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Elio de Angelis, Olivetti Brabam-BMW BT55, 1986 Spanish Grand Prix, Jerez de la Frontera
What a beautiful car.
Unfortunately, it was also this car that took poor Elio’s life after a lack of proper marshalling and no on-site helicopter lead to the death of the Italian during a practice session. Fellow driver and 1980 World Champion Alan Jones was the first man on the scene - even before any of the few track marshals. No driver has died at a Formula One test session since, and it would be eight more years before another fatality felled the sport.
Magnifique interview from le Prof. Discussions of new turbos, driving styles and which teammate he learned most from (surprising answer too!)
Also when asked who his biggest rival was, he is all ‘lol i think you know my answer’ (He doesn’t actually say ‘lol’)
The French Boys.
Featuring (from left to right): Jean-PIerre Jabouille, Jacques Laffite, Patrick Tambay, Patrick Depailler, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Rene Arnoux and Didier Pironi.
Not pictured, strangely, is the only French driver to win a world title: Alain Prost.
Catch a fire!
Jacques Laffite’s turbo engine catches fire, British Grand Prix, Brands Hatch, July 13th, 1986 © Sutton Images