Incredible amateur video of Fittipaldi’s 1993 Monza crash

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No-one who saw the 1993 Italian Grand Prix will forget Christian Fittipaldi’s heart-stopping backflip across the finishing line. And plenty of other fans will know it from the video that aired at the time.

But I’d never seen this video of the accident filmed by a fan at the track before. Here’s a new angle on one of F1’s most famous crashes.

You can hear the crowd gasp and see the gantry where the man waving the chequered flag was standing, just a few metres away from where Fittipaldi flew through the air. The side-on angle shows just how far he travelled in an accident which began as the cars were pushing towards 200mph.

Fitipaldi was trying to pass Minardi team mate Pierluigi Martini for seventh place at the time. The two cars made contact, Fittipaldi’s M193 flew into the air and, with incredible fortune, landed on all four wheels, still pointing the right way. And he still had enough momentum to get across the line.

Afterwards, Fittipaldi was furious with his team mate. The crash illustrates just how dangerous and unpredictable crashes between open-wheel cars at high speeds can be. And why rules on acceptable driving standards need to be clearer than they are now.

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33 comments on Incredible amateur video of Fittipaldi’s 1993 Monza crash

  1. theRoswellite said on 20th January 2010, 14:35

    Well said Salty……….I’m 110% into that sentiment.

    It’s difficult to be rational and not be pro-safety. With the extreme risks of GP racing in the early years of the sport…fire being the major culprit, any improvement which made the cars or tracks more survivable was always welcomed. But now,50 years after I first began watching F1, we have a totally different dynamic.

    Today,to a significant degree, the driving is about athletic ability…coordination, balance, reaction time, even visual acuity and endurance…but is it missing some element of courage that once was so manifest to everyone each time a driver climbed into a car?

    Tony Brooks said it best, “An awful lot of people can drive well when they know they can go off the road and not hurt themselves. It’s not the same challenge. That’s what’s wrong today. There’s just no comparison with the sport in our day. I’m not against the idea of safety. But in becoming so safe, it’s become a totally different sport.”
    (from THE LAST ROAD RACE by Richard Williams)

  2. I’ve talked to Christian yesterday at night and he told me about that near-of-death moment while his car was looping and how insane Martini was on that day. After Christian stopped, he was so happy for being a survivor from the accident that the matter with his team-mate was put on second level.

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