Ayrton Senna Hand Signed The Greatest Lap in Formula 1 F1 Presentation AFTAL COA
Incredible presentation of Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna's Greatest Ever Lap in which he managed to lead the 1977 Donington Park Grand Prix, passing 5 cars in some of the worst conditions seen in the sport. This fantastic piece comes with pictures of the incredible race with a 1993 Europe GP race ticket hand signed by the Brazilian F1 Legend.
This incredible item comes double recess mounted in black & silver artboard in a pewter gallery frame measuring 77x62x2cm and includes a Certificate Of Authenticity from AFTAL members British Sports Museum.
The top image includes the following race description:
It was always going to be a momentous day. Since reopening the Donington Park circuit in 1977, driving force Tom Wheatcroft had pledged to bring Grand Prix racing back there for the first time since the Silver Arrows captured local imagination in the 1930s. On Sunday the 13th of April 1993 Mission was accomplished, when the European Grand Prix at Donnington Park.
The mood was bright, but the same could not be said of the conditions. The Williams-Renaults of Alain Prost and Damon Hill had dominated Saturday’s sun-dappled qualifying, but now things were distinctly British Racing Grey. Prost and Hill led away, while Ayrton Senna made an uncharacteristically sluggish start from row two and was scrapping for fifth place as the field scrambled through Redgate for the first time. When he reappeared at the same spot 90-odd seconds later, he led by several lengths. Where others wondered about grip on the greasy surface, he’d simply found it and sliced his way to the front. Such was the Brazilian’s lead that McLaren assumed Prost must have been off the road – which he hadn’t.
It was the opening gambit in a topsy-turvy, rain-affected afternoon during which pit stops were fumbled – and also made unnecessarily in the frequently changing conditions. Prost came in seven times (once with a puncture), Hill six and Senna five… although the latter didn’t actually stop during one of those, netting him fastest lap as an unforeseen consequence of Donington’s pit layout. A sticking left rear wheel cost Senna time during his third stop, but for most of the afternoon, he remained in firm control as he went on to win by more than a minute from Hill, with Prost a lapped third. Afterwards, the Frenchman listed all the things he felt had compromised his race. At that stage McLaren was using a customer Cosworth V8 to counter Williams’s Renault V10, so with comic timing, Senna turned to his nemesis and said, “Maybe you should change cars with me.”
It was Donington’s only post-war Grand Prix to date – and it lingers still in the memories of all who attended and is widely considered to be 'the greatest lap of all time'.