A fine chap if ever there was one.
I'm not going to go into detail of all the problems that happened at Imola, we have some wonderful writers here on CTA who can likely tell the story with more panache than I. So much seemed to go wrong that weekend that it was almost beyond belief. What I wanted to say, though, was my main takeaway from the weekend was a simple safety issue. A lot of people remember either Roland's crash, or Ayrton's, or - like me - both crashes, but many forget in the mists of time that Reubens Barrichello also had a huge crash. My takeaway from the 3 incidents was that Barrichello hit tyres and survived relatively unscathed if a little shaken, Ratzenberger and Senna both hit concrete and, tragically, didn't. Subsequently drivers were positioned a lot lower in the car with more protection around the head area to protect the driver against wheels, but how much safer would things have been if the practice of tyre walls around circuits had been far more common at that time? Would Senna have survived? Would Ratzenberger? Who knows. I just remember my wife asking me why tears were streaming down my face as Moira Stewart gave the definitive bad news...