Discussion in 'Drivers' started by Incubus, May 8, 2012.
It's always good to remember.
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Don't drive with anger born out of frustration, or indeed just don't drive angry....
FB thats right, the seat mounts did break. In fairness to Ferrari though there probably would have been the same result regardless what make he was driving. It wasn't unusual for a driver to be thrown out of his car in previous era's. Remember Martin Donnally's near fatal accident when his Lotus broke in two throwing him onto the track, it's shown in the Senna Movie. Thankfully cars are immeasurably better built today out of stronger more forgiving materials. I don't think they even had crash testing in the early to mid 80's at the time of the Villeneuve accident.
As for Villeneuve his neck was broken when the car impacted the ground so being thrown out probably wouldn't have made any difference to his chances of survival.
Incubus, 'probably' is the key word in your first sentence. The main point I was making is that F1 cars today provide a driver with a much better chance of survival.
cider_and_toast but there is one major difference, which is that Webber's car landed at a much gentler (if that is the right word) angle than Villeneuve's. Gille's car landed pretty much head-on against the ground...
Maybe that's something to bear in mind for those who long for the return of full ground-effect cars?....
There is film showing not only the accident but also the aftermath with the medical team trying to restart his heart, it's very graphic. They failed so he did die instantly though I don't think it was ever determined whether it was the violence of the accident or the impact after being thrown out that killed him.
Welcome @Iokiqc. Greetings from another Gilles fan (and fellow Canadian)
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