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Senna sculpture to be presented to Pope

Mat Coch

Wednesday 17th April, 2019 - 10:41am

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Meu Ayrton by Paula Senna Lalli

Meu Ayrton

Ayrton Senna’s sister is set to present Pope Francisco with a bronze sculpture depicting the late three-time Formula 1 world champion.

The presentation is set to take place at the Vatican on Wednesday morning (local time), with the ‘Meu Ayrton’ (My Ayrton) sculpture made by Senna’s niece, Paula Senna Lalli.

It was commissioned by Senna’s mother, Neyde Senna.

“I received with great pride the mission given by my grandmother, who wanted to affectionately portray the way she was remembered by her family,” said Senna Lalli.

“I accepted the challenge, even acknowledging the difficulty of the task: very few works of this type were approved by our families, especially by my grandmother, known for the high standard of demand.”

May 1 will represent the 25th anniversary of Senna’s death, which came during the opening laps of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Senna is regarded among the greats of Formula 1, winning world titles in 1988, 1990, and 1991.

During his career he accumulated 41 victories and 65 pole positions from 162 events, a career which saw spells at Toleman, Lotus, McLaren, and Williams.

Works is also underway in South Australia to create a permanent memorial to Senna in the Adelaide Parklands, which is hoped to be installed and unveiled ahead of the 2020 Adelaide 500.

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