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    Formula One accidents over the years


    Formula One is an exciting sport, but it can also prove dangerous for the drivers participating in this high speed dash around the track. Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who was struck on the helmet by a suspension spring that had fallen from Rubens Barrichello's Brawn, on a high-speed part of the track in the second round of qualifying in the Hungarian Grand Prix, is the latest F1 driver to suffer an injury on the race track. Massa, who suffered a fractured skull and brain concussion, is showing signs of improvement, but his future as a motorsport driver is still in doubt as the result of an eye injury sustained in the incident. We also take a look at some other high-profile crashes in Formula One history.



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    Ayrton Senna



    Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna was killed in a crash while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, and remains the most recent Grand Prix driver to die at the wheel of a Formula One car. On lap 7, from the onboard camera of Michael Schumacher's Benetton, Senna's car was seen to break traction twice at the rear, go off the track at Tamburello corner and strike an unprotected concrete barrier. Telemetry shows he left the track at 310 km/h (190 mph) and was able to slow the car down to 218 km/h (135 mph) in slightly under two seconds before hitting the wall.

    What had likely happened was that the right front wheel had shot up after impact like a catapult and entered the cockpit area where Senna was sitting.It struck the right frontal area of his helmet, and the violence of the wheel’s impact pushed his head back against the headrest, causing fatal skull fractures. A piece of upright attached to the wheel had partially penetrated his helmet and caused a trauma to his head. . Any one of these injuries would probably have killed the Formula One legend.



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    Niki Lauda




    Three-time F1 world champion Niki Lauda was injured in the second lap at the 1976 German GP at the long Nurburgring circuit. Lauda's car swerved off the track, due to a suspected rear suspension failure, hit an embankment and rolled back into the path of Brett Lunger's Surtees-Ford car. Lauda's car burst into flames, but, unlike Lunger, he was trapped in the wreckage. Lauda suffered severe burns to his head and inhaled hot toxic gases that damaged his lungs and blood. Although Lauda was conscious and able to stand immediately after the accident, he later lapsed into a coma and a priest administered the last rites.

    Lauda suffered extensive scarring from the burns, which became possibly his most famous attribute in the eyes of the public. He only had enough reconstructive surgery to get his eyelids to work properly, but never felt a need to do any more.


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    Gilles Villeneuve




    Gilles Villeneuve died in a 140 mph (225 km/h) crash with the March of Jochen Mass during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. His son, Jacques Villeneuve, became Formula One world champion in 1997.



    Gilles' Ferrari hit the back of Mass' car and was launched into the air at a speed estimated at 200–225 kph (120–140 mph). It was airborne for over 100 metres before nosediving into the ground and disintegrating as it somersaulted along the edge of the track. Villeneuve, still strapped to his seat, but without his helmet, was thrown a further 50 metres from the wreckage into the catch fencing on the outside edge of the Terlamenbocht corner.



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    Gerhard Berger




    Gerhard Berger competed in Formula One for 14 seasons, twice finishing third overall in the championship. Berger was lucky to escape alive from a fiery crash during the 1989 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola's notorious Tamburello corner. It took 16 seconds for a rescue crew to reach the blazing Ferrari and put the fire out. Suffering remarkably few injuries, notably burns to his hands, Berger was able to make it back to the cockpit after missing just one race.


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    Roland Ratzenberger



    Roland Ratzenberger was an Austrian racing driver who died during qualifying for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, the same event that saw the death of three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna.



    Ratzenberger went off-track on the previous lap, damaging his front wing, but rather than come into the pits he continued since he was competing for the final grid spot. Subsequently, the high speed on the backstraight, finally broke the wing off, sending it under Ratzenberger's car. His car failed to turn into the Villeneuve Corner and struck the outside wall at 314.9 km/h. After the car carried on down the track, spinning around and stopping at the next corner, Ratzenberger's lolling head was revealed. The cause of death was a basal skull fracture.

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    Jos Verstappen



    Jos Verstappen is the most successful Dutch Formula One driver, and has also won races in A1 Grand Prix and Le Mans Series LMP2 races. On his Formula One debut at the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix, Verstappen collided with Eddie Irvine, which triggered a multiple accident also involving Eric Bernard and Martin Brundle. Verstappen's car somersaulted, but he emerged unharmed.

    Also, during his first scheduled pitstop of the 1994 German Grand Prix, fuel leaked onto the car after the fuel hose was disconnected, setting the car with Verstappen in it ablaze for a brief period. As was usual at the time, Verstappen had slightly opened the visor of his helmet for the pit stop, and he walked away with slight burns to his nose.



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    Rubens Barrichello



    As a young, aspiring driver, Rubens Barrichello looked up to the late Ayrton Senna, and when he joined Formula One, Senna considered him his protege. At the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, Barrichello's career nearly ended when he suffered a violent crash during Friday practice. His car hit the wall in Variante Bassa, turning him upside down. This accident knocked him unconscious and threatened his life, with his tongue blocking his airway. Quick action by officials ensured survival.

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    Michael Schumacher and Luciano Burti



    The 2001 German Grand Prix was stopped on the first lap due to Luciano Burti's Prost hitting a slow starting Michael Schumacher's Ferrari. The race was restarted over the original distance. Burti was launched several feet into the air after hitting the back of Schumacher's car, but escaped injury and made the restart, but spun off on lap 24.


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    Nick Heidfeld and Takuma Sato



    The 2002 Austrian Grand Prix featured a huge accident between Takuma Sato and Nick Heidfeld - Heidfeld lost control over his car, spun round and crashed into Sato's side. Sato suffered minor injuries but got stuck in the wreckage and it took several minutes for the race track stewards to cut him out from the vehicle.





    Ronnie Peterson


    At the start of the 1978 Italian Grand Prix, the race starter threw the green light before the field was ready to start. Several cars in the middle of the field got a jump on those at the front, and the result was an accordion effect of the cars as they approached the chicane, bunching the cars tightly together. James Hunt collided with Ronnie Peterson, with eight other drivers also involved in the ensuing melee.

    Peterson's Lotus went into the barriers hard and caught fire. He was trapped, but was dragged free and laid in the middle of the track fully conscious with minor burns and severe leg injuries.

    At a Milan hospital, Peterson's X-rays showed he had seven fractures in one leg and three in the other. After discussion with Ronnie himself, the surgeons decided to operate to stabilize the bones. Unfortunately, during the night, bone marrow went into Peterson's bloodstream through the fractures, forming fat globules on his major organs including lungs, liver and brain. By morning he was in full renal failure and was declared dead a few hours later. The cause of death was given as fat embolism.

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    shocking incidents!

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    deaths were very sad

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