Sunday’s Formula 1 race in Melbourne was marked by tributes to the three-time champion Ayrton Senna. The International Automobile Federation (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile – FIA) organized a surprise for the audience watching the race in the country where Ayrton Senna made history.

A helicopter painted in the colors of Senna’s iconic helmet flew over the surroundings of the Albert Park Circuit. After the “Drivers Parade,” the traditional open-car parade of drivers before the grid formation, the aircraft appeared in the sky and followed the track layout.

The tribute is the first of the season made by Formula 1 to celebrate Ayrton Senna’s 30-year legacy in 2024. Check out the video:

Senna in Australia

Ayrton Senna’s career in Formula 1 has significant chapters in Australia. In 1993, the driver achieved his 41st and final Formula 1 victory in the GP held in Adelaide. Driving for McLaren, Senna defeated French driver Alain Prost in an unforgettable performance, clinching pole position and leading the race practically from start to finish.

Senna’s last victory also marked the farewell of rival Alain Prost from the tracks. Before retirement, during the podium celebrations, in an exemplary gesture of respect and sportsmanship, Senna invited Prost to step up to the highest step alongside him.

Another remarkable event of that weekend occurred after the race. Senna attended a concert by singer Tina Turner, who was performing in the city, and dedicated the song “Simply the Best” to the three-time champion.

Another memorable GP in Australia took place in 1991, also at the Adelaide circuit. Already with the season’s title in hand, Senna secured pole position and maintained the lead under heavy rain. After 16 laps and numerous accidents, the race was stopped, considered the shortest Formula 1 race ever.

Throughout his career, Senna achieved 2 victories in GPs and holds the record for pole positions on the former Adelaide street circuit, with fastest laps in 1985 (the circuit’s debut), 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1993.

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