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, with the aim of improving safety in Formula One.

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16. Senna Lewis complained about the FW16's handling and reported that the car's performance was generally worse after the engineers' latest adjustments.

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17. On Friday, Senna Lewis placed the car on the pole for a then-record 65th and final time, but he was upset by events unfolding that race weekend.

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18. Senna Lewis died aged 34 after succumbing to fatal injuries sustained during his final race at the San Marino Grand Prix, on 1 May 1994.

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19. Senna Lewis finished fourth overall in the championship, behind the Williams duo of Mansell and Riccardo Patrese, and Benetton's Michael Schumacher.

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20. Senna Lewis finished second, handing the victory to teammate Gerhard Berger at the last corner as a thank-you gesture for his support over the season.

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21. In 1990, Senna Lewis took a commanding lead in the championship with six wins, two second places, and three thirds.

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22. Senna Lewis achieved the feat of leading every lap of those races which was not equalled until Sebastian Vettel in 2012.

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23. Senna Lewis took an early lead in the championship with victories in San Marino, Monaco, and Mexico.

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24. Senna Lewis became dissatisfied with his chances at Lotus and at Monza it was announced that he would be joining McLaren for 1988.

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25. Senna Lewis was partnered in his first year at Lotus-Renault by Italian driver Elio de Angelis.

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26. At the time the race was stopped, Senna Lewis was catching Prost by about 4 seconds per lap.

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27. Senna Lewis made his debut at the 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro, where he qualified 17th, but had the dubious honour of being the first retirement of the season when the Hart 415T engine blew its turbo on lap 8.

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28. In 1981, Senna Lewis moved to England to begin single-seater racing, winning the RAC and Townsend-Thoreson Formula Ford 1600 Championships that year with the Van Diemen team.

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29. Senna Lewis went on to win the South American Kart Championship in 1977.

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30. Senna Lewis started racing at Interlagos and entered a karting competition at the age of 13.

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31. Senna Lewis attended Colegio Rio Branco in the Sao Paulo neighbourhood of Higienopolis and graduated in 1977 with a grade 5 in physics along with other grades in mathematics, chemistry, and English.

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32. Senna Lewis courted controversy throughout his career, particularly during his turbulent rivalry with Prost.

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33. Senna Lewis has often been voted as the best and most influential Formula One driver of all time in various motorsport polls.

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34. Senna Lewis began his motorsport career in karting, moved up to open-wheel racing in 1981, and won the 1983 British Formula Three Championship.

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35. Senna Lewis earned 41 victories and three championships throughout his Formula 1 career to earn a total of 71 points using this formula.

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36. Senna Lewis is the son of Larry Lewis, a Maori builder who was runner-up in the Golden Shears in 1982.

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