Our three-time Champion Ayrton Senna has created memories on every continent throughout his career as a Formula One driver. That’s why several parts of the planet have honored the Brazilian, and it’s not unusual to see tributes in raceways, go-kart tracks and other places tied to motor sports.
In Brazil, for instance, three circuits have been named after the champion: Goiania (GO), Londrina (PR) and Caruaru (PE). Besides, the Interlagos raceway, in São Paulo, has the famous “Senna S”, which was built under supervision of the driver himself in 1990.
When it comes do go-kart tracks, there are more than a dozen circuits all over the country that pay tribute to Ayrton Senna: Interlagos (SP), Lauro de Freitas (BA), Bagé (RS), Campo Grande (MS), Foz do Iguaçu (PR), Jaguaribe (CE), Uberaba (MG), Brasília (DF), Pato Branco (PR), Descalvado (SP), Presidente Prudente (SP) and Toledo (PR) are some of the most well-known ones.
Senna is also remembered abroad. The Buenos Aires raceway, for instance, features a “Senna S” corner, just like the one in São Paulo. At the Gilles Villeneuve circuit, where the Canadian GP takes place, you can find the “Virage Senna”, a sequence of corners that is also shaped like an “S”.
Despite not hosting an F1 race since the 1995 season, the Adelaide street-circuit also has a “Senna Chicane”, comprised of the first, second and third corners of the track, where Senna won twice (1991 and 1993). The same thing has happened at the old Hockemheim track, which featured the “Senna Kurve”, the last “S” before the entrance of the stadium. The circuit was modified in 2002 and that stretch is no longer in use. The Brazilian driver won three times at the German track (1989, 1990 and 1991).
In both Donington Park (UK) and Ímola (Italy) statues recalling Senna’s great achievements in F1 can be found. Wherever there’s speed, we can be sure Ayrton will be on people’s minds.