Roland Ratzenberger: the other half of Imola, part 3

San Marino 29 April 1994

Rubens Barrichello endured a horrible accident in practice that foreshadowed the rest of the weekend.

Rubens Barrichello endured a horrible accident in practice that foreshadowed the rest of the weekend.

Considered by many to be the darkest weekend in the history of Formula 1, the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari began to go wrong during the Friday qualifying session. Continue reading

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Roland Ratzenberger: the second half of Imola, part 2

Having gained no small amount of notoriety for his achievements at Le Mans and unyielding devotion to racing over the years, Ratzenberger finally found himself with a route to Formula 1. Barbara Belhau, a sports manager from Monaco, got in touch with the Austrian and began working to help him find a place on the grid. Continue reading

Roland Ratzenberger: the second half of Imola, part 1

1 May 1994, the day of the San Marino Grand Prix, saw three-time Formula 1 world champion Ayrton Senna suffer a severe crash that would claim his life a few hours later. The loss of the man widely considered to be the fastest race car driver of all time shook Formula 1 down to its core, spurring massive safety regulation changes to avoid any such tragedies again. To this day, Ayrton Senna da Silva remains the most recent casualty of a Formula 1 event. Continue reading