May 1st marks the 25th anniversary since that tragic 1994 San Marino Grand Prix weekend.
Ayrton Senna will forever be remembered as one of the most colourful, charismatic and talented drivers ever to set foot on the world stage, and 25 years ago today, the then 34-year-old Brazilian three time World Champion lost his life at the flat out Tamburello corner in Imola - robbing the sport of arguably its greatest ever competitor.
The events of Imola that fateful weekend in 1994 have been recorded and recited many times since, however one fact remains forever the same - when the Formula One field left Italy that warm Sunday evening on May 1st 1994, Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna would no longer be amongst their number.
In modern times it is almost inconceivable to imagine a Grand Prix driver losing their life during a Formula One race event, let alone two of their hero's in the space of a single weekend, and perhaps that is one of the greatest legacies left by these two men of speed - following the events of that race weekend the sport we all know today would be changed forever. Those two fatalities, and the accidents that befell Jordan driver Rubens Barrichello and the start line crash on race day, became a catalyst for dramatic safety improvements within the sport, improvements that have doubtlessly saved the lives of many drivers that followed in their footsteps.
So while you are browsing the internet today, take a few moments to remember two fallen hero's from the history of the sport. Two men who went to Italy with the desire to live out their dream on the racing circuit, and as history will forever record, paid the ultimate price for that privilege.
Gone, but never forgotten.
Roland Ratzenberger: 04.07.1960 - 30.04.1994
Ayrton Senna da Silva: 21.3.1960 - 01.05.1994