In The Driver's Seat

How F1 safety innovations saved a life

We cogitated for some time on Sunday evening, after Romain Grosjean's terrifying accident on the opening lap of the Bahrain GP, where we had last seen a racing car burst into a ball of flame upon striking a steel barrier.

We decided that it was at Imola on April 23, 1989. Thirty-one years ago, when Gerhard Berger crashed - and survived.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 01, 2020, with the headline 'How F1 safety innovations saved a life'. Print Edition | Subscribe