The two drivers died in separate crashes during the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994. Ratzenberger was killed when his car struck a barrier at the high-speed, right-hand Villeneuve corner during qualifying. The following day, Senna crashed and died at the Tamburello curve on the sixth lap of the grand prix. Both corners were subsequently altered.
The Automobile Club d’Italia announced a series of initiatives will be held at this year’s grand prix to mark the deaths of both drivers. F1 will return to the track it last raced at in 2022, having cancelled last year’s race due to severe flooding in the area.
“As a region we strongly wanted the return of Formula 1 to Imola, a central event in the very rich calendar of sporting events in Emilia-Romagna,” said Stefano Bonaccini, president of the Emilia-Romagna Region.
“This year the grand prix is enriched with further profound meanings: the memory of a much-loved champion like Ayrton Senna and a strong sign of a restart in Romagna hit by the flood.”
The 10th anniversary of the deaths was marked during the 2004 San Marino Grand Prix weekend by Gerhard Berger, compatriot of Ratzenberger and former team mate of Senna, who drove one of the three-times champion’s former Lotus cars around the circuit. A Senna memorial stands near the scene of his crash at the circuit.
Imola has also added five new grandstands for this year’s race, increasing capacity by 17,000.
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