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'Ayrton Senna, British Grand Prix, 1985' NFT

Ayrton Senna will forever remain one of the greatest F1 legends to have ever graced a racetrack. Even nearly 30 years after his tragic death, Senna’s name and reputation still carries mythical status far beyond the worlds of F1 and motorsports. This 1985 image picks out the key characteristics of the future champion in just his second year in F1, focused, expectant, already a GP winner. Now at the JPS Team Lotus, his race suit in the iconic black and gold colours, still with his loyal Brazilian bank sponsor’s cap, Senna in the Lotus 97T had technical troubles and classified 10th here at Silverstone.

Senna had burst upon the Grand Prix scene in 1984, after triumphing in the 1983 British Formula 3 championship, winning a drive in the Toleman Hart turbo car and coming so close to a stunning debut win in the rain-shortened, half points, Monaco GP. Scoring 10 more points in an unreliable car in that first season, joint 9th (with Mansell) in the World Drivers Championship (‘WDC’), was enough to ensure Ayrton had team options for 1985, and he signed for the multiple champion team at JPS Lotus based in Norfolk, England.

1985 was Ayrton’s breakthrough year, teamed alongside the stylish and highly-rated Italian, Elio de Angelis who had finished 1984 3rd in the WDC, with Senna’s first GP win, in the rain in Portugal and then a second F1 victory at Spa in Belgium. That was enough for 4th in the 1985 WDC, impressively ahead of team-mate de Angelis with a total of 38 points, just behind Prost, Alboreto and Rosberg.

Into 1986, Ayrton’s ruthless determination to build a team around him led to driver line-up changes, with de Angelis fatefully moving to Brabham, and the addition at JPS Lotus of the ex-Formula 3 winner Johnny Dumfries. As team leader Senna enjoyed triumphs in Spain and the US, as well as 4 seconds and 2 thirds for a total of 55 WDC points, 4th behind Prost Mansell and Piquet – now a real contender for his first world title.

Our NFT image from 1985 at Silverstone shows the future champion at a key formative stage in his superb career, in the early stages of his relationship with Lotus, and not yet the top international sporting star but well aware of his gifts, and focused in a way that few ever were among his rivals.

Through 1986 and 1987, Senna remained with the Lotus team, by now perhaps a little past their best, as Williams and McLaren began their epic years at the top, but with Senna in your car, anything remained possible. The 1986 reward was 4th, in the championship and in 1987, 3rd on 57 points, From then on, the world came to associate Ayrton Senna’s career most of all with the red and white Marlboro McLarens, and his World Drivers Championships in 1988 (8 victories) laid down the new rule – Senna as a global star. Those years are also associated with the remarkable Prost-Senna rivalry, with the Frenchman winning in 1989 and then Ayrton’s second (6 wins and 500 laps led over his rival’s 128 laps) 1990 championship, and the third title (6 wins and 96 points) in 1991. By that time, the two multiple champions were not on speaking terms, a situation only ended in 1994.

The image in our NFT shows Ayrton Senna in mid-1985, well on his way to those future triumphs, but still not the final finished ‘product’. But even then, he knew what he would achieve, never doubted it – he was to become not just a national hero in Brazil, but a true global star, whose name and legend will be revered for as long as people race automobiles.

Original image source copyright ©2022 The National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu, England

Welcome to Podium Legends

Podium Legends, in exclusive partnership with the UK's National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, capture the golden era of motorsports, from the ever-present dangers of the 50’s, when titans like Fangio, Moss and Clark fought for glory over money, to the boom years in the 80’s, with racing icons like Senna, Prost, Piquet & Mansell.

Based upon their rarity and historical importance only 1,700 carefully curated photographs, items or films will be selected for minting from over 1.7 million items contained in the world-renowned National Motor Museum photo & film archive.

Own Motorsport History.....

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Podium Legends Collection # 1

'Ayrton Senna, British Grand Prix, 1985' NFT

Ayrton Senna will forever remain one of the greatest F1 legends to have ever graced a racetrack. Even nearly 30 years after his tragic death, Senna’s name and reputation still carries mythical status far beyond the worlds of F1 and motorsports. This 1985 image picks out the key characteristics of the future champion in just his second year in F1, focused, expectant, already a GP winner. Now at the JPS Team Lotus, his race suit in the iconic black and gold colours, still with his loyal Brazilian bank sponsor’s cap, Senna in the Lotus 97T had technical troubles and classified 10th here at Silverstone.

Senna had burst upon the Grand Prix scene in 1984, after triumphing in the 1983 British Formula 3 championship, winning a drive in the Toleman Hart turbo car and coming so close to a stunning debut win in the rain-shortened, half points, Monaco GP. Scoring 10 more points in an unreliable car in that first season, joint 9th (with Mansell) in the World Drivers Championship (‘WDC’), was enough to ensure Ayrton had team options for 1985, and he signed for the multiple champion team at JPS Lotus based in Norfolk, England.

1985 was Ayrton’s breakthrough year, teamed alongside the stylish and highly-rated Italian, Elio de Angelis who had finished 1984 3rd in the WDC, with Senna’s first GP win, in the rain in Portugal and then a second F1 victory at Spa in Belgium. That was enough for 4th in the 1985 WDC, impressively ahead of team-mate de Angelis with a total of 38 points, just behind Prost, Alboreto and Rosberg.

Into 1986, Ayrton’s ruthless determination to build a team around him led to driver line-up changes, with de Angelis fatefully moving to Brabham, and the addition at JPS Lotus of the ex-Formula 3 winner Johnny Dumfries. As team leader Senna enjoyed triumphs in Spain and the US, as well as 4 seconds and 2 thirds for a total of 55 WDC points, 4th behind Prost Mansell and Piquet – now a real contender for his first world title.

Our NFT image from 1985 at Silverstone shows the future champion at a key formative stage in his superb career, in the early stages of his relationship with Lotus, and not yet the top international sporting star but well aware of his gifts, and focused in a way that few ever were among his rivals.

Through 1986 and 1987, Senna remained with the Lotus team, by now perhaps a little past their best, as Williams and McLaren began their epic years at the top, but with Senna in your car, anything remained possible. The 1986 reward was 4th, in the championship and in 1987, 3rd on 57 points, From then on, the world came to associate Ayrton Senna’s career most of all with the red and white Marlboro McLarens, and his World Drivers Championships in 1988 (8 victories) laid down the new rule – Senna as a global star. Those years are also associated with the remarkable Prost-Senna rivalry, with the Frenchman winning in 1989 and then Ayrton’s second (6 wins and 500 laps led over his rival’s 128 laps) 1990 championship, and the third title (6 wins and 96 points) in 1991. By that time, the two multiple champions were not on speaking terms, a situation only ended in 1994.

The image in our NFT shows Ayrton Senna in mid-1985, well on his way to those future triumphs, but still not the final finished ‘product’. But even then, he knew what he would achieve, never doubted it – he was to become not just a national hero in Brazil, but a true global star, whose name and legend will be revered for as long as people race automobiles.

Original image source copyright ©2022 The National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu, England

Welcome to Podium Legends

Podium Legends, in exclusive partnership with the UK's National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, capture the golden era of motorsports, from the ever-present dangers of the 50’s, when titans like Fangio, Moss and Clark fought for glory over money, to the boom years in the 80’s, with racing icons like Senna, Prost, Piquet & Mansell.

Based upon their rarity and historical importance only 1,700 carefully curated photographs, items or films will be selected for minting from over 1.7 million items contained in the world-renowned National Motor Museum photo & film archive.

Own Motorsport History.....

Contract Address0x495f...7b5e
Token StandardERC-1155
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