Ayrton Senna’s race suit from 1991 championship winning season set to sell for £30,000

May 1, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

The race suit worn by motorsport great Ayrton Senna during his 1991 championship winning season is expected to sell for more than £30,000 at auction.

Senna, who died 20 years ago this week, is regarded by many as the greatest racing driver of all time.

He was F1 World Champion on three occasions and wore this race suit as he stormed to victory for the final time in 1991.

This race suit worn by motorsport icon Ayrton Senna during his 1991 championship winning season is expected to sell for £33,000 at auction

This race suit worn by motorsport icon Ayrton Senna during his 1991 championship winning season is expected to sell for £33,000 at auction

This race suit worn by motorsport icon Ayrton Senna during his 1991 championship winning season is expected to sell for £33,000 at auction

The detail on the suit shows Senna’s name embroided in



The Brazilian, racing for McLaren, picked up 96 points during the season – winning seven of the 16 races.

He also finished on the podium a further five times to beat Nigel Mansell to the crown.

The red race suit has ‘Ayrton Senna’ embroidered across the belt and the likes of Shell, Marlboro, Honda and Hugo Boss are among the suit sponsors.

Senna died on May 1, 1994, after crashing his Williams F1 car during the San Marino Grand Prix.

His old race suit, which has a certificate of authentication, will be sold at RM Auctions’ Monaco sale on May 10.

It is being offered with an estimate of between £25,000 and £33,000.

The auction house said: “This race suit was worn by Senna throughout the 1991 Formula One season, when he won his third Drivers’ World Championship and McLaren-Honda won the Constructors’ Championship.

“It is accompanied by documentation that has been supplied from Ron Dennis, who was the team principal of McLaren when Senna was driving for them and who once had the suit in his personal collection.

“This suit has been preserved in wonderful condition, and it would be the centrepiece of any F1 memorabilia collection.”

Whilst Formula One played host to a number of legendary drivers in the 1980s and 1990s, none are more revered than the late Ayrton Senna.

The Brazilian was known for his tenacity and sensational skill on a wet track.

His ascent to superstardom began at the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, where he qualified 13th and finished 2nd in a brutal downpour.

He was seconds from catching race leader Alain Prost before the race was stopped due to the weather.

The following season he left Toleman for Lotus, before driving for McLaren from 1988 to 1993, during which he captured three Drivers’ Championship titles.

He was just 34 when he died at Imola.

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