During the Italian Grand Prix on September 10, 1961, Wolfgang von Trips found himself in a fierce competition for the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship against his teammate Phil Hill. Unfortunately, on the second lap of the race at Monza, von Trips’ Ferrari collided with Jim Clark’s Lotus near what is currently known as Curva Alboreto. The impact caused his car to become airborne, crashing into a side barrier. Tragically, von Trips was fatally ejected from the car, and the incident resulted in the loss of fifteen spectators’ lives.
Watch Wolfgang von Trips and his Ferrari barreling towards a spectator’s camera, Monza 1961
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