Auto racing is a very dangerous sport as drivers only have a split second to make the right decision. Imagine a car racing at over 200 miles per hour. A collision with a barrier or other vehicle can kill the driver. Here are the most dramatic F1 crashes you should know about. Unfortunately, for some drivers, these car accidents were fatal.
All F1 fans will remember the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix as a competition that proves the importance of modern technology to protect drivers. At the beginning of the race, Romain Grosjean crashed into a barrier, and his vehicle caught fire. The racer began to panic because of the fire, and he could not leave the car quickly. Fortunately, Grosjean managed to escape with burns on his hands and arms. One of the reasons he survived is the so-called “Halo” safety device, which consists of carbon fibre, and helped protect the driver from the initial impact with the barrier.
2014 Japanese Grand Prix – Jules Bianchi
This tragedy happened at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. Due to the slippery track, Adrian Sutil lost control of his vehicle and stopped at the run-off zone. A crane pulled up to move the stricken vehicle. Unfortunately, Jules Bianchi’s car also slid off the slippery track and crashed into the crane. As a result, the driver died in the hospital a couple of months after the incident.
This accident is considered one of the most dramatic in the modern history of autosport. You can see the moment of the collision on YouTube. However, it is better not to watch this video if you have a big to-do list, especially students. Otherwise, you will be negatively impacted by what you saw and will not be able to write your papers all day. However, you can write to someone, “Write this essay for me, please.”
The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered forever. Ayrton Senna was one of the favourites that year, but unfortunately, his vehicle crashed into a barrier, and the driver suffered a severe head injury. Due to extensive injuries, Senna died without regaining consciousness. For the rest of the drivers, this was a shock, especially given that Roland Ratzenberger had died in qualifying earlier in the race weekend.
Sometimes the cause of crashes can be the excessive ambition of drivers. Gilles Villeneuve decided to improve his time, even though there was still a lot of time left until the end of the race. He developed a high speed and lost control, crashing into the car of Jochen Mass, who was trying to let him pass. As a result, Gilles Villeneuve’s car was thrown into the air, and he received a severe head injury, which led to his death a couple of hours later as he was taken to the hospital.
The 1978 Italian Grand Prix was fatal for Ronnie Peterson. The first problem began when his main vehicle crashed before the start race. So this is why Peterson had to drive an old car. Due to a bad start, the driver crashed into a barrier and suffered numerous injuries, including twenty-seven fractures, damaged liver, and kidneys. An ambulance team quickly took him to the hospital. Unfortunately, due to his injuries, the driver died the same day.
The end of the 60s was a watershed moment that showed the need to design safer cars. Lorenzo Bandini faced technical malfunctions during a race. As a result, he crashed into a hay barrier, and his car caught fire. Burns and multiple fractures caused Bandini to die in hospital three days later. After that, F1’s authorities removed straw bales from all races and chose an alternative material as a barrier.
Can you imagine that in 1967 the audience and the race track were separated only by a thin metal fence? This was the cause of the most dramatic tragedy in the history of F1. On one of the turns, Wolfgang Von Trips vehicle collided with the wheels of another car. As a result of this incident, Von Trips’ car crashed into an iron fence and killed 15 spectators. It is worth noting that Wolfgang Von Trips died on the same day.
As you can see, modern F1 safety devices have been significantly improved so that past tragedies are unlikely to be repeated. Nevertheless, all these incidents show that F1 is a dangerous sport, and all drivers risk their lives due to the high speeds involved.