30 Years On: Karl Wendlinger Reflects on His F1 Journey

Three decades ago, Karl Wendlinger’s Formula 1 career was on the ascent after a promising start to the 1994 season with Sauber. However, his trajectory took a dramatic turn during the first practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. Wendlinger lost control of his car as he approached the Nouvelle chicane, resulting in a devastating crash into the barriers.

After a prolonged recovery period to regain his racing fitness, Wendlinger made his comeback at the Spanish Grand Prix a year later. Despite his return, he struggled to recapture his former performance levels, and by the end of 1995, his time in Formula 1 had come to an end.

In an in-depth conversation with Tom Clarkson, Karl Wendlinger opens up about the crash, revealing that the cause remains a mystery to him. He discusses the physical and mental toll it took, his determination to return to racing, and how he coped with the eventual end of his F1 career.

Additionally, Wendlinger reminisces about his time in the Mercedes junior programme alongside Michael Schumacher and fondly recalls the warm welcome he received from Ayrton Senna upon his arrival on the F1 grid.

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