F1 On This Day….

Posted: 05/03/2010 in Formula 1

One of the most bizarre accidents occurred in the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami on this day in 1977. Renzo Zorzi was forced to pull over on lap 21 after his Shadow car developed a fuel pipe problem. A small fire started and two marshals crossed the track on the blind side of a brow of a hill with fire extinguishers to put it out. At that moment Welshman Tom Pryce and German Hans Struck came over the hill racing side by side. Pryce hit one of the marshals named Jansen van Vuuren, killing him instantly, while the fire extinguisher he was carrying hit Pryce on the head and killed him as well. His car carried on down the main straight and hit Jaques Laffite’s Ligier at the first corner, although the Frenchman was not hurt.

As Always in motorsport, the race continued and up at the front was Niki Lauda who went to win  his second World Championship title.

Source: Formula One, On This Day

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