An event in honour of the late Ayrton Senna yesterday raised £72,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals charities in London.
The evening, which featured a panel of Formula 1 celebrities who recounted their memories of the Brazilian legend, was organised by Hexagon Modern Classics and hosted at the company’s premises in East Finchley.
Sky F1’s Natalie Pinkham quizzed the panel, which comprised ex-racers David Coulthard and Martin Donnelly, motor racing engineers Paddy Lowe and Dave Ryan as well as Manish Pandey, who wrote and produced the award-winning biopic of Senna’s life in 2010.
Coulthard said: “Ayrton Senna was one of those few exceptional people you are fortunate to meet in your life.”
Paddy Lowe recalled his time at Williams in the early 1990s when “trying to beat Ayrton and McLaren was like trying to overturn the Roman Empire”.
Manish Pandey remembered a nerve-wracking meeting with Bernie Ecclestone when he was making his acclaimed film. “We had to ask for more F1 footage but we had no more money," he recalled. "Bernie agreed.”