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5 Worst F1 crashes in the hybrid era

George Howson
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 22:25 IST

Last year
Last year's Belgian GP had a horrifying first corner crash.

Ever since Sir Jackie Stewart and others campaigned for greater protection to be implemented into Formula 1 in the 1960's, the safety of the sport has gradually increased. As the cars got faster throughout the 70's and early 80's, deaths continued to be a regular occurrence, but after the tragic accidents involving Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger in 1994, fatalities have been extremely rare.

Motorsport and F1 will always be dangerous, purely because of the speed in which the drivers travel at, but the risk of serious injury and death has been greatly reduced in the previous few decades. Although, there have been times where the pilots have dodged bullets, even since the switch the V6-turbocharged engines in 2014.

#5 Raikkonen & Alonso, Austria 2015

Although a relatively low-speed impact, this crash could
Although a relatively low-speed impact, this crash could've ended in tragedy.

Kimi Raikkonen had a poor qualifying for the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix, the Finn found himself in the midfield melee during the first lap. The opening tour was as far as the 2007 world champion would go, though, as he spun his rear tyres up going out of Turn 2 and collided with an unfortunate Fernando Alonso. Raikkonen's Ferrari got underneath Alonso's McLaren, sending the Spaniard diagonally into the barriers on the outside of the circuit. The cars came to rest with the McLaren on top of the Ferrari and dangerously close to being where Kimi's head was at the time.

The reason why this crash makes it onto this list ahead of incidents with a higher impact (such as Max Verstappen's Monaco shunt the same year) is due to the real risk of a fatality. With this being less than a year after Formula 1's first fatality in two decades, more emphasis was placed on the development of the Halo, and we'll cover how important that device has been since its introduction in 2018.

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