Ayrton Senna da Silva; Today F1 fans and drivers collectively pay tribute to the Brazilian racing driver and three-time Formula One world champion. Senna often regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers to have raced. On May 1, 1994, in the San Marino Grand Prix, where his race-leading Williams inexplicably speared off the Imola track and hit the concrete wall at Tamburello corner. Senna is the most recent driver to die at the wheel of a Formula One car. March 21, 1960 – May 1, 1994 - R.I.P.