Imola to honour Senna and Ratzenberger

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Wednesday 30th April, 2014 - 12:22pm

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Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna

The Imola circuit will host a special commemorative service tomorrow to mark the 20th anniversary of the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger.

The memorial service will pay tribute to the three-times F1 world champion and the Austrian driver who tragically lost their lives during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix weekend.

Several high profile guests are expected to attend the ceremony including both current Ferrari F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

“I think Senna set the standard for all drivers and he was definitely the best of his generation,” Alonso said

“What made him special was his great will to win and the numbers speak for themselves. He always fought right to the bitter end and that earned him the respect of all his colleagues and it’s what makes him a legend today.

“I was very little at the time and Spanish TV did not show Formula 1, but I began to know something about him as my father was a fan and my first kart was painted in the same colours as his car.”

The Imola circuit will open its doors to the public for the rest of the week to allow fans to pay their respects to Senna and Ratzenberger.

There will also be an appearance of Senna’s famous 1988 world championship winning McLaren MP4/4, along with a exhibition of previously unpublished photos and a series of films to celebrate the Brazilian’s life.

Speedcafe.com’s SENNA WEEK Features

CLICK HERE to read part 1 of the Senna Week features

CLICK HERE to read part 2 of the Senna Week features

CLICK HERE to read technical special on Senna’s F1 cars

CLICK HERE to read the tribute to Roland Ratzenberger

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