Exactly 20 years ago the world lost arguably the greatest figure in motorsports ever, Ayrton Senna. Now, for decades starting even before his passing many F1 fans have debated whether Senna really was the best driver ever or if that honor belonged to someone else like Michael Schumacher or Damon Hill. I have my own opinions on that as well but the thing about Ayrton is that he managed to make his story go far beyond just racing and I think that is what makes him unarguably the greatest figure in motorsports ever. Ayrton had a personal mission to uplift his country of Brazil, which was having its share of hardships during his time in F1. He also passionately wanted to uplift his people, especially the children of his country and help provide them with the means to a better education and overall a better future. When he was alive he donated massive amounts of money to various organizations that championed this cause. After his death his sister took on his mission and founded Instituto Ayrton Senna (IAS), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education for Brazil’s children.
To celebrate this legacy, Gran Turismo (who has a relationship with IAS) produced a short documentary called “Ayrton’s Wish”. Directed by Tamir Moscovici (the same director behind “KAZ: Pushing The Virtual Divide”), this documentary highlights how the IAS is still helping children become aware of their worth and realize their potential. It is a pretty great concept and worth the 20 minute run time. Watch it below!