Life go`s in circles until it stops. Same goes for car races. But it is not the same. Because anybody in his or her right mind would refuse to trade his life for a win in a game of who goes around a curve the fastest. Race car drivers are a different breed of man for being able to live outside this equation. And a Formula 1 champion probably will look at you all bewildered and let you know that life and a race are in fact the exact same thing. Ayrton Senna never said that. But he acted as if this was his reception of reality. Which revolved around racing. And winning. Ayrton died exactly 20 years ago.
He had put his foot on the gas pedal at 4 and a half and in one way or another never took it of. Driven, single-minded and being able to focus to the point of total emersion in the driving the soft spoken and well mannered man changed when he got behind the wheel. His fast, nervous and often reckless driving style pushed many of the less committed/less talented/more sane drivers out of the way. And them who pushed back where cut from the same cloth. Alain Prost a multiple world champion himself became his duelist in many angry races and together with Ayrton spiced up the circus for almost a decade.
In his 10 year career in the game Ayrton Senna started 65 times from the pole positions, won a total of 41 Grands Prix and became World Champion three times. Life goes in circles until it stops. Same goes for car races. When his ended in the Tamburello turn at Imola on May 1st 1994 he is known as the best driver that ever lived.