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The saddest anniversary of Formula 1: 27 after the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzemberger

  • by Alba luz Leal
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This weekend marks the 27th anniversary of one of the most important tragedies in the world of Formula 1: the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna. From April 29 to May 1, 1994, the San Marino Grand Prix took place on the Imola circuit. This Grand Prix is ​​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. A total of 28 cars could race on Sunday. In this test, Rubens Barrichello had the worst accident of his career. After an error, he flew about 220 kilometers per hour against the wall. However, he only had one arm and a broken nose. The first death After the scare of the day before, Saturday’s qualifying had started normally. However, tragedy happened to Imola quickly. Austria’s Roland Ratzenberger hit hard in a corner. Ratzenberger died instantly from a tear in the skull base. He was competing in his third Formula 1 Grand Prix. Ironically, Ratzenberger would have qualified for Sunday’s race with one of the slower cars on the grid. The death of Senna Ratzenberger should have been reason enough to cancel Sunday’s race. Italian law stipulates that in the event of a tragedy during a sporting event, it must be suspended. However, it was decided otherwise. Ayrton Senna had considered the possibility of not competing after Saturday’s tragedy, the Brazilian started first and a crash led to the safety car being pulled out for seven laps. Returning to speed, the Williams that Senna was driving lost control and hit the historic Tamburello curve. At 306 kilometers per hour, it crashed into the wall of the tires. According to reports, the steering bar on the steering wheel broke and this caused the incident. At 34, the flame of the best pilot in history is extinguished.