At Imola, 20 years ago, Ayrton Senna raced for the last time. And at the same place, this week, starting on Wednesday (04/30), the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari will host a series of homages during the “Ayrton Senna Tribute 1994/2014”, which is part of the celebrations planned by the Ayrton Senna Institute to honor the driver’s 20-year legacy. Over four days, the circuit will open its gates and welcome those who wish to pay homage to the unforgettable Brazilian driver.
Paddock, pits and circuit will be open to all who want to admire memorabilia, photos, hear the stories of contemporaries, discover unpublished film footage or take part in discussions with Ayrton’s friends and colleagues, journalists, artists and past and present-day F-1 personalities, all linked together by Ayrton’s life and times.
Everyone at Imola will have a chance to experience the track, taking a few laps by car, motorcycle, bicycle or on foot. Roland Ratzeberger, who also passed away on that track, during the same Grand Prix (during the qualifying sessions, on the eve of the race), will also be honored.
During the event, Imola will be motor racing’s mecca, featuring some Formula One teams, car manufacturers, enthusiasts, journalists, collectors, artists and writers, who will take part on the tribute by sharing their memories.
Part of the revenue will go to the Ayrton Senna Institute’s educational projects, which also turns 20 in 2014, developing the next generations’ potential, helping students succeed at school and become citizens capable of fulfilling the professional, economic, cultural and political demands of the 21st century.
WEDNESDAY 30 APRIL
6:00 pm – Pit lane Imola Circuit
Mass Celebration in memory of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger, celebrated by Don Sergio Mantovani, the priest of the drivers
9:00 pm – Castel San Pietro Terme, Hotel Castello
Presentation of the book “Suite 200, Ayrton’s last night”, by Giorgio Terruzzi and Luisa Tosoni
THURSDAY 1 MAY
9:00 am – Racing Circuit “Tribute to Roland and Senna”
10 am – Guest welcome event with Paula Senna
Presentation of the book “Ayrton – Imola 34”
10:30 am – “Evolution of safety in Formula 1” by Giancarlo Bruno with Mauro Coppini, Gian Paolo Dallara, Mauro Forghieri, Gian Carlo Minardi.
1:45 pm – Tamburello Bend – Ceremony of Commemoration open to the public
3:00 pm – Cars and Memorabilia by Instituto Ayrton Senna, with Claudio Giovannone; F1: Lotus, McLaren, Williams
Ayrton Senna’s Kart and Formula 1 exhibition. Cars, memorabilia and pictures (F1: Lotus, McLaren; “Tributo azzurro”: Ferrari, Minardi)
Photo exhibition: “Ayrton Imola” by Keith Sutton
3:30 pm –Rai Sport: Meetings and talk with guests
6:00 pm – Romeo Galli Stadium, Imola Charity Football Match between Racing Drivers
9:00 pm – Pit Lane Terrace – Charity Gala Dinner
Screening of Multivision “AYRTON”: images by Ercole Colombo and edited by Lido Andreella
will be shown during the dinner. The dinner’s revenue will go to the Ayrton Senna Institute.
FRIDAY 2ND MAY
9:00am – Circuit – “Senna Memorial Kart Race 2014”
11:30 am –Sprint Race
1:00 pm – Free Practice and Qualifying Session
2:30 pm – Endurance Race
8:30 pm – Awards Ceremony
10:00 am – Interviews, talks by contemporaries, discussions
3:00 pm – Interviews, talks by contemporaries, discussions
5:30 pm – “The meeting that might have changed the history of Formula 1” with Cesare Fiorio, early ‘90s Ferrari manager and Ezio Zermiani, Italian reporter
9:30 pm – Paddock – Concert: Red House Blues Band (Ferrari workers’ band); Paolo Montevecchi (Lucio Dalla’s “Senna” song composer); Ivete Souza (Brazilian singer); The Rock Alchimist (who wrote a song about Senna); Marco Notari; Marco Lucchinelli (motorcycle racer); and others to be determined.
SATURDAY 3RD MAY
9:00 am – Circuit
Parades and Formula Racing exhibitions, Sports Cars and GT Cars
11.30 am – “Ayrton Senna – Life in motion picture” photo exhibit by Mario Donnini
2:30 pm – Circuit – Parades and Formula Racing exhibitions, Sports Cars and GT Cars
3.00 pm – Presentation of the book “Travelling with Ayrton” by Leo Turrini with Dino Zoff
9:30 pm – Showing of the movie “Senna” by Asif Kapadia
SUNDAY 4TH MAY
9:30 am – Circuit – “Senna Memorial 2014” – Foot Race
10:00 am – “Passion by the champions” lecture, with Francesco Moser, one of Italy’s greatest bicycle racers
12:00 am – Circuit – “Bike Memorial Senna” – 100 km Cycling Race
3:30 pm – “Transappeninica” – Rally of vintage and historic cars