The Brazilian champion’s nephew was in one of the most spectacular accidents in F1
It was the 1993 Formula 1 season when the Italian GP brought with him one of the most spectacular accidents ever in the competition: Christian Fittipaldi made a complete looping on the finish line.
And, in addition to the spectacularity seen in the images, the story of the moment it happened is, no less, worthy of souvenir.
Damon Hill had already crossed the line as the winner of the race. The two Minardi were two laps late on their last passage through the Monza straight – Pierluigi Martini in seventh and Fittipaldi in eighth.
The nephew of the Brazilian F1 world champion entered on the straight, glued to his teammate and when he came out from behind the other Minardi to gain the benefits of the suction cone, he did it closer to Martini’s car by hitting him with the front left wing and wheel.
This impact made Fittipaldi’s car take off and make a 360º turn in the air, completing the loop with a ‘standing’ landing, but continuing with his Minardi, already half destroyed, then behind Martini.
And both ended the race in the positions they were in when the accident happened. Martini finished seventh and Fittipaldi cut the finish line, with the right front wheel hanging down and the left following his car, in eighth – ahead of two others placed in a race in which Pedro Lamy (11th) was the one who he did more laps among those who didn’t finish.
Closing the story, Christian Fittipaldi was unharmed from inside the Minardi.