Fatal accidents in F1 (2024)

Over the years, as many as fifty F1 drivers died in harness. Thanks to increased safety in Formula One, the number of tragic accidents decreased significantly over the years. Jules Bianchi was the last Formula One driver to die as a result of an accident. The list below includes all drivers who died during or after an accident in a Formula 1 car during race weekends, training sessions and other events.

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A total of 50 drivers have died as a result of such accidents until 2023: 28 during Formula One Grand Prix events, 7 during the Indianapolis 500 (during the time it was still part of the F1 World Championship), 9 during test sessions and 6 during events not related to a world championship.

15 drivers died in the 1950s, 14 in the 1960s, 13 in the 1970s, 4 in the 1980s, 2 in the 1990s and 2 in the 21st century as well. The largest number of deceased drivers came from the United Kingdom. Twelve British drivers died in a Formula One car. The track where the most accidents occurred was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where seven drivers died during the Indianapolis 500, which was still part of the world championship in the 1950s. Only one driver became world champion posthumously: Jochen Rindt in 1970, who died during a qualifying session. One former world champion died during a race: Ayrton Senna in 1994.

Fatal accidents in F1

DriverDate of accidentLocation
Cameron Earl18 June 1952MIRA Test Circuit
Chet Miller15 May 1953Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Charles de Tornaco18 September 1953Autodromo Modena
Onofre Marimón31 June 1954Nürburgring
Mario Alborghetti11 April 1955Circuit de Pau
Manny Ayulo16 May 1955Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Bill Vukovich30 May 1955Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Eugenio Castellotti14 March 1957Autodromo Modena
Keith Andrews15 May 1957Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Pat O'Connor30 May 1958Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Luigi Musso6 July 1958Reims-Gueux
Peter Collins3 August 1958Nürburgring
Stuart Lewis-Evans19 September 1958Ain-Diab Circuit
Jerry Unser17 May 1959Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Bob Cortner19 May 1959Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Harry Schell13 May 1960Silverstone Circuit
Chris Bristow19 June 1960Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Alan Stacey19 June 1960Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Shane Summers1 June 1961Brands Hatch
Giulio Cabianca15 June 1961Modena
Wolfgang von Trips10 September 1961Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Ricardo Rodríguez1 November 1962Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Gary Hocking21 December 1962Westmead Circuit
Carel Godin de Beaufort2 August 1964Nürburgring
John Taylor7 August 1966Nürburgring
Lorenzo Bandini7 May 1967Circuit de Monaco
Bob Anderson14 August 1967Silverstone Circuit
Jo Schlesser7 July 1968Rouen-Les-Essarts
Gerhard Mitter2 August 1969Nürburgring
Martin Brain25 May 1970Silverstone Circuit
Piers Courage7 June 1970Circuit Zandvoort
Karl-Jochen Rindt5 September 1970Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Jo Siffert24 October 1971Brands Hatch
Roger Williamson29 July 1973Circuit Zandvoort
François Cevert6 October 1973Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course
Peter Revson30 March 1974Kyalami
Helmuth König6 October 1974Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course
Mark Donohue19 August 1975Österreichring (Red Bull Ring)
Tom Pryce5 March 1977Kyalami
Brian McGuire29 August 1977Brands Hatch
Ronnie Peterson11 September 1978Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Patrick Depailler1 August 1980Hockenheimring
Gilles Villeneuve8 May 1982Circuit Zolder
Riccardo Paletti13 June 1982Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Elio de Angelis15 May 1986Circuit Paul Ricard
Roland Ratzenberger30 April 1994Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
María de Villota3 July 2012Duxford Airfield
Jules Bianchi5 October 2014Suzuka Circuit

Safety first

Since its birth in the middle of the last century, Formula 1 has become progressively safer. This led to a reduction in the number of fatal accidents within the sport. A recent addition within F1 is co*ckpit protection called HALO. After Jules Bianchi's accident in 2014, they started developing such a system. The HALO has since proven its track record on several occasions, including during the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, when the innovative piece of technology saved the life of Romain Grosjean.

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171
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Oscar Piastri McLaren

124
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Sergio Pérez Red Bull

118
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295
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68
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