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On Saturday 05 September 1970 at Monza, in sight of the Italian Grand Prix, Jochen Rindt entered the track to test his Lotus 72 totally wingless. On his fifth lap of the final practice session he overtook Hulme's McLaren on the straight after the Ascari bend. Suddenly something broke on the car, while braking from top speed for the next right-hander, the Parabolica bend. The car waved slightly and then swerved sharp to the left, impacting very heavily against the guard rail on the outside, then bouncing back onto the track. The front of the car was torn away as the Lotus' nose jammed under the barrier, and Jochen, who had seat belts only fixed on four points instead of the usual six, was pulled down into the cockpit. This caused him chest injuries, and he also suffered massive broken legs on the impact. He was lifted clear by rescuers, but there was no hope to save the life of the driver, who was pronounced dead on arrival at Monza hospital.
Lotus 72C-Ford Cosworth DFV #R2
Italian Grand Prix
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