All products featured on GQ are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Nearly 30 years ago, F1 driver Ayrton Senna tragically passed away doing what he loved: racing hard. Despite driving in a way deemed “wrong” by purists of his day (stabbing the throttle through corners instead of gradually leaning into it), Senna dominated by thriving under intense pressure and horrible weather conditions, racking up 41 first-place finishes and 80 podiums over the course of a decade. What’s less remembered today—as F1 continues to boom in popularity stateside—is just how stylish Senna was off the track. Throughout the '80s and early '90s, Senna dressed with a level of casual sophistication that reflected the high-flying lifestyle of his sport.
One such fan of the legendary racer was Claudio Castiglioni, the then-chairman of MV Agusta, who met Ayrton at the launch of the SENNA Foundation. Post their interaction, the two marques became close friends and collaborated to unveil a very special MV Agusta F4 750 Senna edition. Only 300 of...
Ty Gibbs is focused on adding to the Gibbs family’s amazing legacy in motor sports. The 19-year-old grandson of legendary Washington Commanders head coach Joe Gibbs is the latest face to become a full-time competitor in the Nascar Xfinity Series. A championship favorite, Gibbs is already backed by major...
Williams has removed the Ayrton Senna logo from its 2022 car, citing a desire to move forward and have a break from the past. The team has carried a tribute to Senna on the nose of its cars since the three-time world champion was killed in an accident at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix while driving a Williams car.
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You won’t find a driver more adored than Ayrton Senna. His otherworldly talent made him an earthly sensation. But in his home country of Brazil, Senna was a god. The Formula 1 star spoke often about lifting up the poor there. He donated money, reportedly millions, to educate Brazil’s children. When Senna won, he elevated the spirit of a nation.
Ayrton Senna won the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship in 1988, 1990, and 1991 and is regarded as one of the greatest drivers of all time. Ayrton was often photographed wearing his National sponsor cap – National was a bank in Brazil. This boxed cap is licenced to support the Ayrton Senna Institute, this is an exact replica of the cap often sported by Ayrton, officially licenced and supplied boxed, brand new with tags.
Even before he made his Formula 1 debut with the Toleman team in 1984, it was clear to those in the sport that Ayrton Senna had a special talent. Just how special became clear in the second race of his second season, when he won the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix in the Renault-powered Lotus 97T.
In atrociously wet conditions in the race, it only took Senna about 15 laps to shake off all his pursuers, with what would become his trademark superiority in the wet, controlled yet quick, always in the highest gear possible to avoid wheelspin. By the end of the race, at the wheel of the black and gold Lotus, he had lapped the entire field at least once, with the exception of the second placed driver.
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Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt says he initially rejected Ayrton Senna from joining his Formula 1 team.Todt was approached by Senna, who drove for McLaren at the time, ahead of the 1994 season in pursuit of racing for the team but, as they already had drivers contracted, the boss had to turn him away. Senna drove for Williams in the 1994 season.“I offered him to switch to Ferrari in 1995, but he was pushing for 1994,” Todt told Planet F1. “We already had two drivers under contract, Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger, so we couldn’t satisfy his request, and when...
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Nelson Piquet – Nigel Mansell – Ayrton Senna – 1986 | signed Steve Theodorou | Limited Edition print
This is a photo of Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna on the grid at the 1986 British Grand Prix. This was the last Grand Prix to be held at Brands Hatch, with the race being moved to Silverstone the following year. Mansell won his home race after a titanic battle with teammate Piquet, finishing 5.5 seconds ahead of the Brazilian. Senna retired on lap 27, after his Lotus-Renault suffered gearbox failure.
F1’s Great Drives: Ayrton Senna – 1988 Japanese Grand Prix – a title showdown at Suzuka between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. A familiar narrative but at the 1988 Japanese Grand Prix, it was to be Senna’s day. Often regarded as Senna’s greatest drive and one of the greatest in Formula 1 of all time, the all-conquering MP4/4 would establish itself as the the most successful car in a single season, and give Ayrton his first Formula 1 World Championship.
A stunning print of Ayrton Senna en-route to victory in his McLaren MP4/8 at the 1993 European Grand Prix at Donington Park. Often seen as one of the greatest opening laps in Formula 1 history, Senna went from fifth to first by the end of the first lap at a rain-soaked Donington.