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Most horrific crashes in F1 history

by Niharika Ghorpade Posted on January 16, 2013 20:40 IST 59,591 Views

Here's a look back at some of the scariest and lethal crashes in F1 history that eventually drew the attention of the authorities towards making the sport safer


Lorenzo Bandini in the 1967 Monaco GP before his crash

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Lorenzo Bandini (Ferrari) - 1967 Monaco Grand Prix- 

At the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix, Lorenzo Bandini was in  second place behind Denny Hulme on the 82nd lap when he lost control of his car at the Harbour chicane. Entering the S-turn, the left rear wheel of his Ferrari hit the guard rail,  sending it skidding across and into a light pole causing it to overturn And run into the straw bales at the side of the track, with fuel leaking out. With Bandini trapped underneath the car, the leaking caught fire.

The attempts to pull out Bandini were foiled by the blaze. When he was eventually extricated, he had suffered 70 per cent burn injuries with lesions and 10 upper torso fractures. The severity of the burn injuries delayed his transfer to a special medical facility at Lyon in France, where he succumbed to his injuries three days later.   


Niki Lauda accident in the 1976 German GP at

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Niki Lauda (Ferrari) - 1976 German Grand Prix,  Nurburgring 

Austrian driver Niki Lauda was trapped in his Ferrari after it swerved off track, bounced back and caught fire. Brett Lunger’s and Harald Earlt’s cars hit the blazing wreckage of Lauda’s Ferrari. Pulled out of his car by fellow drivers, Lauda was critical for several days with severe burn injuries on his head and face, and lungs damaged by the inhalation of toxic fumes. One of his ears was burnt and the tear duct mechanism was severely damaged, affecting his vision in the following races. He got back behind the wheel of a Formula One car six weeks after the accident.


The championship battle between Lauda and James Hunt went down to the last race at the Japanese GP in Fiji. Unable to blink due to the tear duct injury, Lauda was forced to retire early in the race due to heavy rain. He lost the title by a single point. In 1977, now fully recovered, he went on to win his second title.   


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