This is a great and extremely rare piece of memorabilia. This Brazilian flag has been hand signed by Ayrton Senna after his victory at the 1991 Brazil GP.
Ayrton Senna turned 31 two nights before the race, but he didn’t want to celebrate. The greatest gift he could receive would be his first victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix, better still at Interlagos, a racetrack which he helped redesign and which, until today, carries a corner with his name.
He went to bed early and dreamed. He dreamed that he raced alone and that he went faster and faster. He woke up smiling and went back to sleep. The dream came back dream, and now he was able to recognize the corners of the Interlagos track aboard his powerful McLaren.
In qualifying sessions, Senna witnessed the progress of the Williams team, who would present a challenge during the season with the duo Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese. But he was more competent than the English team and won pole position.
He started off confidently that Sunday. He studied every move he would make during the race to win for the first time at Interlagos. He reached lap 65 with no issues.
Suddenly, the third gear disengaged. Senna then tried unsuccessfully to put it into fourth. The gearbox was broken. No, it couldn’t end like this.
He had butterflies in his stomach. Later on, he couldn’t recall if he had prayed or used bad language at the time. Signs on the pit straight informed him that he only had six laps to go, and Senna was six seconds ahead of Patrese. He took and deep breath and thought:
“It’s going to work, it’s going to work.”
He drove for two more laps and saw his lead shrink to four seconds. To make matters worse, he lost fifth gear as well. This was the moment when he stopped looking at the signs and just accelerated, giving it all he could.
“I only returned to reality when I saw the finish line. Then I felt happy to be alive, to be in Interlagos, in my home land and with my happy compatriots. It wasn’t the greatest victory of my life, but one where I gave everything I had.”
Senna put forth such an effort that, exhausted, he couldn’t get out of the car. With some help, he stepped up to the highest spot on the podium and faced the crowd. It took everything he had to be able to lift up the trophy for the first time in Brazil.
“If this is the price I had to pay to win in Brazil, it was cheap. Thank you!”
1 Ayrton Senna
2 R. Patrese
3 N. Mansell
4 G. Berger
5 J. Alesi
6 A. Prost
7 N. Piquet
8 M. Gugelmin
9 S. Modena
10 B. Gachot
11 E. Bernard
12 E. Pirro
13 A. de Cesaris
14 R. Moreno
15 I. Capelli
16 S. Nakajima
17 A. Suzuki
18 T. Boutsen
19 J. Lehto
20 P. Martini
21 G. Morbidelli
22 M. Hakkinen
23 E. Comas
24 G. Tarquini
25 M. Blundell
26 M. Brundle
Senna in race
Points added to the Championship
Championship position after the race
What did he say after the race
“If this is the price I had to pay to win in Brazil, it was cheap. Thank you!”
1990 Ayrton Senna race used Stand 21 gloves signed
Ayrton Senna race gloves used during the 1990 USA GP in Phoenix. Each glove has been signed by A. Senna.
Photos coming soon.
1993 Ayrton Senna OMP race used balaclava signed
An original race used Stand 21 balaclava of Ayrton Senna during the 1993 season.
It is hand signed and dated by Senna.
A very collectable race worn item from one of the most successful driver in F1 history.
Accompanied by JSA certificate.
1991 Ayrton Senna Japan / Suzuka GP race used suit signed
This suit is not only rare, incredible but also exceptional. This suit has been used by Ayrton Senna during the 1991 Suzuka / Japanese GP. Needless to say that it is a podium suit.
Ayrton signed and dated the suit, BUT it has also been signed by:
Ron Dennis, former owner, CEO, chairman and founder of McLaren Group.
Joe Ramirez, Mexican author and retired employee of several sports car racing teams. From 1984 to 2001 Ramírez was coordinator of the McLaren Formula One team, including during the infamous Prost–Senna rivalry of the late-1980s.
Both signed the suit during the 1992 Silversone testing session.
The suit is very expensive.
Summary of the race:
For the fifth year in a row, the result of Suzuka’s race was going to determine the season’s world champion. Ayrton Senna was directly involved in four of those contests. In 1988 and 1990 the Brazilian ended up with the title. Only in 1989 Senna wasn’t champion. And, in 1991, there was an important difference: this time, his rival was Williams’ Nigel Mansell.
Senna had six victories in the season, four of them in the first four races of the year (USA, Brazil, San Marino and Monaco). Mansell had won five races, three of them in a row (France, UK and Germany). Ayrton Senna arrived in Japan 16 points ahead of Nigel Mansell. So even if he finished the race behind the Britton, Senna could win the championship and become a Formula 1 three-time champion before the last race, in Adelaide, Australia.
Senna managed a better position on the starting grid than the Williams driver. The McLaren cars dominated the first row, with Berger in pole position, with a time of 1min34s700, less than two tenths of a second faster than Senna. Mansell started in third.
Just like in Spain (the previous race), Senna’s tactic was to hold back and unnerve Mansell, while Berger could speed away to victory. If Berger won, even if Mansell passed Senna and finished second, the championship would be over.
At the start, all three of them kept their positions. By the 9th lap, Berger had a ten second lead over Senna, who held Mansell Back. On the 9th lap, the “Lion” gained on Senna, getting as close as possible to try to overtake him, but he overshot his approach. He pushed too hard at the circuit’s first corner and got stuck at the gravel trap. The Britton said goodbye to his chances.
The teamwork that had not worked out in the previous race produced the desired results this time: Senna knew how to deal with the pressure and held Mansell back as long as possible, making him act impulsively in search of a victory, when Berger already had a significant lead. The Brazilian driver won his third championship exactly at the corner where Senna and Prost crashed the previous year, giving Senna that title.
“I saw the whole thing through my rear view mirror and admit that I wasn’t sad.”
Senna then added to his sarcastic comment:
“In that moment I thought, ‘yes, now I can race the way I like to: in high gear and to win’. I was focused on the title. That was the opportunity I had been waiting for. There was no better way to win the world title than that: winning the Grand Prix as I did in 1988, in Japan. And I was just about to do so when (Ron) Dennis called me on the radio. I asked him to repeat the message and, once again, I couldn’t hear it very well. Then I decided to take my foot off the gas and let Berger pass.”
The request from the McLaren principal was exactly that, to reward Berger for his effort during the race and team camaraderie. The Austrian had never won for McLaren. The Brazilian driver hadn’t understood the message, but concluded:
“If I’d said I hadn’t understood the request, everyone would have believed it. But Berger gave a beautiful performance and deserved to win as much as I did.”
At the end of the Suzuka race, the focus was on Ayrton Senna. He had won the championship against a far superior car, bringing together talent, courage, and the maturity achieved through his years of racing experience. He had become a Formula 1 legend.
It was such a complete triumph that Mansell waited for Senna to climb out of the car, at the end of the race, to give the Brazilian a sincere and sportsmanlike hug. At 31 years old, Ayrton Senna had just become the youngest three-time champion in the history of Formula 1.
1984 Ayrton Senna signed Toleman-Hart TG184-2 rear wing
Here is an extremely rare wing comes from the The Ex-Ayrton Senna, ex-Stefan Johansson 1984 Ayrton Senna Toleman-Hart TG184-2
The wing displays the well known sponsor Segafredo Zanetti
Chassis no. TG184-02.
Chassis no. TG184-02. has been sold by Bonhams in 2018 for $1,655,000
Signed by Ayrton Senna and Stefan Johansson.
This is an incredible piece of history from the greatest driver of all time.
2001 Ayrton Senna official Paddocks F1 double side illuminated neon sign
This extremely rare and impossible to obtain sign is a 2001 Ayrton Senna official Paddocks F1 double side illuminated neon sign.
Only 2 signs built. It has been used during the entire 2001 F1 season, in the paddocks and for some VIP events promoting the Ayrton Senna legacy. It comes with its original wall mount brackets.
The sign displays the following sponsors:
The Ayrton Senna double side sign is 85 cm x 85 cm x 10 cm (34" x 34" x 4")
It is a fantastic and rare display piece for your office, showroom, garage or man's cave.