30 years later, McLaren marks Senna’s death with special livery

It’s been 30 years since Ayrton Senna’s death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix driving a Williams, and McLaren will mark the milestone with a special livery honoring the Brazilian Formula 1 icon at the Monaco Grand Prix 2024 this weekend.

The livery will feature on the F1 cars of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri throughout the race weekend. It was developed in parallel with another special livery, known as Senna Semper, which McLaren’s MSO customization department applied to a McLaren Senna supercar from McLaren’s own heritage collection.

Both liveries feature the green and gold of the Brazilian flag, while that of the Senna supercar features two depictions of Senna, one of which shows him wearing a racing helmet.

The supercar also features a script of Senna’s famous quote: “I have no idols.” I admire the work, dedication and skill.

Special McLaren livery marking 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s death

Although he only lived to the age of 34, Senna is widely regarded by drivers past and present around the world as one of, if not the, greatest drivers of all time. During his career he won three Formula 1 world championships, 41 victories and 80 podiums, most of which were achieved during his time at McLaren, which lasted from 1988 to 1993.

The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix will forever be remembered as one of the saddest in F1, not only because of the death of Senna but also that of Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger, who crashed his Simtek during qualifying a day before Senna’s accident. Whether this is due to the cars’ design, mechanical failures, or human error, we will probably never know. But what we do know is that the tragic events of that fateful race helped change the development of not only F1, but motorsport in general, particularly with regard to safety.

This year, Netflix will also release a six-episode miniseries about Senna. The trailer was released on May 1, the anniversary of Senna’s death.