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It's been a long time since anything disturbed me as much as the F1 Perished Heros video from YouTube.

prashanthks had sent this link along quite sometime back and I watched it only today. Sad. The worst ones were those where the fuel ignites and the car burns with the driver still inside...the marshals are unable to stop it since the flames are simply too much to fight with fire extinguishers.

I still remember Senna...the others I was too young to know about but Senna is etched forever in my head.

12 years down the line, I'm extremely thankful to those who made Formula 1 as safe as it is today. No driver's life has been threatened post 1994 although there have been some very nasty accidents.

I hope it continues to be this way. No one should die racing in F1 again.



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Jun. 2nd, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
Unbelievable video. Shook me as well.

No one should die racing in F1 again.
Jun. 3rd, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
Sad video indeed. I don't know if getting knocked about at high speeds is any better than getting caught in fire. The footage of a marshal getting knocked off by a passing car was horrific. Even that of Gilles Villeneuve was terribly violent and this is the first time I saw it. Compare it to what happened to Christian Albers in Imola and you know F1 has come a long way in safety.

The background score was terrible, though. I muted the sound while watching.
Jun. 3rd, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
Ah yes, that marshal was really bad too. And worse, there was nothing any of them could do to stop it....things happened way too fast.

I never knew Gilles died during a race till I saw that. Yeah...he was flung out of his car at that speed. Jeez.

The second half of the background score had Evanescence...but then I guess I was too caught up in the clip to pay attention to the music...
Jun. 3rd, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Roger Williamson 1973. Do you know that helmeted person is who ran towards the burning wreck and tried to save the driver? Extremely valient he was.

Very touching video man. Is it posted at f1 or have you posted it there too? If not I think you should.
Jun. 3rd, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
No I don't know who he is...but yeah...he had to be pulled away. I think he was a fire marshal? But then he wouldn't have a helmet...so a fellow driver?

I'll post it to the community, thanks for the idea.
Jun. 3rd, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
>..he had to be pulled away.

Also he comes running from some distance away. Didn't look like a fire marshal. Running a Google on him now.

Got it...

"The driver running behind him, David Purley in his private March 731, stopped his car and ran to Williamson."

Jun. 3rd, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
I was searching on Wikipedia instead of Google. Silly me.
Jun. 3rd, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
Jun. 3rd, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
So we missed quite a bit on the video. Damn, imagine what Purley must have been feeling..
Jun. 3rd, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
I can't even imagine. In the past when someone called me and said someone died, I used to get that really wierd shocked feeling. Imagine all that when it is happening right before you.

Jun. 3rd, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
Also, contrary to what the above link says, I think the marshals did come running to help, but couldn't do much. When they tried to push the car over, it wasn't moving and well, it fired up....
Jun. 3rd, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
It was already on fire when he ran across to it. And marshals were on the other side of the road. I saw that other clip in which a marshal who runs across, is run over by a car, and he probably dies too.

Googled that... The driver was Tom Pryce, the car that was stationery was someone elses. He hits the marshal Van Vuuren killing him instantly, the fire extinguisher carried by the marshal hits Pryce killing him too. Bizarre.
Jun. 3rd, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)

And that is a threat even today. Someone crossing an F1 track during a race...can be devastating.
Jun. 3rd, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
They mention that Van Vuuren body is so unrecognisable by the impact, that the only way he is identified is after the race director finds out the missing marhsal by elimination:(
Jun. 3rd, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, speed can do really nasty things.
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