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List of Formula One fatal accidents

Five drivers have died while driving a Formula One car at the Nürburgring; only the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has had more casualties.
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This is a list of Formula One fatal accidents, which consists of all the drivers who have died during a FIA World Championship race weekend, or elsewhere while driving a Formula One car. It does not include track marshals and other race attendees, or F1 races held before the inauguration of the World Championship in 1950. Forty-five drivers have died in this fashion, 24 during a World Championship Grand Prix race weekend, 8 during Indianapolis 500 World Championship events, 9 during a test session and 4 during a non-championship Formula One event.

Fifteen drivers died in the 1950s; twelve in the 1960s; ten in the 1970s; four in the 1980s and two in the 1990s. No drivers have been involved in a fatal accident since 1994. Drivers from the United States of America have had the most fatal accidents with eleven drivers from that country having died, although eight of these were while participating in the Indy 500 during the 1950s when it was part of the Formula One World Championship.

Driver Date of accident Race Circuit Car During
22px-Flag of the United States.png Chet Miller 15 May 1953 1953 Indianapolis 500
The Indianapolis 500 was part of the World Championship from 1950 until 1960. In this context, an Indianapolis 500 "event" includes both the race itself and all the testing, practice and qualifying sessions in the so-called "month of May" leading up to the race.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Kurtis Kraft Practice
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Charles de Tornaco Sep 18, 1953 Test Modena Autodrome Ferrari Test
22px-Flag of Argentina.png Onofre Marimón Jul 31, 1954 1954 German Grand Prix Nürburgring Maserati Practice
22px-Flag of the United States.png Manny Ayulo 16 May 1955 1955 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Kuzma Practice
22px-Flag of the United States.png Bill Vukovich 30 May 1955 1955 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Kurtis Kraft Race
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Eugenio Castellotti Mar 14, 1957 Test Modena Autodrome Ferrari Test
22px-Flag of the United States.png Keith Andrews 15 May 1957 1957 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Kurtis Kraft Practice
22px-Flag of the United States.png Pat O'Connor 30 May 1958 1958 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Kurtis Kraft Race
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luigi Musso Jul 6, 1958 1958 French Grand Prix Reims-Gueux Ferrari Race
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Peter Collins Aug 3, 1958 1958 German Grand Prix Nürburgring Ferrari Race
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Stuart Lewis-Evans Sep 19, 1958 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix Ain-Diab Circuit Vanwall Race
22px-Flag of the United States.png Jerry Unser 17 May 1959 1959 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Kurtis Kraft Pre-race test
22px-Flag of the United States.png Bob Cortner 19 May 1959 1959 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Cornis Pre-race test
22px-Flag of the United States.png Harry Schell 13 May 1960 International Trophy International Trophy was not a part of the 1960 world championship. Silverstone Cooper Qualifying
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Chris Bristow Jun 19, 1960 1960 Belgian Grand Prix
Although both drivers died at the same Grand Prix, Alan Stacey and Chris Bristow were not involved in the same accident. Bristow died on the 19th lap after being thrown out of his car, a result of losing control of his car at Malmedy, while Stacey died on the 24th lap after a bird flew into his face and he lost control of his car.
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Cooper Race
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alan Stacey Jun 19, 1960 1960 Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Lotus Race
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giulio Cabianca Jun 15, 1961 Test Modena Autodrome Cooper Test
22px-Flag of Germany.png Wolfgang von Trips Fifteen spectators were also killed in Von Trips' fatal accident. Sep 10, 1961 1961 Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza Ferrari Race
22px-Flag of Mexico.png Ricardo Rodríguez At the age of 20 years, 8 months and 18 days, Ricardo Rodríguez is the youngest person to have suffered a fatal accident in Formula One. Nov 1, 1962 1962 Mexican Grand Prix Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Lotus Practice
22px-Flag of Rhodesia (1964).jpg Gary Hocking Dec 21, 1962 Hocking was killed in a Formula One practice Session. He was killed one week prior to his first Formula One Grand Prix. 1962 Natal Grand Prix Westmead Circuit Lotus Practice
22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Carel Godin de Beaufort Aug 2, 1964 1964 German Grand Prix Nürburgring Porsche Practice
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png John Taylor Aug 7, 1966 John Taylor died of serious burns a few weeks after the accident on 8 September 1966 in Koblenz, Germany. 1966 German Grand Prix Nürburgring Brabham Race
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Lorenzo Bandini 7 May 1967 Lorenzo Bandini died of serious burns three days after his accident . 1967 Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco Ferrari Race
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Bob Anderson Aug 14, 1967 Test Silverstone Brabham Test
22px-Flag of France.png Jo Schlesser Jul 7, 1968 1968 French Grand Prix Rouen-Les-Essarts Honda Race
22px-Flag of Germany.png Gerhard Mitter Aug 2, 1969 1969 German Grand Prix Nürburgring BMW Mitter was driving a Formula Two car. F2 cars were allowed to take part in the F1 race as part of a separate contest. Practice
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Piers Courage Jun 7, 1970 1970 Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Zandvoort De Tomaso Race
22px-Flag of Austria.png Jochen Rindt After his death, Jochen Rindt was declared champion after his rivals failed to overhaul his points tally four Grands Prix later. Sep 5, 1970 1970 Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza Lotus Qualifying
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Jo Siffert Oct 24, 1971 1971 World Championship Victory Race The World Championship Victory Race was not a part of the 1971 world championship. Brands Hatch BRM Race
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Roger Williamson Jul 29, 1973 1973 Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Zandvoort March Race
22px-Flag of France.png François Cevert Oct 6, 1973 1973 United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course Tyrrell Qualifying
22px-Flag of the United States.png Peter Revson Mar 30, 1974 1974 South African Grand Prix Kyalami Shadow Pre-race test
22px-Flag of Austria.png Helmut Koinigg Oct 6, 1974 1974 United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course Surtees Race
22px-Flag of the United States.png Mark Donohue Aug 19, 1975 1975 Austrian Grand Prix Österreichring Penske Practice
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Pryce As well as Tom Pryce, Jansen Van Vuuren, a teenage volunteer safety marshal, died in the accident after Pryce collided with him at high speed. Mar 5, 1977 1977 South African Grand Prix Kyalami Shadow Race
22px-Flag of Australia.png Brian McGuire Aug 29, 1977 McGuire was killed in a Shellsport Formula One Race at Brands Hatch, which was not part of the Formula One Championship. 1977 Shellsport Championship Round 11 Shellsport Championship Round 11 was not a part of the 1977 World Championship. Brands Hatch Williams Practice
22px-Flag of Sweden.png Ronnie Peterson Sep 11, 1978 Peterson died in hospital the following day. 1978 Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza Lotus Race
22px-Flag of France.png Patrick Depailler Aug 1, 1980 Test Hockenheimring Alfa Romeo Test
22px-Flag of the Canada.png Gilles Villeneuve 8 May 1982 Villeneuve died in hospital later that day. 1982 Belgian Grand Prix Zolder Ferrari Qualifying
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Riccardo Paletti Jun 13, 1982 1982 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Osella Race
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Elio de Angelis 15 May 1986 Test Circuit Paul Ricard Brabham Test
22px-Flag of Austria.png Roland Ratzenberger Apr 30, 1994 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Simtek Qualifying
22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ayrton Senna 1 May 1994 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Williams Race

By circuit

Rank Circuit Fatal accidents
Total First Last
1 22px-Flag of the United States.png Indianapolis Motor Speedway 8 1953 1959
2 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nürburgring 5 1954 1969
3 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Modena Autodrome 3 1953 1961
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Autodromo Nazionale Monza 1961 1978
6 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 2 1960 1960
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Silverstone Circuit 1960 1967
22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Circuit Zandvoort 1970 1973
22px-Flag of the United States.png Watkins Glen International 1973 1974
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Brands Hatch 1971 1977
22px-Flag of South Africa.png Kyalami 1974 1977
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari 1994 1994
11 22px-Flag of France.png Reims-Gueux 1 1958
32px-Flag of Morocco.png Ain-Diab Circuit 1958
22px-Flag of France.png Charade Circuit 1959
22px-Flag of South Africa.png Westmead Circuit 1962
22px-Flag of Mexico.png Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 1962
22px-Flag of Monaco.png Circuit de Monaco 1967
22px-Flag of France.png Rouen-Les-Essarts 1968
22px-Flag of Austria.png Österreichring 1975
22px-Flag of Germany.png Hockenheimring 1980
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Zolder 1982
22px-Flag of the Canada.png Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 1982
22px-Flag of France.png Circuit Paul Ricard 1986