Ayrton Senna takes a spin around Suzuka one last time.
In a heartfelt tribute to Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna da Silva, Honda recreated Ayrton’s 1989 Japanese Grand Prix qualifying lap at Suzuka using lights to represent the movement of the car and speakers to reproduce the sound of the Honda V12 engine that powered his McLaren along the circuit.
For those of you who are not familiar with the happenings of the last 25 years of Formula One racing, Ayrton Senna was arguably the most talented driver in the history of the sport who became particularly known for his incredible wet weather driving and his record number of pole positions due to outstanding qualifying laps.
Tragically, Ayrton was killed when his car lost traction and hit a wall during the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy in 1994. If you would like to know more about the Aryton Senna, there was a great documentary (simply titled “Senna”) made in 2001 that spans his professional and personal life including his rivalry with Alain Prost and some moving interviews with Ayrton’s friend and FIA Medical Chief Professor Sid Watkins.
This short clip is titled “The Ghost of Ayrton Senna” and it is a novel way to honour his memory. Click here to watch.