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Commemoration events to mark Senna's death

Brazilian lost control of his Williams on May 1, 1994 ending his life. Tomorrow it will 20 years.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ROME, April 30, 2014 (AFP) - A series of events have been planned this week to commemorate the death of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna who died on the Imola track 20 years ago.

The Italian circuit, where the Brazilian lost control of his Williams on May 1, 1994 when leading the San Marino Grand Prix, will open its doors to the public from May 1 to 4.

On April 30, there will be a memorial service to pay tribute to Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger who was also killed while taking part in qualifying at the same race, an accident that badly affected Senna at the time.

Visitors can take part in various kinds of races including karts, cars and bicyles while there will also be a presentation on current security in racing and Formula One.

There will be a series of tributes and a memorial for Senna, a three-time world champion, as well as a parade for the late Sao Paulo native who was 34 at the time of the accident.

Ayrton Senna death timeline

Friday, April 29
In the first qualifying session, Jordan driver Rubens Barrichello hits a kerb at the Variante Bassa corner at 140 mph (225 km/h). He is knocked unconscious while his car comes to rest upside down. After treatment at the Imola medical centre and Bologna's Maggiore Hospital, the Brazilian returns to the track nursing a broken arm and nose. He does not race over the weekend.

Saturday, April 30
Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger fails to negotiate the Villeneuve curva in his Simtek and crashes into a concrete barrier wall head-on. The force of the crash causes a basal skull fracture. Ratzenberger is airlifted to Maggiore Hospital where he dies from multiple injuries. It is the first Formula One race weekend fatality since the 1982 Canadian Grand Prix when Riccardo Paletti was killed.

Sunday, May 1
The start of the race sees the cars of Pedro Lamy and JJ Lehto collide on the grid leading to deployment of safety car to allow debris to be removed.
The cars proceeded under the safety car for five laps. On lap seven, Senna's Williams car leaves the track at 190 mph (310 km/h) at the Tamburello corner and careers into a concrete barrier. Senna is airlfited to Maggiore Hospital but he pronounced dead at 6:40pm local time.

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