Ayrton Senna had his first race at Silverstone on June 21, 1981, when he competed in the Formula Ford 1660 Championship. The Brazilian driver wrapped up his debut at the circuit with a second place finish after an exciting duel in the last lap with rival Rick Morris, who overtook Senna in the final moments.
Starting in 1982, the British circuit saw the rise of a motor sports legend, who became used to winning there and broke record after record. His first victory came on March 28, when Senna was nothing less than 17 seconds faster than the driver in second place (Colin Jack’s Reynard) in a race with just 15 laps. That year, Senna had four races at Silverstone, and won all of them.