Ayrton Senna remains in the memories of many Formula 1 fans. He raced in Formula 1 164 times. Until his fatal crash during the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994. Yet a year earlier it seemed that Senna could have retired from Formula 1. In 1992 Senna drove for the McLaren team. The season did not go as hoped. The Honda V12 engine proved to be a flop. On top of that McLaren also suffered financial losses, recalled former operations director Martin Whitmarsh at Motorsport-Total.com
The Brazilian driver was skeptical after Honda announced its withdrawal from the sport. “When Honda pulled out, he didn’t want to continue. Every driver wants a factory contract. And I think he was right,” said Whitmarsh. After the season, Senna took some time to think about his future. “I haven’t signed with any team yet because I’m seriously thinking about what to do and what’s best for my career .”
Meanwhile, Senna also tested in the Indy Car. In his period of reflection, he revealed the following. “That includes not driving at all in 1993 or thinking about Indy Car. I’m going to go home now, think about it calmly and look at the possibilities for my immediate future.”
In the end, Senna decided to stay with McLaren for another year after all. He then moved to Williams in 1994.