On This Day: Senna Wins First Race

On this day twenty-five years ago, April 21st, young Ayrton Senna, who was 25 years old at the time, won his first of many Formula 1 races during the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix. Driving for Team Lotus. Senna captured pole over Alain Prost by four tenths of a second. During the race, the rain came, giving many drivers trouble, but it did nothing to slow down Ayrton. Ayrton dominated the race, beating second place Michele Alboreto by a full minute. He also lapped every car in the field other than Michele by at least one lap. A world class driver like Nigel Mansell finished two laps down. Many drivers, like Alain Prost, Gerhard Berger, and Keke Rosberg, did not finish because the conditions caught them out. But not Ayrton Senna. This race opened many eyes, as the future for Ayrton Senna was very bright.

Senna celebrates a victory (Photo credit not given)

-Matthew Hickey