UPDATE: Google honors late F1 great Ayrton Senna on what would have been his 54th birthday — but not in U.S. or U.K.

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UPDATE: It would appear that the highly-touted Google Doodle honoring Ayrton Senna is being used only in certain countries on Friday, what would have been Senna’s 54th birthday. We checked out Google Canada, Google Mexico, Google Italy and Google Brazil and the Senna Doodles are there. Interestingly, the Doodles are not showing up in the U.S. or in the United Kingdom.

Besides being the world’s largest search engine, Google apparently is also a big fan of late Formula One great Ayrton Senna.

Google’s “Doodle,” which is what users see when they access the service’s main page, is typically used to commemorate holidays and events.

On what would have been Senna’s 54th birthday, Google will honor the legendary Brazilian driver Friday by devoting its Doodle, which will include an artistic drawing of him (see illustration), throughout the entire day.

A three-time F1 champion, Senna was tragically killed at the age of 34 in a violent crash in the San Marino Grand Prix on May 1, 1994. Senna was leading the race when his Williams open-wheel car ran off the track at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy, and into an unprotected concrete wall.

Investigators determined Senna was doing approximately 190 mph when his car left the track, but had slowed to about 135 mph upon point of impact.

According to The Independent in the United Kingdom, Senna’s profile in the Formula One Hall of Fame, includes this quote he gave earlier in the year that he died:

“I want to live fully, very intensely,” Senna said. “I would never want to live partially, suffering from illness or injury. If I ever happen to have an accident that eventually costs my life, I hope it happens in one instant.”

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