A two-time Formula One world champion (1963 and 1965), Jim Clark was one of the greatest drivers ever and one of Ayrton Senna’s main sources of inspiration in motor sports.

The Brazilian never had the chance to meet the Scot. But, in February 1991, the year Senna won his third world title, the McLaren driver visited the “Jim Clark Room”, a museum dedicated to the memory of the driver, located in Duns (Scotland).

Just like any other visitor, Ayrton signed the guestbook and was able to admire trophies, racing suits and other items that belonged to the man who held the record for most pole positions in F1 until it was broken by Senna himself. 

In February 1991, Senna also visited the school Clark attended from 1949 to 1952, and that still featured tributes to the legendary driver on its walls. Senna met students at the school’s theater and answered questions. Most of them were related to his career, but one question stood out: “Sir, how do you personally relate religion to Formula One?”

Check out the driver’s answer on the video:

“I had a very nice experience, today, when I arrived here at the school. Because I was taken to the chapel that you all know. And religion is a touchy point. Very difficult. Easy to be misunderstood. But, for me, it’s a fact. It’s not only by reading the Bible, where you read in black and white. But I try as hard as I can to understand life through God. And that means every day of my life, not only when I’m at home, but when I’m doing my work too”, he said.

Ayrton Senna with pupil Daniel Davidson at Loretto School in Musselburgh in 1991.