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Ayrton Senna’s Death: The Decline and Fall of Imola’s San Marino Grand Prix

For perhaps the first time since the period prior to Ayrton Senna’s death on 1 May 1994, Imola felt like a happy place on Thursday. Over 5,000 people flocked to the circuit for the first of a four-day tribute, which will see exhibitions, films, conferences, a football match, a charity dinner and car parades take place at the venue where the three-time Formula One World Champion died. The spring sunshine was complemented by an array of brightly coloured flowers surrounding the statue of Senna which sits peacefully and contemplatively behind Tamburello corner, the scene of the fatal accident. A few yards away, a board displaying Senna’s image on the wire fence at Tamburello invited the congregation to plant their signatures, almos...

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