The Ayrton Senna fan festival in video

The HEINEKEN F1 FESTIVAL – AYRTON SENNA TRIBUTE rolled into the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday, and it didn’t disappoint.

Mercedes and Renault were on-hand to provide some modern flair, while 1972 and 74 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi and fellow Brazilian Felipe Massa got the chance to drive some of Senna’s historic cars.

It was a fitting tribute as the world of motorsport celebrates Senna’s legacy 25 years on from his tragic death, and here was the pick of the action…

All was calm as we got a good look at Senna’s iconic black and gold Lotus 97T that took him to his first F1 victory in 1985.

Iconic ?

Senna's Lotus 97T is about to hit the streets of Sao Paulo ?#ObrigadoSenna #F1 pic.twitter.com/0eNnOaAKe3

— Formula 1 (@F1) November 9, 2019

That was until Fittipaldi got behind the wheel…

??? WOW ???

Emerson Fittipaldi getting loose in Ayrton Senna's iconic Lotus 97T ?#ObrigadoSenna #F1 pic.twitter.com/38WOPN4cEt

— Formula 1 (@F1) November 9, 2019

Then it was over to Massa who got the chance to take Senna’s first F1 car, the Toleman TG184, for a spin. No wonder he called it a “dream come true”.

Every Brazilian's dream [email protected] got the chance to jump into Ayrton Senna's first #F1 car ?#ObrigadoSenna pic.twitter.com/pJOcSvveyu

— Formula 1 (@F1) November 9, 2019

Soon after the ex-Ferrari driver got his own chance to drive the Lotus 97T, flying the Brazilian flag with pride around the streets of his home town.

Onboard Senna's Lotus 97T ?

And @MassaFelipe19 is flying the flag with pride ??#ObrigadoSenna #F1 pic.twitter.com/vj2sLFdHbe

— Formula 1 (@F1) November 10, 2019

Renault brought the smoke to Sao Paulo…

Getting dizzy in downtown Sao Paulo [email protected] burned some rubber at the @Heineken F1 Festival: Senna Tribute ?#ObrigadoSenna #F1 pic.twitter.com/19L7L2TuZf

— Formula 1 (@F1) November 9, 2019

Though Esteban Gutierrez reminded everyone why the doughnut has become the signature move of Mercedes in recent years.

How do you say ‘donuts’ in Portuguese @EstebanGtz?? ? ? #ObrigadoSenna pic.twitter.com/4o7gb9DePs

— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 9, 2019

The past and present had combined to pay tribute to arguably Brazil’s greatest national treasure.

Amazing atmosphere here at the #F1Festival!!

?? #ObrigadoSenna ??#RSspirit pic.twitter.com/QqQSdu35Zo

— Renault F1 Team (@RenaultF1Team) November 9, 2019

Gutierrez described the experience as “emotional” as the occasion really sunk in.

What. A. Day! ?

Obrigado @EstebanGtz, you’ve been amazing! ? And for all the #BestFans in São Paulo, see you next week!!#BrazilGP pic.twitter.com/9JljQM9g51

— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 9, 2019

Renault and Mercedes of course will be back in Sao Paulo in under a weeks time for the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.

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