|Ayrton Senna da Silva (born March 21, 1960 - died May 1, 1994), better known as Ayrton Senna, was a Brazilian Formula One triple world champion (1988, 1990, 1991). He is considered by many to be the greatest racing driver in Formula One history. His life, character and the circumstances of his death have caused his story to approach what could arguably be termed a modern legend. A spectacularly talented driver with an unyielding and sometimes controversial will to win, Senna was a complex character who fascinated Formula One fans the world over. His death whilst leading the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in 1994 is still mourned, particularly in Brazil.
This print shows Ayrton Senna in the 1986 Formula 1 season driving a JPS Lotus Renault 98T car with a Renault EF15B engine.
In 1986 Senna had his second season with Lotus. He started the season on a high finishing second to his fellow countryman Nelson Piquet at their home event, the Brazilian GP at Jacarepagua in Rio de Janeiro. He then took the World Championship lead for the first time in his career after winning an exciting Spanish GP at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in which he managed to hold off the menacing Nigel Mansell in his Williams-Honda for the victory by just .014 of a second. He would not last there for long however as the Championship would ultimately become a straight fight between Alain Prost's McLaren-TAG-Porsche and the Williams-Honda duo of Piquet and Mansell; key retirements due to mechanical failures once again befell his chase for the title. Despite this though, Senna still went on a strong charge, taking his second victory of the year at the United States GP at Detroit, and finishing the season fourth (again) with 55 points, 8 pole positions and six podium finishes (four seconds and two thirds).
This is a print taken from a very high quality and detailed artists drawing by the talented Yorkshire artist Nik Curry.
The colour print reproduces the great texture produced by the colour pencils Nik uses for all his drawings.