If we’re absolutely honest, one of the reasons that motorsports, in this case Formula One, is so compelling, is the possibility that it can all go wrong, and end in a spectacular shower of car parts and shattered carbon fibre.
It’s certainly not the main reason that we watch, but the adrenaline hit that comes from being a witness to these incidents is undeniable.
It is an uncomfortable feeling; you’re simultaneously horrified, but unable to look away. If you have a conscience, you may even feel a little embarrassed by your reaction.
No one in their right minds wants to see people killed or injured. If you’re looking for that here, you’ll be sorely disappointed.
The last moments of someone’s life should never be used as light entertainment, even if there is a huge market for it.
Every driver in the following incidents returned to racing—not always immediately, it has to be said—and continued their career, but in the meantime they had contributed to some of the sport’s most memorable moments.