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Ayrton Senna's debut F1 car does not sell at Silverstone auction

Ayrton Senna's Toleman TG
Image caption The 1984 Toleman TG took second place at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1984

A Formula 1 car which was driven by Ayrton Senna has failed to sell at an auction at Silverstone.

The Brazilian drove the Toleman TG to second place after qualifying 13th at a rain-soaked Monaco Grand Prix during his debut season in 1984.

The car, which had a reserve price of £550,000, was being sold at the Northamptonshire racing circuit.

However, it was withdrawn after bidding ended at £505,000.

Nick Whale, owner of Silverstone Auctions, said: "We are surprised and a little disappointed that it didn't sell. There was a lot of interest but the bids were a bit below the minimum asking price."

The company said it was still talking to interested parties to see if a sale could be made.

Senna, a three times world champion, died in a crash during the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.

He began his racing career with Toleman Motorsport before moving to Lotus and then McLaren.

Senna won his three world titles while driving for McLaren.

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