#25- First Lap Crash During The 1973 British Grand Prix
One of the most infamous car crashes on Lap 1 in Formula 1 history had to be during the 1973 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The main brunt of the accident happened when Jody Scheckter (of Yardley Team McLaren,) who was only running in the fourth Grand Prix of his career and running fourth place in the race, spun out of control and stopped dead on the track at the end of the infamous Woodcote corner. With cars rushing towards him, not knowing what lay before them, it was inevitable that a collision would occur.
Over eight drivers were caught up in the ensuing carnage. One driver, Andrea de Adamich, suffered a broken ankle and nothing more. Scheckter himself escaped without a scrape even though he himself was hit by other cars also going at high speed. The race was started again after the second lap with the original distance reset.
Since 1973, Woodcote corner has been significantly changed to reduce speeds with the addition of a chicane. Moto GP would still use the circuit without the Chicane until 1986.
Jody Scheckter is most remembered for winning the World Drivers Championship in 1979 with Scuderia Ferrari.
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