LONDON — A brass plaque on a grassy circle in Sao Paulo’s Morumbi cemetery marks the last resting place of a man revered by many as Formula One’s greatest driver.
“Nada pode me separar do amor de deus” (“Nothing can separate me from the love of God”), reads the inscription below the name Ayrton Senna da Silva.
The Brazilian, a triple world champion, was 34 when he died after crashing in the San Marino Grand Prix at Italy’s Imola circuit.
Every sport has days that define it, and May 1, 1994, is seared into the soul of Formula One — a grim Sunday on a weekend that will be forever shrouded in sadness.
“God has had his hand over Formula One for a long time. This weekend, he took it away,” commented the late triple champion Niki Lauda.