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5 Worst F1 Wrecks Ever!

George Howson
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Published 19 May 2019, 20:21 IST
19 May 2019, 20:21 IST

The 2012 Belgian GP saw a violent pile-up, but does it make our list?
The 2012 Belgian GP saw a violent pile-up, but does it make our list?

The deciding factor in what will make this list is how big the crashes were in terms of the number of drivers involved. So, Fernando Alonso's crash in Australia in 2016, for example, doesn't make the list, as only two cars were involved, despite the extreme damage which was done to Alonso's car.

With the mesmeric speed of Formula 1 cars, human reactions often can't keep up with what they demand, so crashes are commonplace and on narrow circuits or in fast corners, there's often nowhere to go except into another car or the barriers. So, with that in mind, strap in for a rundown of the biggest crashes in Formula 1's history.


#5 - Woodcote Pile-up, Britain 1973

Jody Scheckter started an almighty pile-up at Silverstone in 1973
Jody Scheckter started an almighty pile-up at Silverstone in 1973

Most of the crashes in this list took place on either the starting line or the first corner, as the most amount of cars are close-up together, therefore increasing the likelihood of an accident. While this crash occurred on the first lap of the British Grand Prix in 1973, it was at what was then the final corner on the circuit.

Jody Scheckter was competing in only his fourth GP and was running an impressive fourth place but the South African ran wide at Woodcote, got on the grass and was turned around. His McLaren was blocking the track at one of the fastest corners on the circuit and drivers were desperately swerving to avoid his stricken vehicle.

The circuit was completely blocked by the time the leaders came around again, and despite the marshall's poor attempts to slow the cars, no further drivers were caught up in the mess. In total, nine drivers retired from the race, and thankfully, nobody was seriously injured in an era when fatal accidents were common in the sport.

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 23:06 IST
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