How the Senna myth has been transformed

How the Senna myth has been transformed

Public perceptions of Ayrton Senna have changed in the 25 years since his death, and myths around him have grown. Do some elements of how Senna has been deified actually do his legacy a disservice?

During the quarter of a century since the sickening image of the blue-and-white Williams striking the Tamburello wall was broadcast to a global audience of millions, Ayrton Senna has been transformed.

On May 1 1994 he was already a racing superstar, regarded justifiably by many as the greatest of his generation, but since then the name Senna has grown into so much more. It's a global brand, a name on countless T-shirts and caps in every corner of the globe that stands for something, even for those who've never so much as watched a racing car in anger.

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