” 25 years on from Formula One’s darkest weekend, the sporting world continues to mourn Ayrton Senna. Senna’s death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix came one day after Ronald Ratzenberger was killed at Imola when his Simtek crashed at the Villeneuve Curva, and marked the first World Championship fatalities since the 1982 Canadian Grand Prix.
3 A quarter of a century ago, Formula One lost its hero Senna planned to pay tribute to Ratzenberger by, on the morning of the race, placing an Austria flag in his car. He was going to wave the flag after winning the race. Senna would never cross the finishing line. The Brazilian icon crashed at the Tamburello corner on lap seven, his Williams colliding with the wall at 135mph.
3 Senna’s fatal crash is widely considered one of F1’s most tragic incidents He was pronounced dead hours later. Ratzenberger’s own crash has been somewhat forgotten to the annals of time due to Senna’s tragedy, but there was an even more forgotten third crash at Imola which turned out to be one of the darkest grands prix in F1 history.
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Despite his car rolling several times, and Barrichello being rendered unconscious, the Brazilian was largely unhurt and returned to the meeting on Saturday with only a broken nose and a plaster cast on his arm to show for his crash. Ratzenberger and Senna were not so lucky. The latter’s death began three days of national mourning in Brazil, and an estimated three million people lined the streets of Sao Paulo, Senna’s hometown, on the day of his funeral.
Formula One’s finest were at the funeral to pay tribute to Senna, with Alain Prost, Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill acting as pallbearers. Barrichello, Senna’s protege, also carried the coffin, later revealing he was still suffering the after effects of his own crash.
Amnesia had set on which caused Barrichello to forget a large portion of the period after the Imola tragedy – including his role at the funeral. “I don’t remember my crash at Imola,” Barrichello said in 2016. “I was trying to make my name. I thought I could do that, and tried. “But my car didn’t physically support what I thought was possible. And I had a huge crash. “I came back to Sao Paulo, Ayrton Senna had died – and even God was good to me because I had a certain amnesia.
For a month, I forgot many things. 3 Barrichello acted as pallbearer but has no recollection of Senna’s funeral “I do not remember carrying Ayrton’s coffin. I do not remember.
I see the pictures, but I don’t remember.” That dark 1994 weekend in Italy proved to be a major turning point in F1’s approach to safety, with Jules Bianchi’s crash at the 2014 Japan GP – which led to his death the following year – the sport’s first fatality since the deaths of Ratzenberger and Senna 20 years prior. ” ” Stuck for a Christmas present to buy for someone special this year?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casemiro Well, Adrian Durham is here to help! talkSPORT’s Drivetime host is an avid reader of sports books and here, he offers up his recommendations.
Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian. 11 A biography of the greatest golfer ever needs to be special and the level of detail in the research for this is nothing short of breathtaking. The Beautiful Badge by Martyn Routledge and Elspeth Wills 11 A lovely gentle football book telling the story behind football club badges in the UK.
As you can imagine it leads down some meandering paths full of amazing information. Amidst the explanations of Latin mottos and Bible references and club badges, not a lot will beat the Coniston AFC logo “Nowt Caps Coniston.” Genius In Search Of Robert Millar by Richard Moore 11 This has been out for around 10 years now and is the fascinating story of the author’s search for the former Tour de France King of the Mountains, British cyclist Robert Millar.
She came out as transgender in 2017 and is now Philippa York. The Ali Files by Norman Giller 11 Anything by the doyen Norman Giller will be worth reading and this is an account of all Ali’s fights. The golden nuggets of information that pop up regularly make this very special. For example, Jean-Pierre Coopman, floored by a devastating Ali uppercut in 1975, quit boxing and worked on restoring old churches in Belgium.
He also earned a living as a portrait artist of famous boxers including the Greatest. As Giller says it’s the only time he had him on the canvas. Angels With Dirty Faces by Jonathan Wilson 11 Wilson’s ability to take football writing to undiscovered levels is stunning – a deep thinker, and a super-intelligent writer.
This is a long but very readable account of the history of Argentinian football, but morphs brilliantly into a socio-political history of Argentina at the same time. Brilliant. The Gaffer by Neil Warnock 11 He writes like he speaks so this is an easy read and an honest account of what it’s like to be a football manager.
It focuses in on his time at Palace, QPR and Leeds. Between The Lines by Michael Carrick 11 I’m biased because he was one of my favourite players, I wasn’t convinced this book would be that brilliant but it is. It came out this year, it’s opinionated and detailed and even has a chapter explaining the West Ham Way. Worth it for that alone.
The Romford Pele by Ray Parlour and Amy Lawrence 11 Yes he’s my talkSPORT mate but the difficulty of bringing an autobiography together that strikes the right tone yet manages to include divorce, success, England disappointment, and an incredible sense of humour is immense. Ray and Amy get it spot on. Terrific stuff. A Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing by John Sitton 11 My favourite football book by some distance.
If you’ve ever checked out John’s “Bring Yer Dinner!” rant when he was in charge at Orient then you need to read this. Brutal, powerful, emotional and thoroughly readable, this is John’s own raw account of his life. Self published, he actually wrote it out by hand (his daughter typed it up) and sells it through his own website, www.therealsitts.co.uk.
Colours Of My Life by Malcolm Allison 11 I absolutely love old football books and this from 1975 is right up there with the best. Allison was a true character with a great story. Some fantastic photos as well.
Written with the journalist James Lawton, who passed away in 2018. And one more…. Judas by Paul Cooke and Adrian Durham 11 I wasn’t going to leave this out now, was I? Paul grew up supporting Hull KR, played and won the Cup for Hull FC, then walked out on them to join Hull KR. Abused viciously in the city of Hull, his life spiralled out of control.
The book is the first time he’s told the story of what really happened. On its third reprint and paperback coming out next year, I think it’s quite good. “