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The 1994 Senna Disaster: The Day Formula 1 Lost Its Remaining Innocence

Every sport has a moment that shakes it to its very foundation, a moment after which things are never the same in that sport. In Formula 1 that moment happened in 1994 on Lap 7 at Tamburello. Ayrton Senna left the road and smashed into the concrete wall. One of Formula 1's best exponents was gone. The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix weekend had already been a tragic one with the horrific accident of Rubens Barrichello and then the tragic loss of Roland Ratzenberger. The Grand Prix weekend was already rivaling the 1960 Belgian Grand Prix in terms of horror. According to Italian law a sporting event should be cancelled if a participant dies during the event. Ratzenberger technically died in hospital rather than at the track (despite it b...

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