Twenty years ago Ayrton Senna passed away during the San Marino Grand Prix held at Imola.

Twenty years ago Ayrton Senna passed away during the San Marino Grand Prix held at Imola.

It was exactly twenty years ago when Ayrton Senna da Silva died during a horrible accident in the third race of the 1994 Formula 1 season held at Imola for the San Marino GP. His crash was preceded by Roland Ratzenberger tragic passing during Saturday's qualifications. Senna immediately rushed over to the accident scene where FIA Medical Chief Professor Sid Watkins told him to retire from racing and go fishing. Unfortunately, Senna did not listen and a day later he had the same fate as Ratzenberger.

Ironically, the morning before his crash, Senna talked to Alain Prost about reestablishing the Grand Prix Drivers' Association as a move to improve F1 safety. As most of you know, the cause of the accident was related to a steering column failure on Senna's Williams FW16, a car designed by Adrian Newey.

Williams was accused of manslaughter but Patrick Head who was the team's technical director was not arrested because in Italy the statute of limitation for manslaughter is 7 years and 6 months and the final verdict was announced on April 13, 2007, approximately thirteen years after the crash.

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