10 May 2014

Lot 104

1991 Ayrton Senna F1 Race Suit

To be auctioned on Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sold for €55.575

  • Worn by Formula One legend Ayrton Senna throughout the 1991 season

Whilst Formula One played host to a number of legendary drivers in the 1980s and 1990s, none are more revered than the late Ayrton Senna.

Senna, who was known for his tenacity and sensational skill on a wet track, began his ascent to stardom at the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, where he qualified 13th and finished 2nd in a brutal downpour, mere seconds from catching race leader Alain Prost before the race was stopped due to the weather. The next season, he left Toleman for Lotus, before driving for McLaren from 1988 to 1993, during which he captured three Drivers’ Championship titles.

This race suit was worn by Senna throughout the 1991 Formula One season, when he won his third Drivers’ World Championship and McLaren-Honda won the Constructors’ Championship. It is accompanied by documentation that has been supplied from Ron Dennis, who was the team principal of McLaren when Senna was driving for them and who once had the suit in his personal collection. This suit has been preserved in wonderful condition, and it would be the centrepiece of any F1 memorabilia collection.

  • Portée par la légende de la Formule 1, Ayrton Senna, pendant la saison 1991

Dans les années 1980 et 1990, la Formule 1 a vu passer de nombreux pilotes de talent, mais aucun ne connaît la dévotion dont bénéficie aujourd'hui le regretté Ayrton Senna.

Connu pour sa ténacité et son talent fantastique sur une piste mouillée, Senna a commencé son ascension au Grand Prix de Monaco 1984 : après s'être qualifié avec le treizième temps, il a signé la deuxième place à l'arrivée, à quelques secondes derrière Alain Prost qui était en tête avant que l'épreuve ne soit interrompue à cause du mauvais temps. La saison suivante, Senna quittait Toleman pour Lotus, avant de piloter pour McLaren de 1988 à 1993, remportant alors trois titres de Champion du Monde de Formule 1.

Cette combinaison de course a été portée par Senna au cours de la saison Formule 1 1991, pendant laquelle il a gagné son troisième titre de Champion du Monde et l’année où McLaren-Honda a remporté le titre de champion constructeur. Elle est accompagnée d'une documentation fournie par Ron Dennis, qui était directeur de l'écurie McLaren lorsque Senna en faisait partie, et qui a possédé cette combinaison dans sa propre collection. Elle a été préservée en très bon état, et peut constituer la pièce maîtresse d'une collection consacrée aux objets de la Formule 1.


Please note that this suit may not have been worn by Ayrton Senna at the 1991 Monaco Grand Prix. However, as confirmed by its Certificate of Authenticity from McLaren, it was worn by Senna during that season.
Veuillez noter que cette combinaison de course n’était pas portée par Ayrton Senna au Grand Prix de Monaco 1991. Toutefois, comme le confirme le certificat d’authenticité fournie par McLaren, elle était portée par Senna pendant cette saison.

Alain Squindo

Detroit, Michigan

Alain Squindo joined RM Auctions in 2007, after graduating from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in History. R... read more

Alex Classick

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Alex Classick joined RM Europe in 2011 as a car specialist, after graduating from Nottingham University with a degree in Business Mana... read more

Alexander Weaver

+1 310 559 4575
California, USA

Alexander Weaver joined RM Auctions in 2011 as a car specialist, after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born into ... read more

Annette Abaci

+49 (0) 40 441 95 737

With post-secondary degrees in Economic Science and Mechanical Engineering, Annette Abaci initially worked part-time at Mercedes-Benz ... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a senior car specialist, after more than a decade in the collector car hobby... read more

Dan Warrener

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Possessing a degree in Economics from Brandon University, Dan Warrener spent the initial stages of his career working around the globe... read more

Don Rose

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don Rose joined RM Auctions in 2006, after many years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputatio... read more

Donnie Gould

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, USA

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord joined RM Auctions in 1998, initially responsible for the transportation and logistics of the company’s auction and restora... read more

Ian Kelleher

+1 310 559 4575
New York, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College, with a B.A. in Politica... read more

Jack Boxstrom

+1 818 703 2816
Ontario, Canada

Jack Boxstrom joined RM Auctions in late-1996 to assist with the recently acquired, and subsequently record-breaking, auction in Monte... read more

Max Girardo

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Max Girardo started his career in the vintage automobile industry in 1998, joining Brooks Auctioneers (now Bonhams) as a car specialis... read more

Mike Fairbairn

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Auctions, Mike Fairbairn has a longstanding interest in the classic car industry. Graduati... read more

Peter Wallman

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007, following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, read more

Rob Myers

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As chairman and founder of the RM Group of Companies, Rob Myers’s entire career has been devoted to the classic car industry. Ro... read more

Shelby Myers

+1 310 559 4575
California, USA

Shelby Myers literally grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to w... read more

Vinnie Mandzak

+1 310 559 4575
California, USA

Vinnie Mandzak joined RM Auctions’ California office in 2012 as a car specialist, following more than 30 years’ experience... read more