Vettel Driving Senna’s 1993 McLaren as Tribute at F1 Imola

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Vettel to drive Senna’s 1993 McLaren in F1 Imola tribute

This week marks the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s tragic fatal accident at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994, prompting extensive celebrations of the three-time world champion’s life. Imola, the circuit where the accident occurred, will host the next F1 race after the Miami Grand Prix and is expected to witness further tributes to the late Brazilian driver.

Sebastian Vettel, a four-time world champion and admirer of Senna, has announced a special tribute for his hero during the Imola Grand Prix. Vettel, who owns Senna’s 1993 McLaren MP4/8, plans to take the car out for a demo on race day as a mark of respect. In an Instagram video, Vettel expressed not only his admiration for Senna’s racing prowess but also highlighted his compassion as a man.

Vettel Driving Senna's 1993 McLaren as Tribute at F1 Imola
Vettel Driving Senna’s 1993 McLaren as Tribute at F1 Imola (Credits: Getty Images)

Vettel’s interest in F1 history is well-known, which is evident in his ownership of iconic F1 cars like Senna’s McLaren and Nigel Mansell’s 1992 Williams FW14B. Since retiring from F1 in 2022, Vettel has displayed these cars on various occasions, showcasing his passion for the sport’s heritage. Additionally, Vettel’s commitment to environmentalism is reflected in his use of carbon-neutral biofuels during demonstrations, aligning his racing endeavors with sustainability efforts.

The McLaren MP4/8 holds significance as Senna’s last car with McLaren after Honda’s departure as an engine supplier. Despite its underpowered Ford V8 engine, Senna’s skill allowed the car to challenge Alain Prost’s dominant Williams-Renault on multiple occasions. Senna’s memorable victory at Donington’s European Grand Prix, particularly in wet conditions, remains one of F1’s most iconic performances.

While Vettel hasn’t competitively raced since leaving F1 in 2022, he remains active in motorsport. In March, he tested Porsche’s Le Mans Hypercar at an endurance test in Aragon, impressing the Porsche Penske team with his performance. Though Vettel’s future in endurance racing is uncertain, his continued involvement in motorsport and dedication to honoring F1 legends like Senna demonstrate his enduring passion for racing.


By Sajda

Sajda is a car enthusiast, however, she is more focused on motorbikes.

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