F1 » In memory of ... Stefan Bellof


Ahead of the German Grand Prix, Will Saunders looks back at "one of the great unanswerable 'what ifs' of F1"

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FVA47

July 15, 2014 9:04 PM

Following on from Stefan Bellof,s fatal accident at Spa, the technical regulations were changed to move the drivers back within the car hence the Porsche 956 was redesigned in to the 962.
It's a great shame that we lost Stefan Bellof, one of the great, young, up and coming drivers of his era, and whether he would have survived that impact in a 962 was debatable, however it signalled another milestone in safety improvements within the sport, but at a cost!

david.welterribeiro

July 15, 2014 11:34 AM

I saw Bellof racing at Estoril and though I was relatively young at the time, I still remember one thing: he was one of the few, if not the only one, to come down the start/finish straight without ever using the clutch, even when shifting down. There was no revving of the engine between gears, just a smooth change.
Regarding Monaco, rumour has it that Ickx bowed to Prost, who was seeing his victory slip away in the wet, frantically waving his arms to signal to stop the race. Ironically, since he only got half points for that race, he lost that championship by half a point to Lauda. Had he finished second with full points, he would have won it.
It's important to notice, that Senna, who was a rain and Monaco specialist, came in 2nd, starting 13th, while Bellof came in 3rd, starting 20th!

formulawill

July 16, 2014 9:45 AM

@squiggle - i can only apologise for my lack of in-depth knowledge of the internal wranglings of the stones in the 1960s. although 'barbarian' may be the best insult i have ever, or will ever, receive/d. kudos.

fully agree on bellof though. being unfortunately too young to have seen villeneuve/bellof, there are very few drivers since who have demonstrated such an attacking style and visible sense of hustle.

JimmyTheRealOne

July 15, 2014 2:55 PM

Bellof was mad. That 6:11 banzai lap at Nords is unbelievable even today. I still can't believe how he could do it with a 1983 sports car!
I believe that Bellof was one of the most talented race drivers EVER, on the level of Senna, and what a shame we couldn't see his potential fulfilled...

theeagle

July 14, 2014 2:52 PM

Those were the days. No character in racing no more. And they fail to mention Manfred Winklehock died in similar tragic circumstances, if I am not mistaken in a sports car race in Canada. RIP to to the greats.

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