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Random toughts of a Sports Lover…

Ayrton, the legend lives on.

It’s not often that a true legend in any sport plies his trade in one’s lifetime. I have been fortunate enough to have been able to follow Micheal Schumacher’s career from start to almost finish and there have been many time that I was proud to have witnessed a racing masterclass live. (On tv, though)

There are many others. Maybe one day those who have seen Victor Matfield play will say the same. At the moment it looks like Lionel Messi will achieve more than any other footballer before him. If only Argentina can manage a World Cup win or two during the next three tournaments he might also achieve legendary status. Just when nobody thought that anybody could surpass Pete Sampras’ achievements on the world’s tennis stage along came Roger Federer and Rafeal Nadal. Tiger Woods can also be slotted in here. Sashin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, John Eals, Zidane, the list goes on and on.

But, one of my biggest regrets in sport was being only ten years old on May 1st, 1994. The day Ayrton Senna fatally lost control of his Williams and crashed in the Imola GP. At 34 years old he still had the world at his feet and the F1 world was looking forward to at least three seasons of a new rivalry between Senna and the upcoming Shumacher. But it wasn’t to be. He still is the youngest triple world champion ever, he holds the record for most career pole positions as well as most consecutive pole positions. He truly was a great driver.

Being a Schumacher fan, I wont enter the debate on whether he was better than Senna. Senna’s death has changed the scene dramatically and the safety features introduced since then resulted in different driver strengths playing a part in achieving success.

While Senna was a more natural driver than Schumacher, Schumacher’s ability to aid the technical development of the team helped Ferrari achieve the dominance that made the FIA change the rules after 2004.

Like I said, I’m still gutted about the fact that I haven’t actually seen Senna work his magic on the F1 circuit, but I’m thankful for his being there at some point. It’s athletes like him that gives a sport credibility. He is the role model that today’s aspirant wonder boys can live up to and do their best the achieve the same level of greatness that he achieved.

Long live Senna!!!

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