“Formula one can be made safer, but it can never be made safe”. These are the words of Murray Walker a veteran of Formula one commentary who saw his fair share of incredible driving skill but also terrible accidents and incidents. The death of Aryton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger plus an horrendous crash at the start of the race which almost saw the very serious injury of Pedro Lamy and the severe injury to a spectator from a flying wheel following the incident, in one fateful weekend at Imola in 1993 brought back into sharp focus the inherent dangers in Formula one. Up to that point there had been no fatalities in the sport for over a decade. Just as the Formula one world starts to breathe a little easier something comes along to remind us what can happen. A new case in point is the very sad death of young French driver Max Biancchi. His spin off into a crane causing him fatal head injuries ushered in the new Halo system to protect the drivers.
It was not always the case. The first Formula One racers but to the 1970’s could be certain that statistically out of field of anywhere between 12 to 20 at least two of them would not make it till the end of the season. Until the 1980’s this was viewed as normal and many spectators openly admitted they went for the ghoulish element of seeing a crash. The cars in the 1950’s was an immense power house. Al featured the engine in the front of the car so the driver at least had something in the way of him and the barriers. This was little comfort as the car and its fuel load of highly explosive mix could explode easily. The drivers … Read More...Read More →