The Senna name will return to Formula 1 after McLaren announced that they would carry the legendary driver's logos on the car from the Monaco Grand Prix weekend onwards.
The Brazilian, who drove for the team for six years and won three World championships for them, previously had his logos on every Williams car from 1995 onwards as a mark of respect to Senna after his death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. However, at the start of the year, the team announced that they had decided to end the tradition.
However, on the eve of the first Practice session for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix team, team boss Zak Brown announced that the logos would come back to the Formula 1 fold on a permanent basis. The logos will appear on the team's MCL36 after receiving the blessing of the Senna family.
"Ayrton Senna is, and always will be, a McLaren legend. His performances with McLaren, which earned him three Drivers' World Championships, cemented his place as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers. When he tragically passed in 1994, the entire motorsport world felt a sense of irreplicable loss, but his memory lives on in the hearts and minds of Formula 1 fans across the world. We feel it's right that we, as McLaren, should recognise his contribution to our sport by carrying his name with us wherever we go racing."
"Starting from the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, the McLaren MCL36 will carry the Senna logo, marking our commitment to celebrate his legacy. I can't think of a better race than the Monaco Grand Prix to commence this recognition of Ayrton's life. Having won the Grand Prix six times, more than any other driver, Ayrton proved that his skill and ability behind the wheel of an F1 car could rarely be matched."
"This addition to our F1 race cars will be permanent and has been added with the support of the Senna family. It will serve as a constant reminder of Ayrton Senna's sensational talent for us as a team and for all our fans around the world."