Zoom in: Ayrton Senna's career in pictures

As AUTOSPORT International prepares to celebrate the life of Ayrton Senna with a mouth-watering display of cars from his racing career, we take a pictorial look back over his achievements

Senna first made his name on the European scene in Formula Ford 1600 in the UK in 1981

  • Senna first made his name on the European scene in Formula Ford 1600 in the UK in 1981
  • The future legend initially announced that he was retiring from racing and returning to his native Brazil after 1981, but ultimately came back and blitzed Formula Ford 2000, before adding the 1983 British Formula 3 title
  • Senna's F1 debut came with the Toleman team in 1984. This shot shows his maiden grand prix in Brazil that year.
  • The unwieldy Toleman TG183B was a tough machine for an F1 newcomer. Senna retired with turbo problems in his first race but finished sixth next time out at Kyalami
  • The highlight of Senna's F1 rookie season was undoubtedly his shock near-victory in Monaco
  • Between F1 outings in 1984, Senna also joined Henri Pescarolo and Stefan Johansson to race Joest's Porsche in the Nurburgring 1000kms. It was Senna's only World Sportscar appearance, and the trio finished eighth after losing 10 laps in the pits with a clutch problem
  • Senna at Zandvoort in the 1984 Toleman
  • Senna moved to Lotus for 1985, and is shown here in his first race for the team at Rio
  • Senna's maiden grand prix victory came in only his second start for Lotus, as he dominated at a very wet Estoril, to the delight of team manager Peter Warr
  • Senna in action in the 1985 French Grand Prix, where he was delayed by being stuck in third gear and later crashed when his engine failed spectacularly
  • Senna finished third in Monaco in 1986
  • Senna managed two wins in the 1987 Lotus, the second of them in Detroit
  • While Williams duo Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet fought a famous battle for victory at Silverstone in 1987, Senna - seen here leading Michele Alboreto's Ferrari - came third
  • On the way to fourth place in the 1987 Austrian GP
  • In 1988, Senna switched to McLaren, which utterly dominated the season, allowing him to overcome team-mate Alain Prost and win his first F1 championship. This picture shows the Brazilian in action during the British GP weekend
  • Monza would be the scene of McLaren's only defeat that season, but Senna was within sight of victory before tripping over a backmarker
  • Prost came out on top in the 1989 title battle, but it was a close-run affair, with Senna winning six races including Monaco
  • By now Senna's mastery of the famous street circuit was firmly established
  • By 1990, Senna was clearly number one at McLaren, with Prost having moved to Ferrari
  • Senna speeds towards victory in the 1990 Italian GP
  • Senna would go on to win a second title in 1990, though at Estoril - scene of this picture - he had to settle for the runner-up spot behind Mansell
  • Senna's final title came in 1991. This shot was taken in Phoenix, where he started the season with another United States GP win
  • Another Monaco victory gave Senna four wins from the first four races of 1991
  • Senna had the crown wrapped up before arriving in Adelaide for the season finale, which proved to be the shortest race in world championship history as torrential race forced it to be abandoned after just 14 laps
  • Mansell's all-conquering Williams was just too quick to beat to the 1992 title, but Senna held him at bay in Monaco to secure another win on the streets
  • Senna's 1992 campaign would end with a controversial collision with Mansell in Adelaide
  • Williams again dominated in 1993 - this time with Prost - but Senna fought gallantly. Donington Park saw him win in fine style in the wet, though this picture shows him coming over a crest in the dry part of the weekend
  • Senna in action in the 1993 Portuguese GP, from which he retired with a blown engine
  • Senna's association with Williams in 1994 would prove tragically brief. At home in Brazil, his debut for the team ended in a spin while chasing Michael Schumacher's Benetton
  • The following race at Aida was also a disappointment. Seen here on the way to pole, Senna would be taken out of the race at the first corner by Mika Hakkinen
  • Senna in his final grand prix weekend, at Imola in 1994