'Ayrton Senna will always be immortal' - Alonso
1 May 2014 – Ayrton Senna will always be immortal, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has said during a memorial event at Imola.
Alonso joined team-mate Kimi Räikkönen, Gerhard Berger, Jarno Trulli, Riccardo Patrese and a number of other drivers and fans at the circuit on Thursday to remember the Brazilian and Roland Ratzenberger – both of whom were killed over the San Marino Grand Prix weekend twenty years ago. The ceremony took place at Tamburello, scene of Senna's accident on May 1st, 1994.
"Senna was an idol for me," Alonso told ANSA. "I was a young kid. I was racing in karts, watching the news and seeing that it was always him winning in F1, with his yellow helmet. He was the one who struck me the most.
"I had his poster in my wardrobe. I didn't get the chance to meet him or race with him but seeing all these people at Imola today, who saw him race, is a testimony to how much of an impact he made.
"He will always be immortal."
Speaking at the Chinese Grand Prix last month, Alonso added: "Senna was an inspiration. I remember some of the races that we could see in the news in Spain, because we didn't have the TV coverage of Formula One [then]. But yeah, I remember I went to school – on my book, I didn't have [pictures of] girls, obviously I was too young to have girls on the book but I had Ayrton there and the same in my room.
"Even my first go-karts were in the colours of Ayrton's McLaren because my father also liked him. It was a very sad moment."