When was the last time you worried about driver’s life after witnessing a serious accident? Here is a list of such crashes.

1. Gilles Villeneuve (1982)

Gilles Villeneuve, a Canadian racing driver started his Formula One career in 1977 with the McLaren team. He was soon acquired by reigning world champions Ferrari in the last days of  the season. From that day in 1978 to his death in 1982 he drove for the Italian team. He won six Grand Prix races in a short career at the highest level. Villeneuve died in a 140 mph (225 km/h) crash with the March of Jochen Mass during qualifying round for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder.

2. Ayrton Senna (1994)

Ayrton Senna da Silva was a Brazilian racing driver. Silva got his name at the first position in three Formula One world championships. He was killed in an accident while leading for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. He remained the most recent Grand Prix driver to die at the wheel of a Formula One car.

3. Roland Ratzenberger (1994)

33 year old Roland Ratzenberger was killed during qualifying round for the San Marino Grand Prix at the Imola circuit on Saturday 30 April 1994. He was unable to keep his car on the track resulting in severe damage of front wing of his car. Instead of disqualifying himself for race he continued the race till he was competing for the final grid spot. His car failed to turn into the Villeneuve Corner and struck the outside wall at 195.68 mph (314.9 km/h)

4. Michael Schumacher and Luciano Burti (2001)

At Hockenheim GP in 2001 Schumacher had problems with Ferrari’s gear selection and started to loss pace. Burti behind in the traffic failed to see the Ferrari struggling in front. He hit Schumacher from behind and was launched into air but no one was hurt severely in this accident.

5. Felipe Massa (2009)

Massa was a Brazilian driver. He finished a close 2nd in the 2008 Drivers’ World Championship. During his stay at Ferrari he crashed his F60 at Hungaroring’s Turn 4, after being struck on the helmet by an 800 grams spring, that came off from Rubens Barrichello’s Mercedes. The spring bounced on the tarmac and hit Massa, after that he temporarily lost consciousness and slammed into the safety wall.

33 year old Roland Ratzenberger was killed during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix at the Imola circuit on Saturday 30 April 1994. He went off-track on the previous lap, damaging his front wing, but rather than come into the pits he continued since he was competing for the final grid spot. His car failed to turn into the Villeneuve Corner and struck the outside wall at 195.68 mph (314.9 km/h)

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  1. I was watching a documentary movie on building the Formula one car. Their body is made of fiber glass. This technique also saves the life of driver. Specially his legs.

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