Derek Warwick’s somersaultsWritten by Ζήσης Βουργάνας
Translated by Nikos Arvanitis
British driver Derek Warwick competed in the Formula 1 World Championship for eleven years.
71 points, 4 podiums, two fastest laps, the rejection at the contract offered by Williams in 1985 and Senna’s “veto” that left him without a race seat in 1986 are the main characteristics that left him without a win in F1.
The highlights of every driver’s career, apart from victories, always include spectacular crashes.
Especially when these end up with… flips without any injury, then it is the best case scenario.
The British managed that twice.
Warwick drives a Lotus-Lamborghini and starts 12th.
At the start of the race he gains a place by overtaking his team-mate, Martin Donnelly.
Before the end of the first lap though, he will go wider than allowed in Parabolica and as a result, he will touch the grass, hit the barriers and the car will flip before landing in the middle of the track.
Luckily, none of the following cars crashed the British’s twisted car, avoiding worse situations.
He unfastened his seatbelts and walked to the pits.
After two years of absence from F1, Warwick returned in 1993, replacing Michele Alboreto.
During the Sunday warm up, the track conditions were not good, because heavy rain had minimized visibility.
The British crashed Luca Badoer’s rear (who wasn’t on a flying lap) and as a result he lost both right tyres and the two wings.
As a spectator in his own car, he ended up to the gravel trap, where the car flipped and he got trapped under that.
Ferrari drivers, Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger who saw the incident, stopped their cars and ran to help the stewards free Warwick.
His team-mate, Aguri Suzuki did the same, when he arrived at the crash moments later.
Luckily he survived without a scratch and took part in the afternoon race with the team’s third car.