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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 April, 2004, 11:26 GMT 12:26 UK
Berger pays Senna tribute
Gerhard Berger with Senna's sister Viviane
Berger did three laps of Imola in a JPS Lotus
Gerhard Berger has paid tribute to Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger in three laps of honour at Imola, 10 years after the duo died at the circuit.

Berger drove the laps in a JPS Lotus, formerly driven by Senna, watched by the former three-time world champion's sisters Viviane and her son Bruno.

He carried out the tribute wearing a badge of Ratzenberger's helmet and carrying a flag with Senna's picture.

"What I did was a great way to remember my colleagues," said Berger.

"It was very emotional for different reasons, firstly at Tamburello seeing the marshals who saved my life in 1989 and who tried to save the life of Ayrton.

"Seeing the fans as I drove round the circuit was also emotional, as well as remembering back to these types of cars. It was a great thing to do and very special too."

Berger survived his own terrifying crash at Imola, five years before Senna died at the same Tamburello corner.

The Austrian's Ferrari plunged off the track and burst into flames in the 1989 San Marino Grand Prix.

He was saved by the quick actions of the marshals, who extinguished the fire within 30 seconds.




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