The motorsport community united to remember three-time F1 champion Ayrton Senna and also Roland Ratzenberger on their 25th death anniversary.
It is hard to forget the happenings of the weekend at Imola in 1994, when F1 went through one of its darkest phase, as it lost two drivers in a tragic on-track accident with Ratzenberger dying on April 30, with Senna on May 1 after crashing at the Italian circuit.
The two are remembered fondly every year, with the Brazilian more, considering the monumental achievements in his career and him being an important part of the F1 history. The year 2019 marks the 25th death anniversary of the two fallen F1 racers.
Messages flocked from all corners of the world for the F1 drivers in their remembrance on social media – which has indeed become a huge medium for fans, pundits, drivers and teams to come together in grief – and also in joy – on such occasions.
Here are some of the key personnel and teams, who remembered Senna fondly:
We all have memories of the best driver of all times because of his victories on track or his example of determination.
We invite all fans to participate of the honour #MeuAyrton, which will celebrate Brazilian hero. Share the honour in social media with the hashtag #MeuAyrton. pic.twitter.com/qZSdS2i33A
— Ayrton Senna (@ayrtonsenna) May 1, 2019
Racer. Hero. Legend.
Twenty-five years on, we remember Ayrton Senna, an icon of our sport pic.twitter.com/L8PgUNt18M
— Formula 1 (@F1) May 1, 2019
— Mika Häkkinen (@F1MikaHakkinen) May 1, 2019
I remember sitting next to my Dad and watching you on the TV from the age 4 or 5. Ayrton, the way you raced captivated me from the beginning and drew me closer to this sport. You are a pure, out-and-out racer, a true master, a hero. You will live on for eternity 📷 @MSI_Images pic.twitter.com/QXhYJUtJBl
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) May 1, 2019
— Jean Todt (@JeanTodt) May 1, 2019
A kind, generous and beloved soul.
Whether you've worked directly with him, grown up following him or know him from the pages of history – you know he not only touched this sport, but the world.
— Honda Racing F1 (@HondaRacingF1) May 1, 2019
— West Surrey Racing (@Official_WSR) May 1, 2019
My thoughts are with Ayrton today, and of course Roland who we lost on the same weekend.
— Nigel Mansell CBE (@nigelmansell) May 1, 2019
— Damon Hill (@HillF1) May 1, 2019
— Alfa Romeo Racing (@alfaromeoracing) May 1, 2019
"25 years ago, we lost an exceptionally talented individual and a dear friend. I have many fond memories of the achievements we accomplished together – deeply missed but never forgotten."#AyrtonSenna #Gordonmurray #SennaForever pic.twitter.com/zGlEGeyINy
— Gordon Murray Design (@PlanetGMD) May 1, 2019
Me hubiera encantado compartir pistas contigo. Por tu forma de ser dentro y más fuera de las pistas hiciste que fueras mi único ídolo y modelo a seguir en el deporte! Gracias Ayrton. #elmásgrande pic.twitter.com/2rdkwOM1qI
— Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) May 1, 2019
Hard to believe the legend has been gone for 25 years. It's still surreal to think I had the honour to sit in the same seat just a couple years ago. #SempreSenna #Senna #Formula1 pic.twitter.com/JCd3IN50aZ
— Stoffel Vandoorne (@svandoorne) May 1, 2019
— Jorge Lorenzo (@lorenzo99) May 1, 2019
Today we pay our respects to Ayrton Senna, who we lost 25 years ago on this date.
— Donington Park (@DoningtonParkUK) May 1, 2019
"He had the traits that are seen in many of the great leaders – which is a relentless focus on perfection and improvement."
Icon. Hero. Legend.
— Laureus (@LaureusSport) May 1, 2019
25 anos que passaram voando! Obrigado por deixar tantas boas memórias, lições e ainda viver nos nossos corações! 25 years went by flying! Thank you for leaving so many amazing memories, lessons and still being very much alive in our hearts! #SennaDay #SennaSempre #simplythebest pic.twitter.com/XN2tyj9rsP
— Bruno Senna (@BSenna) May 1, 2019
The 25th anniversary of when many of us lost a hero, and F1 lost it's biggest icon – a date that I've spent much of the last year working to celebrate.
Unveiling my 25th anniversary portrait.
— Paul Oz (@PaulOz) May 1, 2019
Check out Senna family gifting Pope Francis a bronze sculpture of Ayrton
The 2019 F1 game will feature the fight between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna