McLaren celebrates Senna at 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed

  • McLaren’s final tribute to Ayrton Senna will take place at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • 2024 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of the Formula 1 icon
  • Senna’s nephew Bruno Senna will drive his uncle’s car up the hill during the event

McLaren will pay tribute to Ayrton Senna At Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​2024which is part of a series of Senna commemorations this year marking the 30th anniversary of the Brazilian F1 icon’s death.

The automaker will showcase the Senna supercar and an MCL38 Formula 1 car in matching Senna-inspired liveries that were unveiled earlier this year at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix. Both feature the green and gold colors of the Brazilian flag, which also adorned patriot Senna’s helmets.

McLaren’s special livery commemorates 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s death

Senna’s nephew, former F1 driver and current McLaren brand ambassador Bruno Sennawill also drive the 1991 McLaren MP4/6 in which his uncle won seven F1 races and his third and final title at the Goodwood hillclimb. The Honda-powered MP4/6 is notable for being the only title-winning F1 car powered by a V-12 engine, and the last championship-winning car to use a conventional manual transmission.

Despite only living 34 years, Senna is still regarded by F1 drivers past and present as one of the greatest in the history of the sport. In addition to his three championships, Senna achieved 41 victories and 80 podiums during his career. Most of his exploits came during his time at McLaren, from 1988 to 1993.

McLaren's special livery commemorates 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna's death

McLaren’s special livery commemorates 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s death

Senna was killed in an accident At the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, a tragic weekend that also saw the death of Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger, who crashed his Simtek in qualifying the day before Senna’s fatal accident. The exact cause of that accident was never determined, but the deaths of Senna and Ratzenberger sparked a new round of safety improvements in F1.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of McLaren’s first Formula 1 championships. The team won its first constructors’ and drivers’ titles in 1974 with the M23 and driver Emerson Fittipaldi. The Brazilian, who won a second Formula 1 championship with Lotus, will once again drive the car that won him the title at Goodwood this year. Double Formula 1 champion Mika Hakkinen will drive a McLaren Solus GT painted like his title-winning MP4/13 in 1998.

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