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2014-04-29 15:17

TRIBUTE FOR A LEGEND: Italy's Imola circuit pays tribute to deceased F1 Ayrton Senna. The Brazilian driver is pictured winning the 1993 Brazilian GP on March 28, with third-placed Michael Schumacher behind. Image: AFP/JULIO PEREIRA

ROME, Italy - A series of events has been planned for May 2014 to commemorate the death of Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, killed on the Imola track on May 1 1994.

The Italian circuit, where Senna lost control of his Williams car while leading the San Marino Grand Prix 20 years ago, will open to the public from May 1-4 2014.

There will be a memorial service to pay tribute to Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger, killed during qualifying at the same track a day earlier, on April 30.


Visitors can take part in various kinds of races including karts, cars and bicycles and there will also be a presentation on safety and security in motorsport.

There will be a series of tributes and a memorial for Senna, three-times F1 World Champion, as well as a parade for the late Sao Paulo native who was 34-years-old when he died.


"His determination, perfectionism, sense of justice and patriotism made Ayrton a very special person to Brazilians," said Bruno Senna, who was 10-years-old when his uncle pasted away in a crash on May 1, 1994.

To the people of Brazil, the late Ayrton Senna was more than just a local hero, he personified his country.


It's been 20 years since Ayrton Senna's tragic death  at Imola. McLaren's Ron Dennis still struggles to speak about the special bond he and the Formula 1 great shared.

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