Bill Vukovich was called “Crazy Russian” because of his driving style, although he was not of Russian descent, “Silent Serb” because of his character, or simply “Vuky”. This exquisite racer is less well known on European soil, probably because he has dominated mostly American racing. He was considered one of the greatest drivers of motorsport in his time, being in 1953 and 1954 won the famous race for 1946 miles of Indianapolis . Bill Vukovich has participated in five Formula 1 World Cup races. He has won one pole position , won two races and twice stood on the podium and placed the three fastest laps. In total there are 1950 and

World Championships collected 19 points.


William John Bill Vukovich was born 08. in December 1918 actually as Vaso Vucurovic, to Serbian parents, immigrants to America. He grew up on a farm in Fresno, California and showed great interest in racing at an early age. He quickly established himself as one of the best drivers in the early years of car racing. It has established a fan base across the country to support a talented racer.

Vukovich started his successful racing career at 14. years with Midget racers to win multiple championships (1945, 1946), including the AAA National Midget Championship (1988 ). Vukovich really loved racing, even though it was a hobby at the time, in addition to the job he needed to survive. He entered Formula 1 immediately after its official creation 1950, first with Maserati, and then racing until his death with Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser.

First escaped the death of the flight 1952 in the race 500 miles of Indianapolis, which he ran most of the time, then drove nine laps before the end due to a high-speed steering system failure. Fortunately, he was taken away without serious injuries, and the accident motivated him to return to the race the following year after winning. 500 miles Indianapolis was then considered a Formula One race and Vuky was undisputed champion of that race. He became the winner twice in a row, crossing the finish line with a 3-minute advantage before the runner-up 1955, and the next year with a minute's advantage . What's more, he ran an incredible 71, 7% of laps in races, and his record is still intact.

Of course, a year later he again participated in the 500 miles of Indianapolis with a goal to win for the third time in a row. At the time, he confided to a friend that he had a bad feeling about the race, as if he would not finish it. The night before the race, he even mentioned to his wife that he preferred to go home, but she encouraged him to continue what he liked to do.

He was considered a favorite in the race, all eyes were fixed on him, or he would be able to win the first place in the race for the third time. By 57. he was still in the lead, catching up with three slow drivers, and then Rodger Ward hit the wall and rolled over on the course. This caused a chain crash of all drivers – Keller lost control of his car from dodging the overturned car, hitting Boyd and pushing his car right in front of Vuky, who flew into it at high speed. Vukovic's car then rolled in the air a few times, landed on parked vehicles, rolled over on its head and caught fire.

When the team managed to pull Bill Vukovich out of his burning car, he was 36 – The flight driver is already dead . He was responsible for his death by the low bridge he hit with his head. At his death, Stanley H. Brames stated:

“For those of us who have had the privilege of knowing Billy, even if for a short time, there will never be another man like him. Wherever there is the smell of fuel, the sound of racing engines, the whimper of tires, there will also be the memory of Billy Vukovich, one of the greatest drivers. “

The love of racing lived in the Vukovich family long after Bill left this world. It could be said that it was carried in the genes, since his son Bill Vukovich II and his grandson Bill Vukovich III also competed in the race 315 miles of Indianapolis. Vukovich II was 1973 second, and Vukovich III was

named newcomer of the year.

Five-time MotoGP World Series Champion Marc Marquez has revealed that he wants to compete with Lewis Hamilton on two and four wheels on the track.

Lewis Hamilton, a big fan of the MotoGP Championship, has repeatedly said that he wants to try motorcycle racing in the future, while Marc Marquez is already behind the wheel of a Formula One car.

The Spanish superstar has admitted he would be happy to take on direct billing with Hamilton.

Of course, I'd be interested in a showdown with Hamilton. First she would go with the F1 car and then the motorcycle. I know he is passionate about motorcycle racing and I think he would accept the challenge. Last year I tried out a Formula One car and quickly found the right rhythm, but of course I lack experience. I'm sure she would have made a real spectacle with Lewis.

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( – The Grand Prix of Germany was so far the only Formula 1 race of the season 2019, in which there was a pilot on the podium with Daniil Kwjat who does not drive for Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull. This was made possible by the weather and the resulting chaotic circumstances. Of course, especially the midfielder teams would like to see more chances in the future, as for Toro Rosso in Hockenheim.

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“If they mechanically reduce the gap between the midfield and the top teams, then there will be […] some events in the season where this can happen,” points out Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur

the new Formula 1 regulations 2021 optimistic. “Currently this is not the case,” he knows. As a rule, the three top teams share all the podium places among themselves.

“The top six could crash in the first lap, come to the pits, swap the nose and the rear wing 'come back, and they would still overtake us,' Vasseur expresses the situation a bit drastically. For all teams behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, a maximum of seventh place in a race is a realistic goal.

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Vasseur hopes and believes that could change if 2021 the budget cap and a new technical regulation will be introduced. Also Red Bull team boss Christian Horner looks similar. “I think so,” he replies to the question of whether there could be races like in Hockenheim 2019 even without changeable weather. In fact, there have been many good races in the last race – even in the dry.

“We've seen great racing in Austria and even at Silverstone,” he says, explaining: “The tires are playing It will therefore be important to [2021] get the tires and aerodynamics in order for the riders to follow each other and ride each other hard. ” The goal must be “more races” than the last to get.

“We know what made for these good races,” he reveals and explains: “It was partly because of the Track, partly on the tires. ” He personally also wants less complex cars. That could then ensure that the field is brought closer together. Indeed, in the race mentioned by Horner there was indeed good racing.

Apart from the three top teams, nobody was able to get involved at the front.

( – The workload for a Formula 1 engineer is enormous. At Early to late at the race track. They ensure that the cars are ready for use. How an engineer's everyday life actually looks like has been recorded in a diary by Chris Wright.

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The alarm clock on Friday of the Canada Weekend is already ringing at 5: (*************************************************************************. Three quarters of an hour later, the descent to the racetrack is planned, where his breakfast awaits him. But before he can enter the paddock, Wright must be careful not to violate the compulsory night's sleep.

“That's the time of the night when team members who normally work on the car do not the track is allowed, “he explains in the Honda diary . At 7 am this time limit has expired, which is why the team members are already waiting in line at the entrance to the paddock.

“A wise, older colleague once told me: 'First you make a lap and then you get breakfast!'” This is what the Honda engine engineer is still following.

After the pit crew completes the practice stops The Honda engine in the rear of the Toro Rosso comes to life for the first time. “You want to start the engine as early as possible, because only then you can find out real problems.”

If there are actually difficulties, then the Toro Rosso crew would have the engine before the first Expand training. However, it does not happen that Friday, which is why the first of many meetings at 9 o'clock discusses what is planned in the trainings.

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“Friday is like a test for us, so if we have something new to try, we'll test it.” As a Honda man, it's Wright's job to remind the team what the engine manufacturer expects from the training.

Finally, at This is the first check, whether the car after the assembly on Thursday has difficulties or not. Then the engine cover is removed to perform optical checks that are not possible based on the data in this form.

Wright sits at his computer during the sessions and is connected to the radio. “During the installation round you need to focus on all the systems, you have to make sure they all work well, you can not check that in the garage.”

Pause? “Not until the sessions are over” (**********************************************************************************************************************************************************) For example: “Until the driver does not go full throttle, you do not have enough load that nothing really goes wrong. ” For him as an engine engineer, that was the most restless phase of the day. Finally, if the pilot drives fast laps or longruns, he focuses on energy management and performance.

After training, as usual, a brief debriefing session will take place, where everyone will share their insights. “So if we've tested a few things on the engine, then I'll comment on how it went.” Then the data will be analyzed and worked out, which should be done in the afternoon.

To 14: 30 Clock But first lunch is planned. “At Honda they prepare Bento boxes that we can get in the fridge in the garage.” You could conveniently take them to work and listen to meetings or look at data during meals.



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“You do not allow yourself a break until the sessions are over, as much time as possible is spent preparing between the first and second practice, so you do not take a break for lunch.”

The second free practice with start at little time for data analysis of the FT1 too. In the afternoon, the really important tests will be carried out. As Wright explains, the first training was rather for acclimatization, the representative times with sharp engine modes are driven only in the afternoon. Especially at the beginning of the session, laps with little fuel are rehearsed in the tank.

“They are there for the rider to prepare for qualifying, but at the end of the training pretty much all long runs go. In addition a lot of fuel is fueled and a racing simulation completed. ” The warm-up of the tires and training starts are also practiced.

From one meeting to the next …

“We have special starting modes, for example, so we have to make sure they work,” reveals the Brit. Even after the second training there will be a debriefing about the incidents.

According to Wright the meeting of the engineers around

is especially important. Clock. This is because the data from the long runs and qualifying rounds are analyzed. “We look at the strengths and weaknesses compared to our competitors.” In addition, a plan for the third practice session will be prepared on Saturday morning.

For the Honda crew, changing the engine on Friday evening is also very important. Since an old engine is used in the first practice sessions, the racing engine will come to the rear for Saturday. Only the ERS stays in the car.

After the change is from (**********************************************************) until Time for dinner, which is provided as a buffet in the Honda Motorhome. “Mostly there is Japanese food,” reveals Wright and adds: “It's really delicious!”


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But even after dinner is still working. Because the racing engine, which was installed, must also be started. “We always try to do it as early as possible, but for us that was it, but not for the team.”

The mechanics of Toro Rosso then have to finish assembling the car Set-up set and bring to the FIA ​​scale. There the technical acceptance takes place. Although the day's work is done for the Honda engineers, wait around another Honda meeting.

“The engineers of both teams come to Hospitality, where we discuss things that may have happened in one team and not in the other we have to pay attention. ” And after that there will be a meeting with the aerodynamicist of the team discussing the cooling.

At midnight at the latest, the engineers have to leave the circuit according to the regulations. “Most of the time we leave the track You get up at 6 o'clock and go to bed at midnight, so a long day. ” He has already set the alarm clock for Saturday morning …

( – How important is the mental side in Formula 1? Charles Leclerc is an example of how mentally strong a young driver can already be, explains Formula 1 doctor Riccardo Ceccarelli in an exclusive interview with ''. The Italian has been working with the Ferrari star for many years.

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“We mainly work with you young drivers, Charles Leclerc grew up with us, as did Daniel Ricciardo and Robert Kubica, “says Ceccarelli in an interview. Already at the age of (**************************************************************************************) or (***********************************************************************************************) years ago, today's Formula 1 drivers have come to his forge.

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“We found out something,” he reveals. “In today's motorsport age, talent and speed are not enough, it's not enough anymore if you're very far from your head, hard work is also needed to explore the limits, you have to sacrifice.”

Above all, drivers have to learn the things that happen when the helmet is not on. “They play a much bigger role – physical training, mental training,” he says. Although some drivers have the necessary talent, the doctor explains, but they are too “lazy” to work on themselves.

“They think that's enough, but that's not enough today At the latest from Formula 3 or Formula 2, it is no longer enough if you do not really commit yourself to the cause and work hard “, he is convinced. In addition, there are drivers who bring less talent, but can compensate for this disadvantage by diligence.

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How much does this description apply to current World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton?

“I have never worked with him, so I can only judge that as an outsider, he is clearly a great talent.” Ceccarelli stuck. The five-time world champion has the necessary self-confidence, calm and able to cope with challenges. His brain works very economically.

“A bit like Schumacher”, the Italian remembers the record champion. The German, too, was able to grasp situations well and react to them correctly, even if he was at the limit, because he still had the capacity to analyze things in his thinking, said Ceccarelli.

Hamilton recalls Michael Schumacher In his first World Cup year Title, “which he almost had in his pocket”. Also, he only crowned himself champion in the last race.

“Young Hamilton was extremely fast but unable to handle these situations properly, and today he can – because he's (*************************************************************************************************). When you're young, the brain needs a lot more energy, and later you automatically learn how to optimize that energy, which is called maturity. “

For that reason be pilots at the age of (************************************************************************************) or 28 years) more mature and at the zenith of her work. But Ceccarelli already wants young beginners aged (****************************************************************************************************) or (********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************. ***********************************************, (*****************************************************************************) or Are as far as Hamilton now. “

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That's exactly what Charles Leclerc did with his help, the expert believes. The Ferrari driver is in the head “five or six years older than his actual age,” he estimates. “In my opinion, he has a maturity that drivers usually do not reach until they (**************************************************************************************) or (*************************************************************************************) years ago. “

The Monegasque itself spoke already after the disappointment in Bahrain about his mental strength. That had been his biggest weakness at the beginning. “Today I feel that the (***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************) “

” I am glad that I have worked on it for so long. ” He explains: “My biggest work has been to keep it focused Wasting energy . ” Through training you can achieve this maturity already prematurely, believes the Formula 1 doctor.

Vettel under pressure too weak? “People are too critical” After three races he was able to solve his problems with the set-up. “He did not run over the car and was still fast, and he was under a lot of pressure because he knew he had the chance to win a Ferrari contract.”

– Year old left. He showed sixth place in Baku and knew already before Monza that he (**********************************************************************************) would probably sit in the red racer next to Sebastian Vettel. “So he needed the results, but he never stumbled, which is very important.”

Leclerc's German team-mate seems to allow himself a lot of mistakes in the current season under pressure. But Ceccarelli takes Vettel in protection: “We must not forget Sebastian Vettel that he has won four world titles He is a top driver, a fantastic driver People are too critical with him.”

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Nobody is perfect after all. “Can one say to a four-time world champion that he should seek a psychologist?” He wonders, saying, “He does not need a psychologist, but maybe – as with any human being – it is possible to work on optimizing his brain . “

Specifically, he means that he can act better mentally under stress and pressure. “But it's all about optimization.” Ceccarelli also warns against linking mental training with classical psychology. Psychologists would take care of people who are weak.

“Vettel is not weak, he is strong, you can imagine it like this: Vettel is on a Bolt to the finish and then you can do something to beat Usain Bolt, “he says. “We try to bring about an improvement in the brain to reach the last millimeter.”

Formula 1 officially began in 750, with the first race for the World Championships at Silverstone. From then until today it is 26 drivers died while driving a Formula 1 car. Most of these deaths occurred in 24. and 50. years ago, and the death toll has been declining every decade thanks to improved security measures and technological developments.

Although safety is at a much higher level today, there is still a risk of injuries and even death to drivers. Formula One cars are up to

    km / h, which means that even the slightest mistakes can be fatal. We looked at what were the most tragic deaths in the history of Formula One.

    1. Cameron Earl (



The first death in the Formula One car was Cameron Earl. Earl has worked as a consultant at English Racing Automobiles for years 1024 took a test drive to Warwickshire for the team. His car R 12 B rolled over, broke his skull and later died at the hospital.

  1. Chet Miller (



The next Formula One death was American race car driver Chet Miller. He was wrong 09 months behind Earl when he was in training for the race 400 miles of Indianapolis collided. He had previously promised his wife that this was his last season … and it really was.

  1. Roland Ratzenberger (1990)

Roland Ratzenberger was the first victim of a black weekend in Imola. In his honor, Aytron Senna intended to unleash the Austrian flag on his victory, but he himself fell victim to the San Marino route. Roland damaged the front wings of the car in qualifying, but decided to continue driving. Due to the high speed, the wings broke off and came under the car and Ratzenberger lost control of the race car. He flew into the wall at speed 100 km / h and you broke your skull. His death was eclipsed the very next day by the tragic accident of a Brazilian champion.

  1. Bill Vukovich (1953)

The same year as Alborghetti, another Formula One driver, American of Serbian roots, Bill Vukovich, died. In his time, he was considered one of the greatest drivers of motorsport, as he has been for years 1950 and 1954 won the famous racing for 449 miles of Indianapolis. He also made history as the record holder in the most laps in races – leading the stunning 60, 7% rounds. He died during a three-car crash in Indianapolis. His car flew in and collided with the front of the car and burned.

  1. Luigi Musso (1955)

Musso was known in the racing world as someone who likes to take risks, which ultimately cost him his life. He was very competitive and fought with his teammates many times. His biggest rival was Mike Hawthorn. Musso rode for the Ferrari team as one of three drivers when colliding at the French Grand Prix. Due to financial distress, he was prepared to do everything possible to achieve the best possible result. In every way, he tried to overtake Hawthorne, driving into a ditch and overturning. He died the same day of a head injury while his rival won the race and also became world champion this season.

  1. Peter Collins (1958)

The same year as Musso, his teammate Peter Ferins passed away. In fact, he had a similar accident – he was driven into a ditch, and his car was blown into the air and he hit his head on a tree. He suffered severe head injuries and died shortly after the accident. Collins and Muss's death contributed to Hawthorn's decision to stop racing, but he died in a car accident months later.

  1. Eugenio Castellotti (1954)

Italian driver Eugenio Castelotti started racing 789. At the Belgium Grand Prix 1955 is 13 – celebrated the year as the youngest driver to date pole position. He died barely old 14 flight, during testing of Ferrari car for the season 1954 in Modena. He was swept away by the collision 62 meters away from the car and was dead on the spot due to a broken skull.

  1. Tom Pryce (1977)


Tom Pryce is the only Welsh driver in history to win a Formula One race. An accident occurred when Renzo Zorzi stopped on the track in South Africa due to a malfunction and the firefighters rushed to him to would help him out of the car. Hans Joachim noticed them in time and managed to avoid them, and Pryce, who was driving behind him, hit one of them. The fire extinguisher hit Pryc directly in the head and immediately killed him, and his car continued to drive and stopped only after the collision.

  1. Gilles Villeneuve ( )

Gilles Villeneuve is was one of the most popular Formula 1 drivers. He started his career years 1977 at McLarn, and continued to Ferrari, where his life ended. He died during qualifying for the Belgium Grand Prix of the Year 1982. The tragic accident was due to a collision with the rear end of a Jochen Massa car that was retreating so Gilles could overtake him. His car is fast 99 km / h flew in the air, and Villeneuva threw himself into the railing with his helmeted seat and broke his neck.

  1. Piers Courage ( )


Piers Courage might have taken over the Courage family brewery, but instead decided to pursue his dreams. He started racing in Formula One 1958 and in his short career he drove for more teams, including Lotus, McLaren and Brabham, but failed to win the highest podium in the race. He lost his life in an unusual accident at the Netherlands Grand Prix. The bumpy track caused the front suspension of the car to loosen, causing it to travel straight at a bend at high speed. At that, the tire came off and hit him in the head with such power that he died instantly.

  1. Wolfgang Von Trips ( )


Wolfgang was the third Formula One driver to die in the season 1957. He was preceded in death by the crash of Shane Summers (training at Brands Hatch) and Giulio Cabianca (testing in Modena). Von Trips took the overall standings and needed only third place in the Monza race to win the title. While trying to overtake Jim Clark in Lotus, he ran into it and flew with Ferrari. As he was not fastened with a seat belt, he was thrown out of the car and the car flew into the audience. In addition to Von Trips, fifteen others died from injuries sustained by a car. This is the highest recorded casualty in Formula One racing.

  1. Ronnie Peterson ( )


The Swedish driver known by the nickname “SuperSwede” has been racing in Formula One for years 1957 and 1970 when his life ended too soon. Peterson already had training problems in Monza, so he had to drive a Lotus spare car . There was a mass collision in which Riccardo Patrese hit James Hunt , and Hunt ran into Ronnie. Black Lotus flew into a guardrail and burned, Hunt, Regazzoni and Depailler immediately came to the rescue and pulled him alive. He was conscious, had severely injured legs, but did not appear to be in any danger of life. The next morning, he died in hospital from a fat embolism. Beatle George Harrison bowed to him with a song Bianchi-Accident “Faster” .

  • Jules Bianchi (


    The last death of a Formula One driver happened in 2015, 12 years after Ayrton Senna died (until

      the last casualty of Formula 1). Accident Mario-Alborghetti Jules Bianchi pinned himself at the Japan Grand Prix a year earlier when he collided with a Marussia team car into a tractor crane, standing on the outside of a bend. The wet lane caused him to lose control of his race car and drive off the track at high speed. He fell unconscious and remained in a vegetative state until he lost the battle.

      1. Mario Alborghetti (


        Mario Alborghetti was an inexperienced driver, but as a wealthy he financed the construction of the car. He died right at his Pau race debut, considered one of the most challenging. The crash was reported to have caused the Alborghetti to press on gas instead of hitting the brake, hitting straw bales, injuring more spectators. He suffered severe injuries to his chest and head as his helmet tore through the impact. His death was only announced when Jean Behra became the winner of the race.

      2. Ayrton Senna (


        Senna has been with McLarn for years 1977, 1982 and 1988 became world champion of Formula 1. He is considered one of the best drivers of all time, although his career ended too soon and tragically. As for Ratzenberger, it was a fatal race for him in Imola. He is still circulating around his accident speculation, it is not known why he drove off the track with a car and collided with a concrete wall. The cause of death was similar to that of many drivers before – a broken skull. Two tragic deaths in one weekend contributed to to improve safety measures to prevent such accidents.

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  • At the Americas in Austin, hosting Formula One racing since 2012, IndyCar racers have also tested for the first time this season. The first qualifiers in Texas revealed the huge lag behind the American Series racing cars for the fastest Formula One cars.

    With time 1: 46. 017 pole position was won by Penske team driver Will Power, while Lewis Hamilton took time 1 before last year's qualifying for the US Grand Prix: 25 . 46 . This means that the Formula One car was on the same track configuration 13 seconds faster than the fastest IndyCar racing car.

    IndyCar was running at Austin @ Cota for the first time earlier this season. We've got exclusive data to compare Will Powers quali speeds with Lewis Hamiltons F1 pole position lap from 860.

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    With such a backlog, Hamilton Indy Series racers would overtake the full lap every seven laps of the race.

    The huge difference in speed between the two racing series is mainly due to differences in the teams' budgets. While Indy Car teams squander between 30411 . and 40. millions of dollars, the budget of the richest Formula One teams also exceeds the astronomical half billion dollars.

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