List of Formula One fatalities
This list of Formula One fatalities includes drivers who have died during a FIA World Championship race weekend, and those who have died while driving modern or vintage Formula One cars outside the World Championship. Track marshals and other race attendees who have died as a result of these accidents are not included in the list. Fifty-two drivers have died from incidents that occurred at a FIA World Championship event or while driving a Formula One car at another event, with Cameron Earl being the first in 1952. Thirty-two of the drivers died from incidents during Grand Prix race weekends which formed part of the World Championship, seven during test sessions and twelve during non-championship Formula One events. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has seen the most fatalities; seven drivers have died there during the time that the Indianapolis 500 formed part of the world championship. Fifteen drivers died in the 1950s; fourteen in the 1960s; twelve in the 1970s; four in the 1980s and two in the 1990s. Following the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna at Imola on consecutive days in 1994, there were no driver fatalities caused during world championship events for more than 20 years until Jules Bianchi's death in 2015, from injuries sustained during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, although three drivers died in the intervening years while driving former Formula One cars (two from the 1960s, one from the 1990s) in vintage racing and other events not associated with World Championship Grands Prix.
|Indicates a race or test drive that was not part of the Formula One World Championship.|
|Rhodesia and Nyasaland||1962|
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway||7||1953||1959|
|Autodromo di Modena||3||1953||1961|
|Autodromo Nazionale Monza||1961||1978|
|Circuit Park Zandvoort||1970||2017|
|Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||2||1960||1960|
|Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari||1994||1994|
|Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez||1962|
|Circuit de Monaco||1967|
|Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||1982|
|Circuit Paul Ricard||1986|
- From 1950 to 1960, the Indianapolis 500 was part of the World Drivers' Championship.
- Ayulo died on May 17, 1955, the day after his accident.
- Lewis-Evans died of burns on October 25, 1958, six days after his accident.
- Unser Jr. died of burns on May 17, 1959, fifteen days after his accident.
- Bristow and Stacey died in separate accidents.
- Unable to slow down his car because of technical failure, Cabianca drove through an open gate onto an adjoining public road where he hit several vehicles. Cabianca was killed along with three other people.
- Having collided with Jim Clark, von Trips's car shot up the bank lining the track, hit a wire fence and struck several people gathered behind it while spinning in the air. Von Trips, who was ejected from the car, and fifteen spectators died.
- Godin de Beaufort died on August 2, 1964, the day after his accident.
- Taylor died of fifty per cent burns on September 8, 1966, thirty-two days after his accident.
- Bandini died on May 10, 1967, three days after his accident.
- After a tire had blown out, Donohue careened through a number of catch fences and billboards, a support post of which may have struck his helmet. He and Manfred Schaller, a track marshal who had been hit by debris, died on August 19, 1975, two days after the accident.
- Pryce and Frederick Jansen van Vuuren, a teenage volunteer safety marshal, were killed after colliding at high speed when Jansen van Vuuren was crossing the track to put out a fire.
- Experiencing a mechanical failure on his car, McGuire lost control and crashed into a marshals' post. He was killed along with track marshal John Thorpe.
- Peterson died in hospital on September 11, 1978, the day after his accident, as a result of fat embolism.
- De Angelis died on May 15, 1986, the day after his accident.
- Dawson-Damer crashed into a wooden gantry at the finish line, also killing Andrew Carpenter, a marshal, and seriously wounding another. The 59-year-old driver may have suffered a fatal heart attack before losing control of his car.
- Bianchi remained comatose in hospital until he succumbed to his injuries on July 17, 2015, more than nine months after his accident.
- Ferrer died on September 7, 2017, five days after his accident.
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