Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has led the tributes to Ayrton Senna 25 years after the Brazilian driver's death.
Senna, regarded by many to be the greatest driver in Formula One history, was killed in an accident at the Italian circuit Imola, host of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. It was a tragic weekend that included the death of Roland Ratzenberger the day before in a crash during qualifying.
Senna won three world championships and was at the peak of his career when the accident happened, having finally secured a move to the dominant Williams team after years at McLaren. His death sent shockwaves through the racing world.
Of the current drivers, Hamilton, who has won five titles in his career, is often compared to his boyhood hero. He was one of many people to tweet a tribute to the Brazilian legend on Wednesday, while the team most synonymous with his career held a minute silence at the McLaren Technology Centre.
I remember sitting next to my Dad and watching you on the TV from the age 4 or 5. Ayrton, the way you raced captivated me from the beginning and drew me closer to this sport. You are a pure, out-and-out racer, a true master, a hero. You will live on for eternity 📷 @MSI_Images pic.twitter.com/QXhYJUtJBl— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) May 1, 2019
Racer. Hero. Legend.— Formula 1 (@F1) May 1, 2019
Twenty-five years on, we remember Ayrton Senna, an icon of our sport pic.twitter.com/L8PgUNt18M
A kind, generous and beloved soul.— Honda Racing F1 (@HondaRacingF1) May 1, 2019
Whether you've worked directly with him, grown up following him or know him from the pages of history - you know he not only touched this sport, but the world.
We remember Ayrton today, 25 years on. #SennaSempre pic.twitter.com/ynSjD3WMXm
Privileged to call Ayrton a teammate. Racing gives us a lot but often takes away too early #SennaSempre #ProudToBeMcLaren— Mika Häkkinen (@F1MikaHakkinen) May 1, 2019
1993 Japanese GP press conference video: https://t.co/MPsWiW7Dg3 pic.twitter.com/c75mKrEUu0
25 anos que passaram voando! Obrigado por deixar tantas boas memórias, lições e ainda viver nos nossos corações! 25 years went by flying! Thank you for leaving so many amazing memories, lessons and still being very much alive in our hearts! #SennaDay #SennaSempre #simplythebest pic.twitter.com/XN2tyj9rsP— Bruno Senna (@BSenna) May 1, 2019
Tributes were also paid to Ratzenberger on Tuesday.
Remembering Roland Ratzenberger, 1960-1994 pic.twitter.com/u1BG7jorB9— Formula 1 (@F1) April 30, 2019
25 years on... Today we remember Roland Ratzenberger.— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) April 30, 2019
Rest in peace, Roland. pic.twitter.com/h1qQ6xEfqH