Sunday, December 1, 2013

Ayrton Senna's accident was avoidable

Senna's accident at Imola, San Marino, in 1994, was avoidable, as it was proved in Court in the second trial opened in 2005. It's not arbitrary that fans want someone to respond for Senna's death. Because, yes, it was a technical failure, but an avoidable one. 

Ayrton Senna with Chief Engineer at Williams, in 1994, Patrick Head, who was found guilty for "omitted control" in the reopened trial of 2005

According to the experts, the modifications in the steering column had been badly done. 

"A 600-page technical report was submitted by Bologna University under Professor of Engineering Enrico Lorenzini and his team of specialists. The report concluded that fatigue cracks had developed through 70% of the steering column at the point where it had broken. 

Lorenzini stated: “It had been badly welded together about a third of the way down and couldn’t stand the strain of the race. We discovered scratches on the crack in the steering rod. It seemed like the job had been done in a hurry but I can’t say how long before the race. Someone had tried to smooth over the join following the welding. I have never seen anything like it. I believe the rod was faulty and probably cracked even during the warm-up. Moments before the crash only a tiny piece was left connected and therefore the car didn’t respond in the bend.”

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