Roland Ratzenberger: The Tragedy Formula 1 Forgot After Ayrton Senna’s Death

When Roland Ratzenberger was killed during qualifying for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, he became the first Formula One driver to die during a grand prix weekend since Riccardo Paletti at the 1982 Canadian Grand Prix.

The next day, during the race itself, Ayrton Senna was also killed.

Although Senna and Ratzenberger were born less than four months apart, their career paths were completely different.

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(Photo credit: Sgozzi via Wikimedia Commons)

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2 comments

  1. One could argue that, just because Senna died the day after Ratzenberger, the Austrian’s name is often mentioned in tandem with Senna’s. If not, his legacy might have gone the way of John Taylor, Gerhard Mitter, Helmut Koinigg or Riccardo Paletti, neither of whom are remembered by the general public.

    1. Yes, you’re right—that’s certainly possible.

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