“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long." The famous quote was uttered by Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher that lived from 604 to 531 BC. The flame of three-time world champion Ayrton Senna burned brighter than any racing driver on the grid. Unfortunately, Senna tragically lost his life in a devastating crash on May 1, 1994. Senna was leading lap seven at Imola in his Williams FW16 when he suddenly lost control at Tamburello corner at 191 mph.

Even though today marks the 20th anniversary of Ayrton Senna's death, we much rather celebrate his life. Senna's illustrious career includes three Formula 1 world champion titles, 41 victories, 65 poles, and 80 podiums. Ayrton Senna has stringed together more consecutive pole positions than any other racing driver, and completely dominated the Monaco Grand Prix.

However, even among his many achievements and his impressive list of unbroken Formula 1 records, there is one moment in Ayrton Senna's career that stood out among the rest: 1991, Interlagos, Brazil.

The 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix marks Ayrton Senna's first victory at his home country and is by far his most thrilling victory as obstacles and challenges threatened to snatch his most important victory from his grasp.

Ayrton Senna earned the first position on the grid after he qualified for pole with a blistering 1:16.392. During the opening moments of the Brazilian Grand Prix, Senna was in full control and maintained the pace of his lead with consistent lap times in the low 1 minute 21s. However, Senna's race began to unravel when the skies began to drizzle on lap 51. Senna's pace dropped to the high 1 minute 22s as he had to fight the greasy track surface. By lap 54, Senna's pace falls to 1 minute 24s.

On the bright side, second place Riccardo Patrese remained more than half a second behind. However, worse obstacles arose when the gearbox in Senna's 1991 McLaren MP4/6 started to jam, forcing Ayrton to continue the race while staying on a tall sixth gear. From Lap 61 through lap 68, Riccardo Patrese found an extra four to five seconds on Senna and was set to reach Senna and take the lead. During the final three laps of the Brazilian GP, Senna desperately wrestled for control and to keep Patrese at bay. Ultimately, Senna remarkably took the victory at the 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix, just a little over 2 seconds ahead of the hard charger Patrese.

Watch the intense moment in the video below and see why Ayrton Senna's victory at the 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix ranks as number one among his racing achievements. From Ron Dennis' disbelief, to Ayrton Senna's animalistic cries of relief after the race, to the wild reaction from race fans and track marshals alike, the 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix goes down as one of the most memorable moments in the sport of Formula 1.

Ayrton Senna - Brazilian Grand Prix 1991 from Tolga Turegun on Vimeo.