When Roland Ratzenberger crashed brutally during qualifying for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, Formula One was forced to face mortality for the first time in eight years, but the death the following day of Ayrton Senna cast a shadow over Ratzenberger’s tragedy. Twenty years on, Ratzenberger’s memory breathes, as does his legacy. Leigh O’Gorman spoke to the drivers who raced against and knew him, as they remember Roland Ratzenberger – Formula One’s forgotten man.
2011 Indian Grand Prix (Rd 17, Friday Free Practices, Oct 28th, TV Notes)
McLaren and Ferrari claimed the honours following both free practice sessions for the Indian Grand Prix on Friday.
“Those Who Let Us Race”
While many racing fans will speak of Ayrton Senna as the last fatality over a Grand Prix weekend, we must not forget those that died in accidents outside of the cockpit. Friday September 10th signalled the tenth anniversary of the death of track marshal, Paolo Ghislimberti.
“Kiss With a Fist: Bertrand Gachot”
When Jordan F1 driver, Bertrand Gachot, was jailed for actual bodily harm just prior to the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, little did anyone know the world of Formula 1 would soon be changed forever. With no experienced driver ready or able to take the seat alongside team leader Andrea de Cesaris for the annual visit … Continue reading “Kiss With a Fist: Bertrand Gachot”
Time, Part 2 (IRL)
Today sees the first of two qualifying days for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 - better known as Pole Day. The qualifying schedule has for this year, been greatly reduced by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from four sessions in order to reduce the costs for both venue and the teams participating; however it is has had … Continue reading Time, Part 2 (IRL)