Senna Sempre: Lotus celebrates 35th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s first Formula 1 win

Behind the wheel of a Lotus 97T was Ayrton Senna, just turned 25 years old. Describing the raw emotion of the weekend and the Lotus that catapulted Senna to stardom, Dinnage says: “Ayrton hadn’t tested the car in the wet – that was the first time he’d driven in those conditions. Dinnage: “I’ve never met anyone else like him.” In the race, Senna got off the line well and led a Lotus 1-2 after the first lap. Today, the actual Lotus 97T in which Senna won at Estoril is owned and maintained by Classic Team Lotus.

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