+Google Doodle For Ayrton Senna's Birthday (March 21)

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Great homage for a legend and a hero to millions. We miss you Senna.
 
Ayrton, you still inspire me 20 years on!
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Senna - surely the most arrogant and dangerous driver to ever turn a wheel in F1!
 
It's not a point of view I hold myself +Esteban C but it is a valid criticism of Ayrton's driving, and there were a lot of people at the time who felt the same as +Nick James It's only because he died that this criticism stopped. 
 
What some so called racing experts or fans call arrogance of Senna's driving skills, some believe Senna was the very first driver to drive his car to its limits, he challenged the other drivers, he made an extreme sport more exciting. Senna had the ability to control his car like no other driver before, possibly the best rain driver we've ever seen. Senna was able to make the car do almost anything he wanted it. What's really impressive about his driving skills was that the technology in auto racing was nothing like it is today, I could only imagine what he would do with the existing tech available today. It would have been complete dominance. 
 
I respect criticism, +Mike Bye , but the comment I replied to did actually sound disrespectful. No one told me what Ayrton did on track. I watched him drive in the 80's. I don't think he was more dangerous than any other driver. Maybe it's because Ayrton was a lot faster than the rest, and he was lapping them all the time, some people may think it's dangerous. But he's not to blame for driving quick. And about being arrogant... well... pure bullshit.
 
No one not even his detractors dismiss his skill, It was his tendency to run others off the track that some felt was arrogant and dangerous. There's even the famous interview where Jackie Stewart accuses him of just such things. 
 
+Mike Bye racing regulations back in those days allowed the drivers to protect their position. What Senna did was protect the inside and outside lanes like he owned it. Those drivers that had the skills to pass him, with the likes of Prost and Mansell did pass him occasionally, those drivers that couldn't pass him like Jackie Stewart and few others called him dangerous... Alan Prost went as far as saying that Ayrton Senna made him a better F1 driver and he could not imagine his career without Senna... 
 
Yes, I've seen that interview and Ayrton gave Jackie his point of view. I also saw when he jumped out of the car on track to help Comas while other drivers passed by. That does not sound like an arrogant attitude to me.
 
+Esteban C I just want to piggy back in your comment and remind everyone the day Senna passed he had a heated discussion at the driver's meeting prior to the race with concerns to the safety of drivers, cars and track. He was the most outspoken driver in regards to driver's safety....
 
Actually Alain accused him of being dangerous too, even going so far as to accuse Ayrton of trying to kill him. +Roger Carvalho 
 
As I said though this isn't a point of view I hold I was merely pointing out that it was a valid criticism, to try and keep things friendly. 
 
+Mike Bye I remember that statement by Prost but lets be clear the he made that statement shortly after a race, when the idrenalin is still running high. I don't want to even make a comparison but if you've ever watched Nascar racing ( Again, not even close to F1 ) you've noticed how agressive they are. They protect their lanes, and will go as far as pushing drivers off the track, literally!
And after the races all the accusations and even physical fights that accur do to the heat of the moment... Please understand i don't want to compare Nascar to F1 but its all part of racing, and to be honest F1 was a lot more exciting to watch back in those days. This is simply my point of view.
 
No one can argue that Senna wasn't arrogant! :-/
 
Let's remember that every driver has a certain amount of arrogance, they have to have self belief to get where they are but arrogance has little to do with actual skill.
Anyone can say their the best, weather they are or not is a totally different matter.
 
Senna was a great driver. Senna was a hero. Senna did a lot to help others less fortunate than himself. Senna at times could be a total arse, and if he was alive I'd still be typing this or quite happily say it to his face.
I was/am a massive Mansell fan and whilst I admire his skills behind the wheel, he too could be a massive arse at times.
I am an adequate driver. I too can be very arrogant especially behind the wheel and a massive arse at times :-) job done :-)
 
Maybe the most attractive doodle I've seen...
 
Great. Akoma dhe sot i paarritshem.
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Plenty of drivers who actually raced against him have said the same thing. He was arrogant on track and a bully. Brundle said that he would come past you and it was up to you to get out of the way or you would have an accident. I'm sorry, but that is NOT skill, it's arrogance and bully boy tactics plain and simple. If he was driving today, he would be banned. 
 
The famous interview with Stewart also points out what an arrogant driver he was. His famous quote 'If you don't go for a gap you are no longer a racing driver' is just pure idiocy, as pointed out by Stewart. Even punch drunk boxers know you have to pick your moment. Senna was skillful, no doubt, but a more arrogant and dangerous driver in F1 there has never been. 
 
+Nick James your comments totally make YOU arrogant and inconsiderate, today is a celebration of a mans life as whole, not just what he did on the track. Senna is my hero and always will be, if you don't like him as a person or what he did on the track keep it to yourself and go read more interviews on Jackie. No need to reply, really don't care what you have to say. 
 
I thought you had to have a certain level of arrogance to drive F1 (every driver mentioned had it). They are a lot like boxers... If you are going to drive the fastest cars, or be hit in the head by the strongest, you have to believe you're the best or you don't win... Ask Ali
 
+Edin Telarevic don't get all butt hurt over the truth their Ed. Never mentioned anything about him away from the track. By all accounts he was generous and philanthropic. Still, mention Senna and people remember the racing driver, not much else. So don't cry about it. 
 
To all the #Ayrton haters... “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”  GREAT talent, which Ayrton Senna personified, will always evoke the fear of not being enough in the masses & that is fine... it detracts nothing from the skill he embodied!!  I will not stoop to go & find your names that will just make you think that I am trying to convince you of something you are incapable of seeing!!  Ayrton's Legend has stood the test of time without you & will Live on in spite of you... Ayrton, we salute you for the Legacy you have left us!!
 
+Edin Telarevic why exactly am I embarrassing myself?  Senna was an arrogant bully on track - this is a fact backed up by guys who actually raced against him, not just an opinion of butt hurt fanboys like you.  No one ever said he wasn't talented, but one thing is for sure - he's only the 'legend' he is today because he died on track.  If he was still alive today, he wouldn't be half the 'legend' people perceive him to be now.
 
+Nick James Was he the best ever? It does not matter, though BBC Sport says yes. Going even further, Autosport's compilation of votes from over 200 F1 drivers ended in a similar result.

Does his death mean we view him as a better driver than he was? It does not matter. Did he inspire a remarkable legacy that transcended sport and gave true hope to the hopeless, making a real difference to more than just the fans of a billion-dollar industry? Yes. Yes he did.

If you pushed me for an answer to the first of those questions, I would say no. History always encourages positive memories of those we remember; so aren’t all world champions given a bit of gloss over time? Do the majority remember Schumacher’s (many) follies now, or do they remember his seven world titles, 91 wins and revitalisation of an ailing Ferrari team?

So maybe we focus only on the positives when we look back at Ayrton Senna’s F1 career—that’s not a crime. F1 tends to do that with all its greatest characters. The only thing Senna’s death sped up was the time in which we grew to overlook his flaws and appreciate the legacy he left.
 
When Formula One fans around the world are asked the question “Who is the greatest of all time?” more often than not, a passionate and heated debate involving the two legendary names Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna is summoned from the purgatorial prison where it has dwelled for many years.
 Many Schumacher fans will argue that his number of world championships undoubtedly earns him the title whereas Senna fans feel that Senna could have gone on to win more championships and possibly prevented Schumacher from winning his two first titles in 1994 and 1995, had the 1994 tragedy at the Imola circuit not occurred. 
I would like to point out why I believe Senna is worthy of the title of Formula One’s greatest pilot of all time and welcome anyone who reads this to offer their opinions as well.
 One of the main reasons why I believe that Senna is a superior driver to Schumacher is that he built his legendary reputation during a time in Formula One where there were other drivers equally as legendary as he was. 
 To cite a few examples, I would like to bring up some all time records in Formula One all of which still stand today.
 The record for most pole positions in one season (14) was set by Nigel Mansell in 1992 during Senna’s career. Mansell has won the most races out of any British Formula One driver and held the Formula One and CART world titles simultaneously, being the only driver in history to do so. There is no doubt that he was a force to be reckoned with during Senna’s time.
 Another record I would like to bring up is the most consecutive pole positions in the history of Formula One. Just behind Ayrton Senna's eight consecutive poles is Alain Prost having been on pole position seven times consecutively in 1993, also during Senna’s career.
 Alain Prost has won four world championships and was undoubtedly a huge obstacle for Senna during his career. I would also like to raise the point that Prost and Senna drove on the same team for a few years; two legends in equal machinery giving it their all trying to prevent the other from winning the title, a rivalry so fierce, encompassing so much talent that yet another all time Formula One record emerged as a result.
 That record being the most victories by one team in a season as together the two rivals won 15 out of 16 grand prix in the 1988 season!
 Schumacher, on the other hand, during his five-title stint at Ferrari, always had a wingman for a teammate whose job duties included facilitating his conquering of the world championship which meant Schumacher got the better car and on one very controversial occasion, even had his teammate Rubens Barrichello ordered to pull over on the side of the road to let him by for the win. That situation prompted rule changes in Formula One.
 These are hardly the difficult conditions faced by Senna during his career. I do want to stress however, that I am not trying to bring down Schumacher’s skill level when raising these points and that I do recognize his phenomenal talent.
 Both drivers were exceptional in the rain. However, in my opinion, Senna’s rain performances had more impact on his legend than Schumacher’s.
 In 1984 Senna took his unimpressive Toleman from 13th place to second place in the heavy rain at the Monaco Grand Prix, closing in on Prost for first place, but the race came to an end due to safety issues regarding the heavy downpour.
 Perhaps the most striking performance by Senna in the rain came in 1993 at Donington, when Senna climbed from fifth to first place in the opening lap of the race, finding grip that no other driver on the field, including Schumacher, could. He went on to lap the entire field that race!
 I would like to conclude this article with a statistic that may not prove that Senna was a better overall driver than Schumacher, but that definitely proves that Senna was a better qualifier than he was.
 Out of 250 career races for Michael Schumacher, he managed 68 pole positions, where as Ayrton Senna managed 65 poles in only 162 races. Senna ended his career only a mere 3 poles behind Schumacher’s career pole count, but a massive 88 races behind Schumacher’s career race starts.
 Schumacher was on pole for 27.2 percent of his career, whereas Senna was on pole for 40.1 percent of his career. 
 These are but a few of the reasons that I think are enough to convince myself and many Senna fans. 
 
I think more than anything the man personifies that something special.. I don't want to get into who's more talented, it's just not about that.. it's about that drive within you to excel, Senna is an inspiration.. My favorite race is when he had complete a few laps in fifth gear at the Brazilian grand Prix.. that for me was like sensational control.. an amazing person.. We miss him
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