Monte Carlo

Setting the Circuit de Monaco, april 2014 Foto: Jeanina Santiago

Monte Carlo, host for the Monaco Grand Prix, is an annual Formula One motor race held one week in May since 1929.

I am not really interested in motor sport, but of course, I know that Monaco Grand Prix is a prestigious international race.

The race course is laid on the streets of Monte Carlo. It is one of the more challenging race tracks in Formula One.

Monte Carlo and Formula One remind me of the Brazilian racer Ayrton Senna, who won Monaco Grand Prix more than any other driver. I watched a documentary about him, “Senna”, which gave me a glimpse and understanding of the sport, its regulations and difficulties, and the goals and ambitions of the racers.

If I were Senna, I would’ve settled being a three time World Champion. But perhaps he did not find satisfaction in giving up racing. Perhaps he had no fear of death┬ábecause he had no children to worry about?

Had he retired, he could still be alive and enjoying the fruits of this three-time victory…Or perhaps there was no joy in doing just that?

I feel sad for the loss of Senna. But then again, through his death, a committee to control safety for Formula One drivers was established. There was no fatality in the track since his death.

And in his name his sister founded a grant that helped finance the education of around 12 million underprivileged children in Brazil.

In a positive light, he did not die in vain.

Senna is one the greatest drivers in the history of automobile sport. He died in 1994, 20 years ago, only 34 years old.

This is my tribute to you, Ayrton Senna, pride of Brazil.