That weekend in San Marino was probably the most tragic in the history of F1. During practice, Rubens Barrichello was involved in a dangerous accident, which left him with a broken arm and nose. Later, during Saturday qualifying, 33 year old Austrian rookie, Roland Ratzenberger died when the nose of his car broke while entering a corner at speeds of over 300 kmph, sending his car into concrete wall.
These accidents prompted organizers and drivers to think about improving safety in Formula 1. Being a senior driver, Senna himself volunteered to lead such a campaign. But, that tragic weekend was not over yet. The very next day, Senna was killed in a crash while he was leading.
Senna’s death caused shock to millions, especially the one’s back in Brazil, his home country. The news of Senna’s death was no less than a national tragedy in Brazil. The government officially declared three days mourning. For Senna’s funeral, his body was flown back to Sao Paulo with full state honours, where over 200,000 fans were waiting to bid final goodbye.
Its been 20 years now, but still the memory of Senna is fresh. McLaren, the team with which he won all three of his World Championship Titles, has now released a new video and infographic in his memory. You can have a look at them below.