On This Day: Lorenzo Bandini killed in Monaco Grand Prix crash

On This Day: Lorenzo Bandini killed in Monaco Grand Prix crash

May 7, 1967: Formula One racer Lorenzo Bandini suffered a fatal crash at the Monaco Grand Prix 46 years ago today – in a motorsport era marked by unrivalled tragedy and glory.

The 31-year-old Ferrari driver died from horrific burns three days after his car flipped over and burst into flames with the Italian trapped inside.

Bandini, whose funeral was attended by 100,000 people, was one of 14 drivers to lose their lives during Formula One races during the 1960s.

This British Pathé newsreel - reporting in 1967 on what is still the most glamorous grand prix of the F1 calendar - almost makes light of the crash.

After filming Bandini’s burning car – and showing yachts in Monte Carlo marina – the reporter moves on by announcing: "With 36 miles to go, the remainder raced on."

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Of course, this was a time when daredevil drivers, who might earn in their careers what Lewis Hamilton makes in a race, were expected to dice with death.

Even crowds took safety less seriously in what was considered a golden age for the sport with gentleman racers enjoying massive popularity.

The black and white footage also shows children from the densely populated principality dangling their legs over barriers to get a better view of the race.

Also, at the time the report was made, it was not known what condition Bandini was in and whether he might die.

Race organisers started taking safety more seriously after the 1968 death of beloved Briton Jim Clark.

Altogether, 20 F1 stars have died since Bandini’s death.

But no driver has died in a grand prix since Brazilian world champion Ayrton Senna lost his life after a crash at San Marino in 1994.

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