What we miss most

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Due to an unfortunate series of events, the current history of motorsport is orphaned of figures whose charisma could influence the course of things. (fm)

Ayrton Senna was probably the first true, convinced testimonial for karting as a necessary step for anyone wishing to pursue a career in racing.

Aware of how mastering an extreme vehicle like a kart could then be valuable on the path towards the huge power of Formula 1 – then as well as today – he didn't hesitate to talk about go-karts whenever he had the chance. At the same time, the Brazilian loved the sport of karting itself. He loved it for what it represented in his personal history (whether he won World Championships or not, it's relatively unimportant in this context) and for the joy it could bring in itself, beyond any professional ambition. He practiced it whenever he could, had his own circuit where he enjoyed himself with his closest friends. In short, there's no need to look far to see that Ayrton loved our sport.

This is the Senna we miss, because everyone naturally thinks of Ayrton in the context that is closest to them among the many. Of course we miss the F1 Champion, we miss the one who achieved impossible pole positions and ‘lap of the Gods’ in Donington '93, like everyone else, but we miss particularly the Senna who loved karting, the Senna who today, let's imagine, more than launching his kart new brand, would have had his say on many aspects of managing and governing the sport. He would have said relevant things, and we are convinced that those things would have carried weight.

Along with Michael Schumacher, with whom he eventually became great friends, he would certainly have visited kart circuits on the occasion of the most important races and probably would not have limited themselves to handing out medals to children and then taking photos while shaking hands; we are sure they would have said something sensible, having experienced karting in a more accessible dimension. No one would have had the courage to say that they were just nostalgic...


Created by: fmarangon2 - 30/04/24

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