Senna, for all right reasons, looked numb. There was no anger, no disappointment; seemed like he could not believe what just happened. Fate or destiny, or whatever you want to brand it, but the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix was not just a loss but a scar for life.
Senna rushed to his home right after the accident and his team didn't hear from him until the evening. Jo Ramirez, McLaren's then team co-ordinator, described Senna's accident as one heartfelt incident.
"I kept ringing the apartment but the telephone didn't answer. Finally, at 10pm, the telephone was answered by a Brazilian woman who used to look after the flat."
"So in Portuguese I said that I knew Ayrton was there, and could I please talk to him. She insisted that he was not there but I said I knew he was, he just didn't want to talk to anyone, but that I needed to talk to him."
"Eventually Ayrton came to the phone and he was still crying. He said: 'I don't know what happened—the steering came off in my hand'."
Senna came back strongly and went on to win the 1988 Formula 1 Championship; his first of three.