May 1st marks the 20th anniversary of Formula One’s darkest days.
It was on this day back in 199f that during the San Marino Grand Prix Brazilian three-time world champion Ayrton Senna died when he crashed his car in the early stages of the race.
He was 34-years-old.
Not only was it a dark day but a dark weekend.
The Friday before race day Jordan driver Rubens Barrichello hit a curb causing him to barrel roll and suffer multiple injuries including a broken nose.
The next day in qualifying Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger crashed head-on into a concrete barrier wall and later died from his injuries.
The biggest shock to the formula one community came on race day,though, when on lap seven Senna careered off the track at 310 kilometres an hour and straight into a concrete wall.
He was flown to hospital but was later declared dead.
Arguably one of the most talented drivers of his generation Senna won three world titles (1988, ’90 and ’91) whilst amassing 41 race wins.
His accident and death led to many race safety improvements including improved crash barriers and cuts to engine power.
As tributes are paid to Senna, the winner of that fateful Grand Prix continues to fight for his life.
It has now been exactly four months since 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in France which has left him in a coma.