Instituto Ayrton Senna

Heineken® and the Senna family make the return of Ayrton Senna’s legendary McLaren MP4/4 to reality

Considered the best race car of all time by many motor sports enthusiasts, the machine Ayrton Senna rode to his 1 st  world title will be driven by Bruno Senna, the three-time champion’s nephew. It will hit the track of the Interlagos Raceway, in São Paulo, for the first time ever, in an unprecedent

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As a way to honor one of the greatest Brazilian idols of all time, Ayrton Senna,  Heineken®, a global F1 sponsor, in a partnership with the Senna family, is promoting an unprecedented lap by the McLaren MP4/4 (1988 season), in São Paulo, on the eve of the 47th  HEINEKEN FORMULA 1 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX, on Sunday (11/17), at 12:05 PM. The action is part of a series of events created by the brand in order to celebrate in 2019 the 25th anniversary of the three-time champion’s legacy.

“It’s an honor to announce the first lap ever by the iconic McLaren MP4/4 (1988 season) at the Interlagos Raceway. In 2019, we’ve announced a brand new partnership with the Senna family and, throughout the year, we’ve invited the audience to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Senna’s legacy. This lap is the best way we’ve found to wrap up the partnership in style. It will be a unique moment, in which we’ll show the world Ayrton Senna’s strength and ability to bring people together”, celebrates Guilherme Retz, Heineken®’s brand manager.

Seen by many F1 fans as the best race car of all time, and holding several records in motor sports’ most prestigious category, the McLaren MP4/4 had Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna as its official drivers – the latter of which won his first Formula 1® title in 1988. As a way to honor Ayrton Senna, inspire the new generations and touch the hearts of fans, Heineken®, in a partnership with the Senna Family, has planned a surprise to the audience of the Brazilian GP. The iconic vehicle will be on display at Hall H – more precisely at the Heineken® stands – from where it will exit on Sunday, 11/17, and take a lap through the Interlagos Raceway, in São Paulo, for the first time ever, with Bruno Senna, Ayrton’s nephew, behind the wheel.

Click here to see pictures of the McLaren MP4/4.

Stats and achievements by the McLaren MP4/4 during the 1988 F1 season:

  • Using the McLaren MP4/4, team McLaren scored 199 out of a possible 240 points;
  • They won 15 of the 16 GPs that took place that year (8 with Ayrton Senna and 7 with Alain Prost);
  • They scored 15 pole positions (13 by Ayrton Senna and 2 by Alain Prost) in a total of 16 GPs;
  • Driving the MP4/4 model, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost took the whole first row of the starting grid 12 times, out of a possible 16;
  • Using that car, team McLaren won the Constructors’ Championship and the two top spots in the Drivers’ Championship in the 1988 Formula 1® season.

Besides this action, Heineken® will sponsor other events during the whole weekend of the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX. At the Heineken® stands, for instance, motor sports fans will have access to a special lounge and will be able to take part in races in a professional slot car track and feel the thrill of driving at Interlagos thanks to a simulator sporting the colors of Senna’s iconic helmet, with commentary by Ayrton himself. The area will also feature an exhibition with items that belonged to the driver (helmet, racing suits, trophies and other exhibits from the archives of the Ayrton Senna Institute), besides a replica of the go-kart owned by the driver.

The whole action was developed in a partnership with Red Door Agency, which was responsible for the general production of the Heineken® space at the Interlagos Raceway.

The lap by the McLaren at the Interlagos Raceway is the fourth action by Heineken® in conjunction with the Senna family. The first one took place in May, during Senna Day, when the brand put up a racing simulator in the colors of Senna’s iconic helmet. The second chapter in the partnership started in September and lasts until the end of November: every time the hashtag #ObrigadoSenna is posted on a social network timeline (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook), R$ 5,00 are donated to the Ayrton Senna Institute, which contributes to the development of public education in Brazil. The penultimate event is the HEINEKEN F1 FESTIVAL – SENNA TRIBUTE, a street F1 fest which takes place on Saturday, November 9, at the Ibirapuera Park Obelisk, in São Paulo.

About HEINEKEN Group in Brazil

HEINEKEN Group arrived in Brazil in May 2010, after the acquisition of FEMSA Group's beer division, and in 2017, it acquired Brasil Kirin Holding S.A ("Brasil Kirin"), becoming then, the second player in Brazilian beer market. The Group employs over 13 thousand people with 15 productive plants in the country, being 12 brewers located in Alagoinhas (BA), Alexânia (GO), Araraquara (SP), Benevides (PA), Caxias (MA), Igarassu (PE), Igrejinha (RS), Itu (SP), Jacareí (SP), Pacatuba (CE), Ponta Grossa (PR) and Recife (PE), two micro brewers in Campos do Jordão (SP) and Blumenau (SC) and one plant of concentrated drinks and sodas in Manaus (AM). In Brazil, HEINEKEN Group's beer portfolio includes Heineken®, Sol, Amstel, Kaiser, Bavaria, Eisenbahn, Baden Baden, Devassa, Schin, Glacial, No Grau and Kirin Ichiban. The non-alchoholic portfolio includes Água Schin (Schin Water), Schin Tônica (Schin Tonic), Skinka and Itubaína, Viva Schin and FYs  sodas. With headoffices in Sao Paulo, the company is a subsidiary of HEINEKEN NV, the largest brewer in Europe.

About Formula 1®

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