F1: Sebastian Vettel to Drive Senna's 1993 McLaren MP4/8 at Imola Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel is set to honour the Brazilian Formula 1 icon, Ayrton Senna, by showcasing Senna's 1993 McLaren during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.

By Divyam Dubey | on May 2, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

At the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola, Sebastian Vettel will be driving the 1993 McLaren MP4/8 of the late great Ayrton Senna in tribute. It will be a special gesture since Senna lost his life 30 years ago at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994. After the Miami Grand Prix, F1 will head to Imola, where we anticipate more memorials to Senna. Owner of Senna's 1993 McLaren MP4/8 and four-time world champion, Vettel, has announced that he will drive the legendary vehicle on race day in Imola to honour one of his heroes.

Sebastian Vettel said on Instagram: 'Ayrton Senna was not only a driver who I valued highly for being one of the best racing has ever seen, but also a man of great compassion,” said Vettel. “It’s been 30 years since his accident and I would like to pay tribute to Ayrton. I will be in Imola for the Grand Prix to drive his car, the McLaren MP4/8. I hope to see you on Sunday, May 19.'

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Renowned for his profound understanding of Formula 1 history, Vettel owns Nigel Mansell's 1992 Williams FW14B and Senna's MP4/8. He has shown these legendary F1 vehicles several times since leaving Formula One in 2022. Apart from his racing history, Vettel is well-known for his environmental campaigning and support for biodiversity. Last year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, he demonstrated his dedication by running his historic Formula One vehicles on carbon-neutral biofuels under the slogan 'Race without a Trace'. He had previously shown off the Williams FW14B at Silverstone, underscoring his enthusiasm for sustainability and motorsport history.

F1: About McLaren MP4/8

McLaren MP48

When Honda stopped being their engine supplier in 1992, McLaren unveiled the MP4/8 with a Ford V8 engine. Nevertheless, the car was able to repeatedly challenge Alain Prost's Williams-Renault's dominance thanks to Ayrton Senna's brilliant handling.

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Five wins during the season helped Senna finish behind Prost in the championship. One of his outstanding achievements was winning the European Grand Prix at Donington in the rain, a victory regarded as one of the most memorable moments in Formula One history.

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