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‘1: Life on the Limit’: A Review of the New Formula 1 Documentary

May 1, 2014 will be the 20th anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna, the last driver to die in a Formula One grand prix. In the early years of the sport—the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s—such a gap between fatalities would have been unimaginable. F1 was just too dangerous. In 1: Life on the Limit, the new documentary by Paul Crowder, three-time world champion Jackie Stewart relates a story about climbing out of the cockpit after the 1968 German Grand Prix: We had a driver die every month on the same weekend for four consecutive months. And we were racing on the fifth weekend in circumstances that we should never have been allowed to go out in. You couldn't see 60 metres of visibility because of the fog and heavy rain. And the v...

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