F1 flashback: Senna’s last win, 20 years ago in Adelaide (VIDEO)

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Twenty years ago today marked the last of Ayrton Senna’s 41 career Formula One victories, the Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide.

Senna’s 1993 was a season of overcoming adversity. Compared to the all-conquering Williams-Renaults that swept 15 of 16 pole positions and all bar five victories (one at Monaco, pictured right), Senna had to make due with an at-times geriatric McLaren-Ford chassis that didn’t have factory engine support.

His win at Adelaide came after leading 74 of 79 laps from his only pole position of the year. It was an emotional podium with Senna winning over longtime rival Alain Prost, who retired after the race. Prost won the 1993 World Championship, the fourth in his own illustrious career. Eventual World Champion Damon Hill finished third.

Senna’s win was also the last for a car with an active suspension. Things came full circle for him as he won the 1987 Monaco Grand Prix in a Lotus-Honda, the first win with active suspension.

Besides Prost, Riccardo Patrese and Derek Warwick also retired after this race. Williams sponsors Canon and Camel also withdrew from the sport at the end of the year.

While there’s a plethora of “Senna Adelaide 1993” highlights on YouTube, here’s a quick three-minute clip from the race itself. Enjoy.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”