Today in 1994 Ratzenberger’s crash stunned Formula 1

Today in 1994 Roland Ratzenberger’s death at the San Marino Grand Prix stunned Formula One. It was one of two lethal accident that horrid weekend, writes Keith Collantine over at F1 Fanatic.

Tomorrow, Thursday 1 May, we will launch our story ‘Senna versus Schumacher’. It features Rubens Barrichello’s crash, as well as Roland Ratzenberger’s and Ayrton Senna’s… but Senna survives his accident to battle Michael Schumacher for Formula One supremacy.

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Today in 1994 Barrichello survived his Imola crash

Today in 1994 Rubens Barrichello survived his horrific crash at the San Marino Grand Prix. It was the start of one of Formula One’s darkest weekends, writes Keith Collantine over at F1 Fanatic.

On Thursday 1 May we will launch our story Senna versus Schumacher. It features Barrichello’s crash, as well as Roland Ratzenberger’s and Ayrton Senna’s… but Senna survives his accident to battle Michael Schumacher for Formula One supremacy.

Senna’s death 18 years ago today

Today, 1 May 2012, it is 18 years ago that Ayrton Senna da Silva perished at the wheel of his Williams-Renault on the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari near Imola, Italy, during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Similarly, it was 18 years ago, yesterday, that Roland Ratzenberger died after crashing his Simtek-Ford during qualifying. RIP.

» Read the excerpt from my San Marino Grand Prix chapter

Excerpt from San Marino GP chapter

Finally… I’ve finished the San Marino Grand Prix chapter of my book. Here’s an excerpt:

… it was obvious that Senna had been injured in some way — there was no movement in the cockpit. Upon impact, the right front suspension had broken, releasing the wheel from the chassis, which glanced Senna’s helmet, knocking the driver unconscious in the process. Senna’s head leaned motionless onto the right side of the cockpit for over a minute. Just as the medical car, carrying professor Sid Watkins, arrived at the scene, Senna’s helmet slightly moved away from the cockpit edge, to a more upright position. In the moments that followed, Watkins and his team extricated Senna from the wrecked Williams-Renault, and laid him on the ground. Quickly afterwards, the medical helicopter landed on the now-empty track, and right before Senna was rushed to Maggiore hospital, the triple World Champion opened his eyes.

I’ve already started reviewing the other chapters of part I of The Encounter Down Under. I reckon I’ll be finished before the end of May.

… And Senna opened his eyes

Yes, that’s just about the phrase I use.

It took me a while to decide on how to make it known that Senna wasn’t killed in his Imola accident. But this should be it. I won’t give away more just yet, but I’m almost there. I’ve all but finished the race review, and only have the aftermath, with all the rule changes and stuff, to go. So hang in there for just a bit more.