21 years after his death, the legacy of Ayrton Senna burns as brightly as ever

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As legacies in Formula 1 go, few can boast the same kind of effect or impact as that of Ayrton Senna.

Today marks the 21st anniversary of the Brazilian’s death at the San Marino Grand Prix, but his name and spirit continue to burn brighter than ever.

Just one day after the death of Roland Ratzenberger in qualifying at Imola, the F1 world was rocked as its biggest name suffered a fatal accident in the early stages of the race. It set the tone for seismic changes in safety standards for F1 and motorsport in general, with the results saving the lives of many a racing driver over the past two decades.

But Senna was so much more than just a racing driver. He was – and continues to be – a hero and an icon. The fact that three million people lined the streets of Sao Paulo for his state funeral in 1994 proves that his life and legacy had gone far beyond the confines of the F1 paddock and its wider community.

On Friday, thousands of tweets were sent out in memory of Senna, paying tribute to a driver that is regarded by many as the greatest of all time in F1. Furthermore, “Ayrton Senna” has remained towards the top of the worldwide trends for most of the day.

We may be 21 years down the line from that fateful day, but the legend of Senna burns as brightly as ever.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.