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Vital Statistics - Ayrton Senna edition

02 May 2014

Did you know that Ayrton Senna spent 36 percent of his Formula One racing career in first place, or that he holds the record for the most wins in Monaco?

As the Formula One community marks 20 years since his untimely death this week, we uncover the key facts and figures behind the great Brazilian’s illustrious career…

Grand Prix starts: 161 (tied for 26th all-time)

Teams raced for: Four (Toleman, Lotus, McLaren, Williams)

World championships: Three (1988, 1990, 1991)

Wins: 41 (third all-time)

Win percentage: 25.46 percent

Most wins in one season: Eight (1988)

Most consecutive wins: Four (1988, 1991)

Pole positions: 65 (second all-time)

Pole position percentage: 40.37 percent

Most pole positions in one season: 13 (1988, 1989)

Podiums: 80 (fourth all-time)

Podium percentage: 49.68 percent

Most podiums in one season: 12 (1991)

Fastest laps: 19 (tied for 13th all-time)

Fastest lap percentage: 11.8 percent

Most fastest laps in one season: Three (1985, 1987, 1988, 1989)

Laps raced: 8,219 (22nd all-time)

Laps led: 2,987 (second all-time)

Laps led percentage: 36.34 percent

First podium: 1984, Monaco

Age at first podium: 24

First win: 1985, Portugal

Age at first win: 25

Last win: 1993, Australia

Age at last win: 33

Career hat-tricks (pole, fastest lap, win): Seven (tied sixth all-time)

Career grand slams (pole, fastest lap, win, led every lap): Four (tied fourth all-time)


- Most consecutive wins at same Grand Prix (five: Monaco, 1989 –1993)

- Most wins in Monaco (six: 1987, 1989-1993)

- Most consecutive pole positions (eight: 1988 Spanish Grand Prix - 1989 US Grand Prix)

- Most pole positions at one circuit (eight: Imola)