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Reflections on Tragedy: Ecclestone and Mosley on the San Marino Grand Prix That Nearly Ended Formula 1

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Forecast of Formula 1's Demise Following Ayrton Senna's Passing

Bernie Ecclestone Looks Back on the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Catastrophes

Bernie Ecclestone has stated that Max Mosely believed Ayrton Senna's passing would spell "the end" for Formula 1.

The iconic driver from Brazil passed away three decades ago, on the 1st of May 1994, following a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix.

Senna's passing marked the weekend's second tragic demise, following the accident that claimed the life of Roland Ratzenberger.

"After the incident, Ecclestone shared with Sky News that Max Mosley expressed his belief that this could mark the conclusion of Formula One."

"I expressed, 'I believe you're mistaken and time will tell'."

We had wished for an outcome that didn't align with Max's ominous prediction, yet it turned into a complete catastrophe.

"The weekend didn't go well, feeling like it stretched beyond three decades. His untimely demise in that accident was incredibly unfortunate."

The weekend turned out to be a complete disaster.

"Considering everything that occurred, from Roland's crash where he remained trapped in his vehicle, to what happened to Senna, I genuinely believe such incidents couldn't recur."

Following Senna's accident, the race resumed and Michael Schumacher emerged as the victor.

Former Formula 1 chief Ecclestone expressed, "Pausing the race? In my view, no. It wouldn't have benefited him at all.

"Events unfolded rapidly, leaving little room for contemplation. From a legal standpoint, action should have been taken to prevent it, especially since it's become clear that his life was lost at the track."

Ultimately, the situation boiled down to financial issues, including demands for refunds from unsatisfied stakeholders. The alternative perspectives and considerations were largely overlooked in the process.

"I sincerely wish that such an event never occurs again, and I believe that, thanks to the advancements in safety measures we have today, thankfully, the likelihood of it happening has significantly decreased."

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