I’m in the middle of a four-day weekend, and one of the things I did last night was rent “1” on OnDemand. This is a documentary on how safety changed in Formula 1 from it’s beginnings to modern day.
It begins and ends with Martin Brundle’s end over end accident in the 1996 Austrailian Grand Prix, and shows the British driver walking away unhurt from an accident that certainly would have killed him only a few years earlier.
In between those clips, you’ll learn about some of the great drivers from Formula One’s deadliest era. But most importantly, you’ll also learn about the appalling conditions these drivers performed in until they demanded changes in the sport.
View it for the great vintage footage, but learn from it so you’ll gain a healthy respect for the drivers. Jochen Rindt was the first to speak out about the lack of safety in his Lotus 72, and sadly perished in it at Monza in 1970. Jackie Stewart, and subsequently Emerson Fittipaldi, were brave enough to take a leadership role in making tracks safer.
In the 70s, we lost an entire generation of future champions in François Cevert, Roger Williamson and Ronnie Peterson. You’ll learn about them as well.
It should be available on OnDemand until next month, and then it will be released on DVD sometime afterward.