The Ayrton Senna fan festival in video

Jamie Woodhouse
Remembering Ayrton Senna: Five great stories.

Remembering Ayrton Senna: Five great stories.

The HEINEKEN F1 FESTIVAL – AYRTON SENNA TRIBUTE rolled into the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday, and it didn’t disappoint.

Mercedes and Renault were on-hand to provide some modern flair, while 1972 and 74 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi and fellow Brazilian Felipe Massa got the chance to drive some of Senna’s historic cars.

It was a fitting tribute as the world of motorsport celebrates Senna’s legacy 25 years on from his tragic death, and here was the pick of the action…

All was calm as we got a good look at Senna’s iconic black and gold Lotus 97T that took him to his first F1 victory in 1985.

That was until Fittipaldi got behind the wheel…

Then it was over to Massa who got the chance to take Senna’s first F1 car, the Toleman TG184, for a spin. No wonder he called it a “dream come true”.

Soon after the ex-Ferrari driver got his own chance to drive the Lotus 97T, flying the Brazilian flag with pride around the streets of his home town.

Renault brought the smoke to Sao Paulo…

Though Esteban Gutierrez reminded everyone why the doughnut has become the signature move of Mercedes in recent years.

The past and present had combined to pay tribute to arguably Brazil’s greatest national treasure.

Gutierrez described the experience as “emotional” as the occasion really sunk in.

Renault and Mercedes of course will be back in Sao Paulo in under a weeks time for the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.

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