What can you say about the man everything has been told of - and yet no words have been capable of capturing his being? You just retell the tale again and again until he becomes a legend.

Ayrton Senna had the privilege to born into a wealthy and caring family in a country of challenged economy and of political disturbance. His passion for motor racing thus could be supported, being taken care of.

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Being multiple kart champion he then left Brazil for the misty Albion - home of motorsports - to raise the stakes in higher level of competition. Went through the ladder of Formula Ford, Formula 3, and following a few F1 tests he then landed at the back-runner Toleman team in Formula One.

During his debut year he show extraordinary talent among the best of the best. First, winning a demonstration Mercedes saloon car race at the Nürburgring - a World Champion-studded race -, then his legendary near-win at Monaco and a couple of other podiums as well. The same year, he also had an attempt in sportscar racing - again at the Nürburgring.

Leaving the Toleman team he then joined Lotus, scored his first win. Although the F1 schedule is very busy, he always took time to learn new things about driving, like going rallying in the Welsh forest.

Team Lotus was later joined by Honda - a partnership that followed Ayrton into McLaren as well.

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The genius of Senna is best demonstrated by his qualifying sessions. He was notorious of staying in the pits as long as he could, then suddenly go out and scoring P1 by smashing the track record.

The McLaren-Honda relationship was added a further dimension by the Senna-Prost team-up, creating one of the most exciting and most talked about eras of the sport. The battle of the two titans filled the TV screens, the news and the grand stands. The explosive tension came to a break-up, and Senna remained the no.1 driver.

1992 brought yet another challenge, as Williams Racing got technical and created the most advanced active suspension system in the field that seemed impossible to beat in the hands of Nigel Mansell.

The then-triple World Champion Senna disliked the idea of being the technological underdog. Accompanied with McLaren losing the Honda engines for 1993 and being tired of all the politics of F1, he tried to seek other means of racing.

He was then convinced by Ron Dennis to stick with the team, and indeed, McLaren managed to build a car that was almost as competitive - and in some cases more competitive - than the Williams car.

The effort during the draught year with Cosworth brought McLaren some new opportunities to make a deal with a manufacturer as an engine supplier and chose Peugeot instead of Chrysler.

For Ayrton the writing was on the wall - McLaren would not be competitive for years to come and sought a new contract with the then-current kings of the race tracks - Williams, eventhough the active suspension system that made them unbeatable would be banned for the following year.

Little did he or anyone expect that he just left his last full season behind.

The San Marino Grand Prix would be the third race of the 1994 season. Senna failed to finish the previous two races and high hopes were looming over the following event.

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The weekend was marred with tragic. Rubens Barrichello suffered an enormous shunt during Friday qualifying, knocking him partially unconscious and suffering minor injuries.

Saturday afternoon, former sportscar-driver of Austria, Roland Ratzenberger crashed out during qualifying, virtually dying on the spot.

Despite the near-miss and the tragedy, the race started off with heavy heart on Sunday morning. Immediately after the start, JJ Lehto and Pedro Lamy crashed on the start/finish line, sending particles over the catch fence, injuring spectators. The incident activated a Safety Car situation and the field was circling around for a few laps until debris was cleared off.

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At the end of lap 6, the Safety Car came into the pits and racing was green again. Reaching the Tamburello corner, Senna's car veered off-track, crashed into the wall and suffered a fatal head-injury.

His racing brought excitement in people's lives, his passion and commitment filled their soul with hope and his Christian spirit drove him to help those in need - anonymously.

He's not dead, not in a spiritual sense anyway. Whether you believe he's in Heaven or not, his memory will be long lived in people's mind and heart.

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In his true Christian fashion, I shall salute him with a Bible verse that I'm sure he liked.

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