#11- Luciano Burti’s crash at the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix
There are few crashes as violent as the one Luciano Burti went through where several days later the drivers involved are up and about as if nothing had ever happened. During the 2001 Formula 1 seasons at the Belgian Grand Prix Luciano Burti suffered a horrific crash into a tire barrier following a collision with Eddie Irvine.
The Blanchimont turn at Spa is one of the most fearsome turns in Formula one history and remains largely unchanged since the tracks inception in 1921. This high-speed left turn is the final sweeping corner of the track before the chicane that leads to the front pit straight.
On lap four, Luciano Burti while speeding through the Blanchimont, made contact with the rear tire of Eddie Irvine causing his front wing to break off. Burti’s car immediately lost grip and Burti’s car ran straight into a tire barrier at frightening speeds of over 180 MPH.
Burti was immediately airlifted to a hospital where he showed goods signs of recovery throughout his stay. Although he never raced in Formula 1 again Burti picked up racing in Brazilian Stock Cars where he continues to race today.
Close to two years ago, Burti was reunited with his old crash helmet he wore that day. His Instagram post that day tells the entire story.
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