List of Formula 1 drivers that died racing

F1 deaths

Ayrton Senna (1st of May 1994)

F1 deaths, the list below shows the names of F1 drivers that died because of a fatal crash or by their injuries caused by a crash during testing or racing in Formula 1 or other series, while being a F1 driver.

Some drivers didn't pass away in their car, but died a few days later or even months after the incident on the track or event.

The most famous driver that died is by far Ayrton Senna. The Brazilian driver died at the age of 34 after a heavy crash during the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.

F1 Driver Deaths due to Racing

DriverDate of incidentEventCircuitCarSessionCause
Joe FryJul 29, 1950Blandford hillclimb-FreikaiserwagenRaceCrash
Raymond SommerSep 10, 1950Haute-Garonne GPCooperRaceCrashed due to steering failure
Cameron EarlJun 18, 1952TestMIRAERATesting
Luigi FagioliMay 24, 1952Monaco GPMonacoTouring carPracticeCrashed died 3 weeks later on his injuries
Chet MillerMay 15, 1953Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayKurtis KraftPractice
Charles de TornacoSep 18, 1953Modena GPAutodromo di ModenaFerrari Tipo 500PracticeRolled with his car and died of head and neck injuries
Felice BonettoSep 13, 1953Carrera Panamericana-LanciaRaceCollided with a lamp-post
Guy MairesseApr 24, 1954Coupe de Paris-PracticeCrashed into a concrete wall
Onofre MarimónJul 31, 1954German F1 GPNürburgringMaserati 250FPracticeLost control at the Wehrseifen curve
Mario AlborghettiApr 11, 1955Pau GPPau CircuitMaserati 4CLTRace
Manny AyuloMay 16, 1955Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayKurtis KraftPractice
Alberto AscariMay 26, 1955TestingMonzaSports FerrariTestingLost control and crashed
Bill VukovichMay 30, 1955Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayKurtis KraftRace
Pierre LeveghJun 11, 195524 hours of Le MansLe MansMercedes Benz 300 SLRRaceCrashed into the other car
Don BeaumanJul 9, 1955Leinster Trophy-Crashed
Louis RosierOct 7, 1956TestMontlhéry trackCrashed
Ken WhartonJan 12, 1957Sports car raceArdmore circuitFerrari MonzaRaceCrashed
Eugenio CastellottiMar 14, 1957TestAutodromo di ModenaFerrari 801TestCrashed
Alfonso de PortagoMay 12, 1957Mille Miglia-Ferrari 335 SRaceTire blow at 250km/h
Keith AndrewsMay 15, 1957Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayKurtis KraftPractice
Piero CariniMay 30, 1957St-Etienne event-Ferrari 250 Testa RossaRaceCrashed
Bill WhitehouseJul 14, 1957Coupe de Vitesse F2Reims-GueuxCooper T39RaceCrashed
Herbert Mackay-FraserouseJul 14, 1957Coupe de Vitesse F2Reims-GueuxLotus 11 sports carRaceCrashed
Archie Scott-BrownMay 18, 1958Sports car raceCircuit de Spa-FrancorchampsLister KnobblyRaceCrashed
Pat O'ConnorMay 30, 1958Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayKurtis KraftRaceCrashed
Erwin BauerJun 3, 1958Sports car raceNürburgringFerrari sports carRaceCrashed after finish
Luigi MussoJul 6, 1958French F1 GPReims-GueuxFerrari 246 F1RaceCrashed
Peter CollinsAug 3, 1958German F1 GPNürburgringFerrari 246 F1RaceCrashed
Peter WhiteheadSep 21, 1958Tour de France-JaguarRaceCrashed as co-driver
Stuart Lewis-EvansOct 19, 1958Moroccan F1 GPAin-Diab CircuitVanwallRaceCrashed, died 6 days later on burn injuries
Jerry Unser Jr.May 2, 1959Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayKuzmaPractice
Bob CortnerMay 19, 1959Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayCornis
Jean BehraAug 1, 1959Sports car raceAVUSPorsche RSKRaceSpun and crashed
Ivor BuebAug 1, 1959Formula 2 raceCharade circuitBRP Cooper-BorgwardRaceCrashed
Harry BlanchardJan 31, 1960Buenos Aires 1.000 km-Porsche sports carRaceCrashed
Ettore ChimeriFeb 27, 1969Gran Premio LibertadCamp Freedom military airfieldFerrari sports carPracticeCrashed
Harry SchellMay 13, 1960BRDC International Trophy RaceSilverstone CircuitCooper T51PracticeSomersaulted & Collided
Chris BristowJun 19, 1960Belgian F1 GPCircuit de Spa-FrancorchampsCooper T51RaceCar rolled over
Alan StaceyJun 19, 1960Belgian F1 GPCircuit de Spa-FrancorchampsLotus 18RaceHit by bird in face and crashed
Shane SummersJun 1, 1961Silver City TrophyBrands HatchCooperPractice
Giulio CabiancaJun 15, 1961TestAutodromo di ModenaCooper T51Test
Wolfgang von TripsSep 10, 1961Italian F1 GPMonzaFerrari 156 F1Race
Ricardo RodriguezNov 1, 1962Mexican GPAutodromo H. RodriguezLotus 24Practice
Gary HockingDec 21, 1962Non F1 eventWestmead CircuitLotus 24Practice
Carel Godin de BeaufortAug 1, 1964Belgian F1 GPNürburgringPorsche 718Practice
John TaylorAug 7, 1966Belgian F1 GPNürburgringBrabhamRace
Lorenzo BandiniMay 7, 1967Monaco F1 GPMonacoFerrari 312Race
Bob AndersonAug 14, 1967TestingSilverstoneBrabham BT55Testing
Jo SchlesserJul 7, 1968French F1 GPRouen-Les-EssartsHonda RA302Race
Gerhard MitterAug 1, 1969Belgian F1 GPNürburgringBMWPractice
Martin BrainMay 25, 1970Non F1 eventSilverstoneCooperRace
Piers CourageJun 21, 1970Dutch F1 GPZandvoortDe TomasoRace
Jochen RindtSep 5, 1970Italian F1 GPMonzaLotus 72
Jo SiffertOct 24, 1971Non F1 eventBranch HatchBRM P160RaceCrash due to brake failure
Roger WilliamsonJul 29, 1973Dutch F1 GPZandvoortMarchRace
Francois CevertOct 6, 1973US F1 GPWatkins GlenTyrrellQualiCrash
Peter RevsonMar 22, 1974TestingKyalamiShadow DN3Testing
Helmuth KoiniggOct 6, 1974US F1 GPWatkins GlenSurteesRaceCrash with badly fitted barrier
Mark DonohueAug 17, 1975Austrian F1 GPÖstenreichringMarchPractice
Tom PryceMar 5, 1977South African F1 GPKyalamiShadow DN8RaceHit by fire extinguisher
Ronnie PetersonSep 10, 1978Italian F1 GPMonzaLotus 78RaceCrash right after start
Patrick DepaillerAug 1, 1980TestingHockenheimAlfa Romeo 179Testing
Gilles VilleneuveMay 8, 1982Belgian F1 GPZolderFerrari 126CQualiCrash with backmarker
Riccardo PalettiJune 13, 1982Canadian F1 GPGilles VilleneuveOsellaRaceFire after crash into stalled car of Pironi
Elio de AngelisMay 14, 1986TestingPaul RicardBrabham BT55TestingCrash
Roland RatzenbergerApr 30, 1994San Marino F1 GPImolaSimtek S941QualiCrash turn 2
Ayrton SennaMay 1, 1994San Marino F1 GPImolaWilliams FW16RaceCrash turn 1 due to steering failure
Jules BianchiOct 5, 2014Japanese F1 GPSuzukaMarussia MR03RaceCrash with recovery verhicle

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