As we mark 21 years since Ayrton Senna's tragic passing at Imola, the legendary driver is remembered by those who knew him.
Damon Hill - World champion, 1996; Senna’s team-mate at Williams in 1994
I only had such a brief amount of time working with Ayrton, but through all of it, I would say that he was a pretty serious guy.
I had read about him and studied his performances before I got to Formula 1, and then when he joined the team I spent a while trying to marry up the public image that had built up in my mind to the guy who was now sitting alongside me in the team truck. I have to say, they were pretty similar. I don’t think the guy had a mask, as such, but he was genuine to himself and that is the man that he was.
In terms of learning from Senna, I was at such a different level from him that it was hard for me to get too much out of a working relationship. I didn’t expect him to invite me around his house for tea – he wasn’t that kind of guy – but I did get an insight into what it was like to be such an established name in the sport, and the expectation that comes with that when you are a world champion.
But, from whatever the public have seen of him, I think he was pretty true to being that man, and that is a very valuable – and possibly unusual – quality.
Ian Harrison - Williams team manager at the time of Senna’s death
To begin with when Senna got to Williams, the relationship with him was a bit distant. You could tell that he was trying to weigh the place up – after all, he had been at McLaren for the previous six seasons.
I met him at the factory for the first time, and I remember him as very quiet and polite. He also seemed very down-to-earth.