I remember seeing a replay of the qualifying crash and Senna's crash live, and neither looked bad enough to be fatal, particularly Senna's where it was a fairly solid hit but mostly he just seemed to slide along the wall.
Safety standards have improved out of sight since those days.
I remember immediately thinking Senna was dead. I wouldnít have thought that normally, but the Ratzenger accident made you think differently that weekend. It was in the front of your mind.
It was an awful weekend. Rubens has his crash on the Friday, then Roland. Then there was a start line crash where wheels flew into the crowd. Then obviously Sennaís crash. Then finally I think it was Albereto who came down pitlane, lost a wheel and it plows through Ferrari mechanics. Just a shocker.
But from it came a renewed focus on safety that remained intact up until the death of Bianchi.
I remember going to bed that night going to bed and praying. I was a young kid and in no way religious. And finally falling to sleep hoping for a miracle. I woke up, heard the news and cried. Was in a **** mood at school that day and didnít want to talk to anyone. Mum and dad had to convince me to go.
Dad could relate with me though. Same thing happened with him and Jim Clark.
I will reminisce today and read some tributes that will no doubt pop up on line. He was brilliant, ruthless. One of a kind. And heís still missed. And so is Roland for that matter. A battler who got himself to the pinnacle. Just a terrible weekend.
Hard to believe itís 25 years, bloody hell iím getting old
RIP LJ - loved and never forgotten.
"It was dry for the second go-around. Grice, nervous, worrying about his Bathurst jinx, ran 2:25.9. The amazing Brock, using every last centimetre of bitumen, yet keeping the car straight and balanced and at full noise, came back with a staggering 2:20.0 as if to say: "Match that". And people just shook their heads, bit their lips and wondered who would be second".
Yeah it was a weird day...and when the news came out that he had passed away it was not unlike princess diana
I watched the senna movie recently and it brought back a lot of memories, and I remember watching the accident and expecting him to climb out....he was the best we have seen IMO and was on top of his game