First team players of Corinthians Football Club, one of the oldest football clubs in Brazil, paid tribute to Senna in a fashion which has got them attention not only from the football world, but also from motorsport fans.
During a game last week, the first team players of Corinthians FC came on the pitch with helmets. Each player was holding his own helmet. These helmets were identical to the one Senna used to wear during his racing days. Once all these players gathered on the pitch, they put on the helmet, thus paying tribute to one of their greatest citizens. You can watch the same in the video below.
It is twenty years since Ayrton Senna died in a crash during 1994 San Marino Grand Prix on May 1 1994. Sadly, he was not the only one who died that race-weekend. A 33 year old Austrian driver, Roland Ratzenberger too had died during qualifying session.
In their memory, from 1st to 4th May 2014, Imola circuit will be opened to fans and supporters. The tribute will be characterized by activities in the paddock which will include driving simulators, electric karts and pedal cars for kids and racing pit stops, exhibitions of photographs and works of art all from the Senna era.
For the first time being revealed to the public will be a private collection on display at the Museum Checco Costa. This exhibition will include karts and motorcycles besides cars and other relics of the Brazilian racer.
Tribute 1994-2014 also saw Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Jules Bianchi and Pedro de la Rosa paying tribute to the two drivers along with Director of Racing Activities Antonello Coletta and Sporting Director, Massimo Rivola in attendance. The drivers walked down Tamburello corner where a short commemoration service in honour of Ayrton Senna was held. This was the very spot of the tragic accident. Brief speeches followed commemorating the life and accomplishments of the great Brazilian while a minutes silence at 14h 17, the exact time of his crash at the wheels of a Williams on lap 7 of the San Marino Grand Prix, was observed.
The next few days will see a series of events being held in Ayrton’s honor while a special book ‘Ayrton – Imola 34 is going to be presented in the racer’s honor.