Ayrton Senna vs Michael Schumacher if Senna hadn't been killedWatch
If Ayrton Senna hadn't been killed at Imola in 1994, who would've come out on top in their epic battle that season and beyond?
Personally, I think Ayrton would've won at Imola and gone on to win the 1994 championship. I mean, if Damon Hill would almost win the championship then Ayrton would surely have won, since Hill was a slower driver than Ayrton.
I think it would've been one hell of a close season between them. I also think Senna would've won the 1995, 1996 and 1997 championships, possibly before going to Ferrari to finish his career. Perhaps Schuey wouldn't be the legend he is now if Senna had lived.
What do you think?
Saying that though, Senna probably would have won another title or two, but I still think Schumacher would have had roughly the same amount of titles as he does now anyway. (The lack of Senna's death could have had plenty of knock on effects, such as JV not getting a drive in 96/97, etc).
Williams had the best car from 1995 to 1997, and for the second half of 1994 once they got the car sorted. So I reckon it'd have been a forgone conclusion that Senna would've won the championship in those years.
Senna WAS godlike as a driver. Witness his drive at Donnington 1993 in the wet or Interlagos 1993 where he beat much faster cars in an under-powered McLaren Ford, for example.
Button won in the wet at Canada '11 and Hungary '11 beating the much faster Red Bull, so he's a god like driver as well then? No, Senna was good, but not that good.
In fact at the time he was often under a lot of scrutiny (much like Hamilton is nowadays, not that I'm comparing the two, that'd be an insult to Senna) because his do-or-die attitude used to sometimes compromise his races and end up in crashes.
I think it's just a personal thing. Being the type of fan I am I know that if I had been watching F1 (and old enough to appreciate it) back then I would have been a Prost supporter over Senna. Interestingly enough only recently Sir Jackie Stewart named his top 5 greatest drivers of all time and Prost was on it whilst Senna wasn't.
Another point is about how people have a go at Schumacher for winning the championship by hitting Damon, but everybody seems to forget that both Prost and Senna won their titles doing exactly the same in Suzuka '89 and '90. But of course nobody's allowed to talk about that, those titles were deserved, but Schumi's weren't. People also forget that when Senna won his '88 title, Prost had actually secured more points that season.
I remember last year people spoke about Vettel's poor pole:win conversion rate (even though most of it was down to poor reliability) and yet everybody forgets Senna's ratio.
But regardless he is a triple world champion with 41 wins, on that ground alone there's no doubt he is one of the greats. But Schumacher for me is one of the greatest sportsman (not just F1 driver) of all time. There's a reason why both Tiger Woods and Roger Federer unanimously agreed that the leading sportsman in the world (out of them and others like Tendulkar etc.) is Schumacher.
BRB, just get my can of worms...
I doubt Senna would have continued for much longer after 1994, I genuinely think he'd have called it a day at the end of that season, or sometime in 1995.
Senna was extremely talented, but his 1994 season started poorly indeed. Whilst he clearly had the pace, it was clear that race pace wasn't great. Due to the safety changes after Imola, perhaps the season would have gone differently, but Schumacher's Benetton was the better overall car, legally, or not.
Williams car was much quicker!
Just because you've read the Autosport forums doesn't mean an argument is correct. The fact is, although Senna's qualifying pace was always good, his in race form wasn't as good as Schumacher's. It is known that Senna was complaining about the performance of the Williams in the first few races.
I'm not interested in the Autosport forums. My decision is based on the countless articles, videos, races, reports I've read about the 1994 and surrounding seasons. The Benetton was the better car in 1994, and in 1995.
But fair enough.