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23 pics revisiting the life and tragic death of legendary Formula One driver Ayrton Senna

The Brazilian passed away on this day 20 years ago.

1. Three-year-old Ayrton Senna. The Brazilian would go on to win three Formula One world titles

Formula One Motor Racing - Ayrton Senna Source: EMPICS Entertainment

2. Senna, centre, holds up the winner’s crown after he won the Mercedes 190 E race in Nuremberg, Germany on 13 May, 1984 ahead of former world champion Niki Lauda

Germany Nuremberg Ayrton Senna Source: Udo Weitz

3. Senna pictured at the 1986 British Grand Prix  

Formula One Motor Racing - British Grand Prix - Brands Hatch Source: Duncan Raban/EMPICS Entertainment

4. Senna (sitting in car) and Satoru Nakajima launch the Honda-powered Lotus 99T, the company’s 1987 Formula One contender, at its Ketteringham Hall base

Motor Racing - Lotus Grand Prix Car Launch - Ketteringham Hall Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

5. Brazil’s Ayrton Senna, left, winner of the 1988 British Grand Prix appears to win the champagne dual on the winners podium, on 10 July, 1988, at Silverstone Circuit

England Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell Source: AP/Press Association Images

6. Senna holds up an umbrella at the 1988 British Grand Prix

Formula One Motor Racing - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

7. Senna answers questions from a reporter after practice for the Formula One Japan Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in central Japan, 29 October 1988

PA-17577986 Source: AP/Press Association Images

8. Senna watches events at the 1989 British Grand Prix 

Formula One Motor Racing - British Grand Prix Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

9. Former Formula One World Champion James Hunt (right) with Senna in 1991

Formula One Motor Racing Source: EMPICS Entertainment

10. Japanese industrialist Soichiro Honda, left, gives a thumbs-up of congratulations to Senna

SOICHIRO HONDA AND AYRTON SENNA Source: AP/Press Association Images

11. Senna pictured at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1993

Formula One - Monaco Grand Prix Source: EMPICS Sport

12. Senna celebrates his victory on the podium at the Australian Grand Prix 

Formula One Motor racing - Australian Grand Prix Source: EMPICS Sport

13. Ayrton Senna checks the monitor for the qualifying times ahead of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix

Formula One Motor racing - San Marino Grand Prix Source: EMPICS Sport

14. Senna crashes into the wall at the San Marino Grand Prix

Grand Prix - San Marino. Source: Press Association Images

15. Italy’s Nicola Larini, left, holds his head and Germany’s Michael Schumacher, right, wipes a tear from his eyes while talking with Benetton director-general Flavio Briatore, centre, on the podium following the San Marino Formula One Grand Prix crash in Imola, Italy

IMOLA FORMULA ONE GP Source: AP/Press Association Images

16. Medics treat Senna after hitting the wall at Tamburello

Formula One Motor Racing - San Marino Grand Prix - Imola Source: EMPICS Entertainment

17. Senna’s car is towed away from the scene at the San Marino Grand Prix

SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX Source: EMPICS Sport

18. Fans mourn the death of Ayrton Senna at the Imola circuit

Grand Prix - San Marino. Source: Press Association Images

19. Carrying the coffin with the remains of the late Ayrton Senna for burial are fellow race car drivers Emerson Fittipaldi, left and Gerhard Berger

PA-8662273 Source: AP/Press Association Images

20. Michael Schumacher drives past a tribute to Ayrton Senna

Formula One ... Ayrton Senna Tribute Source: EMPICS Sport

21. The grave of Ayrton Senna in Sao Paulo, Brazil 

Formula One - Ayrton Senna Grave Source: EMPICS Sport

22. A bronze statue of the Formula One legend 

Formula One Motor Racing - San Marino Grand Prix - Practice Source: Hochzwei/Press Association Images

23. People pass by a painting of Brazilian F1 champion Ayrton Senna in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, 30 April, 2004

BRAZIL - F1 - AYRTON SENNA Source: AP/Press Association Images

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