During Ayrton Senna’s rise to Formula 1, he was the subject of much interest from several teams in 1983, with Williams, McLaren and Toleman all giving the Brazilian testing opportunities.

In fact, it was Williams that first gave the Brazilian an outing in an F1 car, and despite Ayrton’s obvious pace, team boss Frank Williams did not take the opportunity to sign him up. They would eventually reunite in 1994, but the marriage would prove all too brief and tragic, as we all know.

Check out this clip of Ayrton’s first F1 test (please forgive the Hungarian subtitles)…

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.