Celebrating Senna's first Formula 1 victory: April 21, 1985

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Celebrating Senna's first Formula 1 victory: April 21, 1985

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Celebrating Senna's first Formula 1 victory: April 21, 1985

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Lotus Cars is observing the 35th anniversary of motorsports legend Ayrton Senna’s first Formula 1 victory — April 21, 1985 — with a 52-minute podcast interview with Senna’s mechanic on the day, Chris Dinnage.

Senna, then aged 25, was behind the wheel of a Lotus 97T at the Portuguese Grand Prix, and delivered a master class in extreme wet-weather driving for the hardy Estoril crowd. Such was the young Brazilian’s dominance that he lapped the entire field up to second place, finishing over a minute ahead of his nearest competitor.

In just his second race for Lotus, Senna took the first of 41 career F1 victories — six for Lotus — and a legend was born.

For the full story, including the link to a memorable podcast, log on to VintageMotorsport.com.

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