Legendary F1 Drivers – Gilles Villeneuve and Ayrton Senna commemorated on Monaco stamps

March 5th, 2014

The new issue by Monaco post is dedicated to the legendary Formula 1 drivers Gilles Villeneuve and Ayrton Senna.

Born in 1950, Gilles Villeneuve was a Canadian car driver, who died during the Belgian Grand Prix qualification tournament in 1982. Despite a poorly developed track record (six Grand Prix victories), his highly spectacular driving style contributed to making him one of the F1 legends. His son Jacques became world F1 champion in 1997.

Born in 1960 in São Paulo and died in 1994 on the Imola Circuit, Ayrton Senna is an authentic idol in Brazil, where his status exceeds that of a simple sports champion. He is considered as one of the greatest drivers in the history of F1, in which he won the title of world champion three times in 1988, 1990 and 1991, after winning 41 Grands Prix and achieving 65 pole positions. He holds the record for Monaco Grand Prix victories, with 6 triumphs, including 5 consecutive (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993).

Stamps design is by David Maraskin.