Senna had no desire to become F1 team owner, claims biographer

The late, great Ayrton Senna’s biographer, Ernesto Rodrigues, believes that the three-time World Champion would still be involved in motorsport today had he lived – but not as an F1 team boss.

Senna would have been 56-years old on Monday, had he survived his crash in the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.

Senna’s birthday is still celebrated by his legion of fans, many of whom wonder what he would have gone on to achieve after his driving career. Brazil spoke with Ernesto Rodrigues, author of the book Ayrton: The Hero Revealed and the director of the documentary film Ayrton: Pictures and Memories.

“I couldn’t see Ayrton becoming a team owner or someone who became a director or executive of a team,” said Rodrigues, which is in stark contrast to the post-driving career of Senna's great rival Alain Prost.

“His personality was defined like: ‘Oh, I’m getting out of here and people will miss me’ – unlike others who are still there, such as Niki Lauda for example.”

When asked what he would likely have been doing instead, Rodrigues – who interviewed 240 people for his book and film – said: “Making money. He was very efficient at that.

“I believe that he would not be with a racing team, but would still be involved with motorsport.

“Maybe some big deal involving a brand. I believe he would've been involved with something like this today.”

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