Randy, 22 years old from Costa Rica raised by wolves. F1, football and other stuff. People say I look like James Franco
Illustration of Fernando Alonso by me.
Made using Adobe Illustrator CS5.
Rough and synchronised…
Patrick Depailler (#4, Elf Team Tyrrell) and Ronnie Peterson (#3, Elf Team Tyrrell) during the 1977 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos
Swedish duel. Ronnie Peterson (Tyrrell P34) Gunnar Nilsson (Lotus 78). Watkins Glen 1977
1977 Japanese Grand Prix - Gilles Villeneuve catches the back of Ronnie Peterson and launches into the air, debris killed a marshal and photographer.
F1 Seasons: 1994, Michael Schumacher’s 1st title (P2 Damon Hill, P3 Gerhard Berger)
- The season is remembered as one of the most tragic and controversial seasons in the 1990s, if not in the sport’s history;
- 1994 was one of the closest championships in history as Michael Schumacher won the Drivers’ title by a single point from Damon Hill after the two controversially collided at the final round in Adelaide;
- Mercedes also returned to the sport for the first time since 1955 as an engine supplier to Sauber;
- The big news in the paddock after the 1993 season was the retirement of defending World Champion Alain Prost after winning his fourth title, and his replacement at Williams by long-term rival Ayrton Senna;
- In order to combat the spiralling costs of running a Formula 1 team, and to counteract criticism that over-reliance on technology was reducing the drivers to a secondary role, sweeping rule changes were introduced for 1994, most notably banning of all electronic “driver aids” such as active suspension, anti-lock brakes, traction control and launch control;
- Ayrton Senna was among several observers who said that, with such features removed but no attempt to curtail the speed of the cars, 1994 would be “a season with a lot of accidents”;
- At Imola, the weekend got off to a bad start as Rubens Barrichello had a major crash during practice and was knocked unconscious. He would be back at the circuit on the Saturday afternoon with a fractured nose, bandaged arm and cut lip;
- In qualifying, a front wing flap fell off Roland Ratzenberger's car, causing major suspension damage and worsened aerodynamics. On his next lap, Ratzenberger lost control and crashed into the wall. His car was severely damaged, and he suffered a basal skull fracture caused by the impact and was pronounced dead at Bologna’s Maggiore Hospital shortly afterwards;
- During the race morning’s driver meeting, all the drivers were talking about Ratzenberger's crash and were determined to improve safety for drivers, resulting in the inauguration of the GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers Association). Senna offered to take the role of leader as he was the most senior driver;
- At the start of the race, Lehto's Benetton stalled and was hit by Pedro Lamy's Lotus. Debris from the crash, including Lamy's right front tyre, flew into the grandstand and injured 4 spectators and a policeman. Lamy was unhurt but Lehto received a light arm injury. The Safety Car was called out with Senna leading;
- Raced restarted at the end of lap 5. At the start of the 7th lap, Senna lost control and his car went straight on at Tamburello into an unprotected concrete wall. The suspension of the Williams broke on impact, the tyre flying backwards and hitting Senna on the head. He was pronounced dead later that evening;
- 1994 also saw the reintroduction of refuelling during the race for the first time since 1983. After Senna's crash at Imola, several rule changes were introduced to slow the cars. At the Spanish GP, front wing endplates and rear diffusers were reduced in size. From the next race in Canada, the effectiveness of the airbox was reduced (by cutting holes in it). From the German GP, a 10mm wooden plank was affixed to the underside of every car to reduce ground-effect advantages;
- Between the Monaco GP and the Spanish GP, Williams announced they had brought David Coulthard in to replace Senna, with Nigel Mansell filling in at those races which did not overlap with his IndyCar commitments.
The margin between success and drama is fractional