Imola 1994: Memories from Senna's rivals
The tragic events of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix changed Formula 1 forever. Here, speaking as part of our special bookazine that was released in 2011, 17 of the drivers who took part in that infamous meeting explain how they coped with the devastating deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna
(Speaking in 2011) I was always a great admirer of Ayrton. I had seen him at a karting race, back in Zolder, and this guy I didn't know at that time immediately caught my attention: the lines he was driving, the way he was doing it, I just loved the way he was karting there.
From that day on I knew his name, and obviously when he entered F1 I still looked at him. And when I got to F1 it was the same, I just loved the way he was driving. So in a way Ayrton was my idol, even if I wasn't happy at first with his approach towards young drivers when I entered F1. But this was part of the game, so it was no big deal.
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