This week marks 25 years since the tragic passing of one of Formula 1’s greatest-ever stars, Ayrton Senna.
The charismatic Brazilian a 3-time F1 World Champion, one who gave it all on-track and off, in striving to be the best sometimes at all costs. His collisions with Alain Prost still infamous.
And while there will be a number of dedications made, including a Senna Day Festival at iconic track Interlagos on May 1st…
… the search continues for the next Brazilian Grand Prix star, with Felipe Massa the last, racing for Williams in 2017.
But there could be one on the grid as early next year, with current options including Haas reserve racer Pietro Fittipaldi, who is the grandson of two- time F1 World Champion Emerson…
The 22-year-old secured the Formula Renault BARC championship back in 2014, the 2015-16 MRF challenge, and Formula Renault 3.5 title. He’s already raced in IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing.
Another option is Belo Horizonte native Sérgio Sette Câmara, with the 20- year-old dovetailing his DAMS Formula 2 race drive this year with a test and development role with McLaren.
SOUNDBITE (English) SERGIO SETTE CAMARA
TEST & DEVELOPMENT DRIVER, McLAREN:
“I’m learning with the simulator guys how to give the feedback, how to work, and I’m getting up to speed quickly. I hope I can add to the team, and give back because I’ve already been learning so much."
Sette Câmara started in Brazilian Formula 3, before moving to the Toyota Racing Series and European F3. He joined F2 in 2017, finishing sixth last year and is now fifth in the standings after Baku.
But he must mark himself out as a contender against those ahead of him like race winners Luca Ghiotto, Jack Aitken and Nicholas Latifi. The trio dominating the podiums at F2 rounds so far.
It’s a no-holds-barred fight to become Brazil’s next F1 superstar, but one his whole nation is watching…as we remember one of the greats, Senna, lost well before his time.