Sao Paulo, Thursday

FORMER world motor racing champions paid tribute to Ayrton Senna today

by carrying his coffin during the funeral procession.

Past champions Alain Prost, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Jackie Stewart

plus Austria's Gerhard Berger and Brazil's Christian Fittipaldi were

among those to carry the coffin of the three-times world champion, who

died in an accident during Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix.

Thierry Boutsen, Roberto Moreno, Rubens Barrichello, and Derek Warwick

also shouldered the coffin for about 200 metres before passing it over

to soldiers, who carried it to the spot where it was to be buried.

Senna's coffin arrived at the Morumbi cemetery in Sao Paulo after a

procession which brought hundreds of thousands of people on to the

streets and brought the city to a virtual standstill.