This year is the 20th since the death of Formula One racing legend Ayrton Senna, and to mark the occasion British team Williams will run a special logo on its car throughout the 2014 season. Since Senna’s death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix in Italy, Williams has placed the iconic Senna double S logo on its cars as a mark of respect (the Brazilian had just joined the team and suffered his fateful crash in only the third race of the ‘94 season).
Now, to commemorate 20 years since his passing and to celebrate his legacy, Williams’ latest F1 car, the FW36, will be adorned with a new 20th anniversary Senna logo. As recently reported, it will also be wearing the famous Martini Racing livery this season.
Traditionally placed on the front wing struts of each Williams race car, the new logo will be placed on the left hand side of the FW36's nose cone and feature a picture of Ayrton alongside the words "Ayrton Senna Always". Designed by the Ayrton Senna Foundation, the logo will be present at a number of events organised for this year coming year.
"I was very close to Ayrton and the iconic double S logo has been a mainstay on our cars since his death 20 years ago,” Williams founder and team principal Sir Frank Williams said in a statement. “This new logo is our way of celebrating his achievements as a racing driver, and also the sterling work of his foundation which is doing so much to promote educational opportunities in Brazil."
Senna, who was 34 at the time of his death, had achieved three world championships, 41 wins and 80 podium finishes during his F1 career, which spanned almost a decade. Though there are drivers with better stats today, Senna is widely regarded by past and present racers the world around to be one of, if not the all-time, greatest to have taken a wheel in anger.