Vettel to pay tribute to Senna with McLaren MP4/8 run at Imola


Sebastian Vettel will pay a fitting tribute to the great Ayrton Senna later this month at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola when he gets behind the wheel of the late Brazilian’s race winning McLaren MP4/8.

Today, May 1, marks the 30th anniversary of Senna’s tragic passing at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. While his life was cut short far too soon, his charismatic persona, exceptional talent and steely determination left an indelible mark on Formula 1.

Senna’s daring spirit and remarkable achievements on the track continue to captivate and inspire countless individuals, including fellow F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel who took advantage of Wednesday’s commemorations to announce his special return to the track at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

The German driver will be present at Imola to pay his respects to the driver he deeply admires.

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Taking the wheel of Senna's 1993 championship-contending McLaren MP4/8 signifies a profound gesture of respect and a chance to reconnect with the legacy of a true racing legend.

“Ayrton Senna was not only a driver who I valued highly for being one of the best racing has ever seen, but also a man of great compassion,” said Vettel. “It’s been 30 years since his accident and I would like to pay tribute to Ayrton.

“I will be in Imola for the Grand Prix to drive his car, the McLaren MP4/8. I hope to see you on Sunday, May 19.”

While Vettel officially hung up his F1 helmet at the end of 2022, his popularity among fans remains undiminished.

Following a recent endurance test with Porsche, the 36-year-old German driver has acknowledged the potential allure of returning to the pinnacle of motorsport.
Porsche has hinted at the possibility of including Vettel in its driver-line-up for next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours event.

“It was great to work with him and see how he joined the team,” commented Porsche Motorsport boss Thomas Laudenbach. “Very positive, but we have not decided anything about what is to come. We are talking about it.”

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