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A moment to reflect

Roland Ratzenberger & Ayrton Senna both died at the Imola GP this weekend, 15 years ago.

Roland Ratzenberger
Roland Ratzenberger
4th July 1960 - 30th April 1994

Ayrton Senna
Ayrton Senna de Silva
21st March 1960 - 1st May 1994

On Saturday the 30th April 1994 the front wing of Roland Ratzenberger's Simtek car broke off, pitching his car into the wall at the Villenueve corner at more than 300 kilometres an hour. He broke his neck and was killed instantly. Sadly, he remains the forgotten man of the Imola weekend, as his death was overshadowed by Ayrton's just 24 hours later. But Roland was not forgotten by the drivers who had loved him so much. In the wreck of Ayrton's car the next day, they found a furled Austrian flag, soaked in blood. Ayrton had planned on raising it on the podium that afternoon in honour of Roland.

15 years ago today, Ayrton Senna's car bottomed out at the Tamburello curve at Imola. The resultant loss of control sent him headlong over the asphalt and into the concrete wall at well over 150 miles per hour. He was killed instantly, his brain dead at once, although they revived his heart and kept it beating until 6:40pm. When they turned off the machines, however, they announced his time of death as 2:17pm.

It was a shock to the whole world that he had died, that there had been two deaths in two days, and his and Roland's deaths launched a new wave of safety in F1. It is thanks to the enormous sacrifices of Roland and Ayrton that Heikki Kovalainen and Robert Kubica are alive today.

Ayrton has not been forgotten by any, not his fans, nor those who love him.

Rest in Peace

They will never be forgotten. Please take a moment to reflect.

Senna remembered


( 8 humble opinions — Your humble opinion? )
May. 1st, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
I recognise these ;)

Two great men, good men, whose deaths were needless.

May they never be forgotten, and long may they keep our sport safe.
May. 1st, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, I shamelessly copied it from what I borrowed from you last year. Thank you :)

I didn't feel the need to really change it. The story hasn't changed, it's just appropriate to remember them. May your words echo true.
May. 1st, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
I was a little less rambly this year. You're welcome :)

I wish more people remembered Roland.
May. 1st, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
Laziness took over and I decided to just use the same, so there's the same ramblyness, but sometimes it's better to give a bit more information incase people don't know things.

You're right there, which is why I make a point of mentioning both. However, there were memorial comments going around on Twitter about Roland yesterday, which was nice to see. He's also been mentioned today.
May. 1st, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
I don't know...I felt worse about it this year for some reason, which curtailed my writings a bit.

I picked up a local motorsport magazine today and they had a two-page spread dedicated to Ayrton, and yet not one single thing about Roland. Angry letters are being sent.

Yes, I noticed fakegerhardberger moping quite a lot these past two days. ;)
May. 1st, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
That's annoying. I've not seen much yet.

Nah these were fans, not fake drivers commenting on it.
May. 1st, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
You what made me tear up one time? When I heard that they found a bloodstained Austrian flag in his cockpit, which he wanted to have on the podium for Roland. ;_;

Such a weird story ... he was and is the best according to a lot of people, and yet he is the only F1 world champion that died in his cockpit during a race.
May. 1st, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
That bit gets me every time.

They always say the best ones are taken too soon - clearly true here.
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