The time I sat in Ayrton Senna's 1991 Marlboro F1 car

It was when I realised he wasn't the tallest man ever

5w ago

Today is my 21st birthday and I have found myself looking through old photos as we are currently in lockdown here in the UK, so there isn't much else to do other than eat cake and get sloshed.

Of the photos I have looked through, I found these two images from 2007 when I took a day trip to the Brooklands museum down in Surrey. As I was only seven-years-old, I don't think I truly understood this day, but all I do remember is thinking how cool it was.

Among other cars I saw this day, the one which really sticks in my mind is this little red and white F1 car which was driven by Senna himself back in 1991. I don't think you're normally meant to sit in this car, but the kind man on duty at the time allowed me to do so and it was amazing.

As you can see from my face, I was one happy chap indeed. I remember the footwell being incredibly short (I was a tall kid) and I also remember just how odd the seating position of an F1 driver was.

I was also really taken back by the immense number of controls on the steering wheel. I didn't dare press any but holding the same steering wheels Senna held was enough for me.

What a day that was and one I will never forget. Much like I will never forget one of the greatest racing drivers ever to live.

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Comments (26)

  • When Senna saw you sitting where he sat:

      1 month ago
  • Happy birthday yer whippersnapper

      1 month ago
  • Lucky! Happy birthday!

      1 month ago
  • The time I got behind the wheel of Senna‚Äôs F1 car @tribe

      1 month ago
  • Senna used to wee in the cockpit.

      1 month ago