Tomorrow’s Google Doodle Explained

Tomorrow, if you go on the Google start page, you will see a drawing of a man. He will look like a fairly ordinary man – not an iconic profile like Gandhi or Mandela or Martin Luther King. But he is no ordinary man.

March 21 would be Ayrton Senna‘s 54th birthday. May 1 will mark the twentieth anniversary of his death, while leading the Formula 1 San Marino Grand Prix.

Because it has been said so often, it is almost a cliché to say that Senna was one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. But it’s the truth. He won three Formula 1 championships, and raced for Lotus, McLaren and Williams. He remains a hero in his native Brazil, and in the racing community at large. I wish I could have seen him race in person. (The car in the photo at left was driven by his nephew, Bruno Senna, in the World Endurance Championship last year at Circuit of the Americas.)

The recent documentary Senna is available to watch instantly on Netflix. It is a fabulous documentary in and of itself, but especially enjoyable for racing fans. I think you will find it to be an hour and 45 minutes well spent.

Also, watch or re-watch this video, which includes footage of Senna and several of his quotes.

Viva o Senna.