As the world marks the 20th anniversary of Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna's death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, many wondered how the sport would have been like if he lived through his fatal accident. Would Michael Schumacher have been as dominant in the sport if Senna had been around, or would Senna have added more titles to his name?
While we'll never know the answer to those questions, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo believes that Senna would have retired from the sport wearing Ferrari's colors and driving one of their Formula 1 cars.
"He wanted to come to Ferrari and I wanted him on the team," Montezemolo told Ferrari.com. "When he was in Italy for the San Marino Grand Prix, we met at my home in Bologna on Wednesday, April 27. He told me he really appreciated the stand we had taken against the excessive use of electronic aids for driving, which didn’t allow a driver's skill to shine through. We spoke for a long time and he made it clear to me that he wanted to end his career at Ferrari, having come close to joining us a few years earlier. We agreed to meet again soon, so as to look at how we could overcome his contractual obligations at the time. We were both in agreement that Ferrari would be the ideal place for him to further his career, which to date had been brilliant, even unique. Unfortunately, fate robbed all of us of Ayrton and Roland Ratzenberger over one of the saddest weekends in Formula 1 history. Of Senna, I remember his kindness and his simple, almost shy, nature, which was in complete contrast to Senna the driver, a fighter always aiming for the best."
We can only dream about how the sport would have turned out if Senna didn’t die on that fateful day.