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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 April, 2004, 12:07 GMT 13:07 UK
Senna 'was fastest ever'
Ayrton Senna
Senna has been feted on the anniversary of his death
Ayrton Senna was the quickest Formula One world champion in history, according to Jackie Stewart.

Three-time champion Stewart said: "He was probably the fastest champion I ever saw. He was always stretching the elastic. My goodness was he quick."

Martin Brundle, a former rival of both Senna and Michael Schumacher, said: "Senna had a greater God-given skill, Schumacher applies it in a better way."

And F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said: "Ayrton was something quite special."

This year's San Marino Grand Prix marks the 10th anniversary of Senna's death.

And Ecclestone said that had Senna not been killed on 1 May 1994, Michael Schumacher would not have broken all the F1 records he has.

"If he was still with us, Michael wouldn't have been a six-time world champion.

"Maybe he would have been a two or three-time champion and Ayrton a four-time."

Senna won three world titles and 41 Grands Prix in his 10-year career.

He still holds the all-time record for pole positions, having started from the front of the grid 65 times in 162 races.

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