This weekend marks the 27th anniversary of one of the most important tragedies in memory in the world of Formula 1: the death of Roland ratzenberger Y Ayrton senna. From April 29 to May 1, 1994, the San Marino Grand Prix, in the circuit of Imola. This Grand Prix is listed as one of the worst in the history of the category.
During the 90s, Formula 1 had two qualifying sessions due to the large number of cars competing in the grand prix. In total there were 28 cars that could race on Sunday. In this test, Rubens Barrichello had the worst accident of his career. After a mistake, he flew at about 220 kilometers per hour against the wall. However, he only had one arm and a broken nose.
The first death
After the scare the day before, qualifying on Saturday had started normally. However, tragedy came to Imola quickly. The Austrian Roland Ratzenberger hit hard in a corner. Ratzenberger died instantly as a result of a tear in the cranial base. He was contesting his third Grand Prix in Formula 1. Ironically, Ratzenberger would have qualified for Sunday’s race with one of the slowest cars on the grid.
Ratzenberger’s death should have been reason enough to cancel Sunday’s race. Italian law says that in the event of a tragedy at a sporting event, it must be suspended. However, it was decided otherwise. Ayrton Senna had considered the possibility of not competing after the tragedy on Saturday.
The Brazilian started first and an accident led to the departure of the safety car for seven laps. When returning to speed, the Williams that Senna was driving got out of control and hit the historic curve Tamburello. At 306 kilometers per hour he crashed into the wall of tires. According to reports, the steering bar on the steering wheel broke and this caused the incident. At 34 years old, the flame of the best pilot in history was extinguished.
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