#38- Lorenzo Bandini Crashing At Monaco In 1967.
Anyone who knows Lorenzo Bandini and his awesome climb from racing motorcycles to running with the big dogs in the premier racing league of F1 knows that he didn’t deserve to die the way he did.
Lorenzo Bandini was running at the second race of the 1967 F1 season during the Monaco Grand Prix in his V12 Ferrari. On the 82nd lap of the race, he lost control of his car on a high-speed chicane sending him into a skid. His Ferrari hit a light pole and overturned. His fuel tank ruptured from some roadside hay straw bales and sparks ignited as the car rolled over. Bandini was trapped underneath.
Race Marshalls pulled him out before a second explosion obliterated the car. Three days later in hospital, Bandini died from his injuries.
Since then, a real-deal extended guard rail has replaced those straw bales and straw bales of any kind are outright banned. It was said that more than 100,000 people paid their respects at his funeral.
In 1992, a memorial trophy was established to honor any driver who put up a commendable effort in motorsport. Last year, the entire Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team received that honor with the hard charging Lewis Hamilton leading the way.
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