F1 returns at Albert Park this Sunday, and while it is thrilling, to say the least, it also seems to be a curious sport, it is something which goes against the human instinct. At 200 km/hr, a normal human being's instinct would be to lift the foot from the pedal. Not an F1 driver, at 200 km/hr, they would push even harder for an overtake, they would turn into a corner at that speed and if their stats weren't aligned on that particular day, would end up crashing in such a spectacular fashion that would leave each and every person looking in horror. So today, we at WittyFeed would like to count down you some unbelievable crashes in F1 history.
Note: Some of these crashes were fatal and resulted in the immediate death of the driver, discretion is advised.
We start the proceedings with one of the greatest drivers in F1 history, Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard didn't take much time getting acquainted with F1, and his two world championships are a testament to that. In 2016, Fernando Alonso ended up in the most horrifying crash of the season; thankfully he walked out unscathed.
Belgium Grand Prix of 1998 brings back many memories. Be it the atrocious conditions, Michael Schumacher storming out of the garage to punch David Coulthard or, the crash in the opening lap which caused mayhem resulting in 11 cars being totaled. After the race was resumed, Schumacher seemed destined to win it but he crashed into David Coulthard and as a result, he was so angry that he ran to his garage to confront him. Some Grand Prix that!
You know a Grand Prix is notorious for crashes when there's a name of the wall dedicated to people crashing into it. In 1999, four drivers crashed into the 'Montreal Wall', three of them world champions, so the wall was renamed as 'Wall of champions', fair enough! In 2007, Robert Kubica went airborne into a corner and what followed was sadly the highlight of his F1 career.
Has there been more epic of an image of an F1 crash than that of Ralf Schumacher's in Australia? We doubt! If you think people with the surname Schumacher are guaranteed to be top drivers, you clearly, haven't seen Ralf. During the start of the race, Ralf got a bit ahead of himself and in the first corner, bumped into a Ferrari and went airborne. As a result, eight cars ended up retiring on the opening lap. Sorry, Ralf, Michael is better than you.
When it comes to F1 crashes, Romain Grosjean is somewhat of a 'bad luck Brian'. Over the years, he developed a reputation for reckless driving which has resulted in some spectacular crashes and quite pile-ups. What did they say in Titanic? You jump, I jump, right? Romain says I crash, you crash!
Mark Webber just had another unique achievement on the list of unique achievements he's piled up over the years, crashing into Seb is the last item in it though. Webber alongside Alonso is the only driver who's featured twice on this list. The first crash was one of the most spectacular flips an F1 car ever made, sadly for Mark; the car was airborne when it made that flip. We wonder does the driver pushes the brake pedal or just gives up in such an event?
For an Aussie, Mark Webber is quite cool-headed. And that cool head was put to the test at the Brazilian Grand Prix 2003 amidst abysmal racing conditions. There were already a couple of retirements in the race but Webber in a rush of blood to his head, headed into a corner faster than he wanted, took his car out and moments later, Fernando Alonso's too. Quite the love story, you crash, I crash. James Cameroon, are you watching?
Now we're at the serious part of the list, the crashes from now on were horrific, to say the least, they ended up in taking the life of the driver and in Niki's case, leaving him permanently scarred, setting up the backdrop for the most iconic driver's championship battle in F1 history. Lauda spun into a corner and crashed into the barricade at a very high speed, resulting in his car being set ablaze almost immediately. Lauda suffered severe burns to his head. Fortunately, he was lucky enough to come back to racing, and eventually win two more world championships but unlike him, others weren't lucky to come back alive from the crash.
Jules is the latest name in the list of F1 casualties. Booming with potential and promise, Jules gave the highlight of his career a few months prior at Monaco and seemed destined to win a world championship in the long run but for his horrific crash. On lap 42 of the race, Adrian Sutil's Sauber crashed into the barrier and was being picked up by the tractor. The very next lap, Jules horrifically ran into the tractor, resulting in the tractor being almost lifted two feet off the ground. Jules suffered head injuries and sadly, lost his life later on. RIP Jules.
One Grand Prix, two casualties. The San Marino Grand Prix of 1994 is already etched in the history books, all for wrong reasons. In the first part of qualifying, Roland Ratzenberger crashed into the barricade, resulting in his car spinning and he losing consciousness. What followed were graphic attempts to resuscitate him, broadcasted to millions live, with no effect. Ratzenberger was pronounced dead and F1 had something to think of with regards to driver safety. Sadly, the worst was yet to come.
The greatest story ever told in F1 history also has the worst ending. If anyone questions the greatness of Ayrton Senna, we'd suggest you, watch his funeral video on YouTube to get a rough idea. Senna was the greatest driver in F1 history. Senna was on course to win the race, but his car left the track at 300+ km/hr and crashed into the concrete wall. Due to severe blood loss and the magnitude of the impact his body absorbed, he was airlifted to a nearby hospital immediately, despite that, he lost his life. What was sadder that he was carrying an Austrian flag in his pocket which he decided to dedicate to Roland Ratzenberger, should he be on the podium. Senna's death remains the most tragic accident in F1 history till date.