Top 5 Worst Crashes In Grand Prix Motor Racing

People love watching motor sport racing, whether live at the racing courses or on a television. However, what makes you have fun also presents some potentially dangerous situations for the drivers and the spectators. Here are 5 of the worst Grand Prix accidents to have happened in the history of these races.

The 1976 German Grand Prix tragedy

One of the hotly contested Grand Prix events was the German’s 1976 racing. This left a dark history with the injury of Lauda. Lauda lost control on lap 2 in a fast left turn where he struck the wall causing the car to burst in flames. Another race car hit Lauda’s Ferrari just seconds later, with Lauda still inside engulfed in flames. He suffered severe burns, and this was the last Grand Prix event to be held in Nordschleife, Germany.

The 1978 Italian Grand Prix accident

A mix up with the start signal led to the drivers starting the race before others were in position. This resulted in a surge of vehicles causing a major crash. A nine-car pile led to ugly accidents with driver Ronnie Peterson being stuck in a burning car where he suffered leg injuries, though he was eventually pulled out of the car.

Unfortunately, Ronnie died the next day in hospital in what was thought to have been a result of poor communication in medics and decisions from race officials. Ronnie had to wait for close to 20 minutes before help arrived.

The 1982 Belgian Grand Prix tragedy

Just minutes left for a session to end, Gilles Villeneuve, driving a Ferrari, came around a corner only to discover there was a slower car ahead. Unable to slow down quickly to avert ramming into it, he tried to go around but the slower car cut him off launching the Ferrari into the air while cruising at around 130 mph.

Strapped into his seat, Gilles Villeneuve was thrown 50 m away from the car where he struck a fence. Though alive, but with a broken neck, Gilles was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died.

The 1977 South African Grand Prix

Renzo Zorzi, in his 22nd lap of the race, pulled off to the track’s side before a fire broke out. However, two marshals running across the track to help Renzo experienced the unexpected. They were caught on the track by two oncoming race cars.

The first marshal was able to cross, but the second, Jansen van Vuuren, faced the wrath after he was hit by a car driven by Tom Pryce and he was sent flying into the wall of the track. The extinguisher he was carrying smashed Tom Pryce’s head killing him on the spot.

The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix mishap

After successive bad news in previous races, the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix was marred by yet another ugly incident. On the race day, Senna’s car hit the wall during lap 7 cruising at a speed of 135 mph causing fatal injuries. Sources say that the front wheel separated during the crash and struck his head resulting in massive trauma.

Michael Schumacher’s Sweet and Sad Moments in Grand Prix Racing

Michael-SchumacherFormula one racing continues to see great talent grace it’s tracks.  Great drivers come and go and new and sometimes even better come after them. One of the greatest Grand Prix drivers to have graced the circuit is Michael Schumacher.

Born in Germany in January 1969 Schumacher was among the most fascinating Grand Prix motor racing drivers. He holds a number of Formula One record including fastest laps, most championships, most races won in one season, pole positions, etc.  He was loved by many because of his wins, something that also earned him as many enemies as fans. His biting edge gave him the spirit of a true champion. Here are some of the exciting and sad moments that engulfed the German’s glittering motor racing career:


  • On August 25, 1991, Schumacher made his first ever début in the Belgian Formula one Grand Prix steering a Jordan Ford.
  • The promising journey picked up after Schumacher won the Brazilian Grand Prix on March 27, 1994.
  • A sad moment struck when Schumacher and Damon Hill collided controversially at the British Grand Prix event in Silverstone.
  • On October 22, 1995, Schumacher won the Japanese Grand Prix, which was also his second world champ win.
  • He joined Ferrari on March 29, 1996 during the start of the 1996 season, which also turned out to be the most impressive in his racing history.
  • A stunning win in Italy’s race on Sept 8, 1996 made him a hit.
  • Michael Schumacher had another of his many wins in the famous Japan Grand Prix race on October 12, 1997.
  • f1-2001Schumacher, demonstrated his unrelenting talent and skill with an inspirational win after he clinched the lead in Hungary on August 19, 2001, and claimed his fourth title.
  • On January 25, 2010, Schumacher had a second coming with his new Mercedes racing team and colleague, Nico Rosberg.

Michael Schumacher was an unrivalled motor sports racing start in Formula One. He retired in November, 2012, having a record of every major Grand Prix statistical benchmark. He has won 7 world titles and clinched over 90 wins, with additional 68 poles and 77 fastest laps.

On top of that, Schumacher had 13 single season racing wins. Schumacher suffered a head injury when skiing near Meribel’s French Resort on December 29, 2013. Even after rumours spread in 2014 saying that he was dead, he is still alive, but his condition hasn’t improved.