The Formula 1 season of 1994-95 may be remembered for any one of several reasons: the first world championship of Michael Schumacher, controversies surrounding 'technical irregularities', Jos Verstappen surviving a pit-lane inferno at Hockenheim, or the determination of Damon Hill to counter the seemingly unstoppable charge of Schumacher and the Benneton racing team. But it was the events of the weekend of April 30th / May 1st that was to dominate one of the most dramatic racing seasons for years.
Left: Cover of the 1994/95 annual.
Schumacher had won the opening two races of the season and was already looking to be a serious challenge to world champion Ayrton Senna. The third race meeting of the season, the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, started badly on the Friday afternoon when Rubens Barrichello was incredibly lucky to escape with only superficial injuries after his car vaulted the kerb and slammed sideways into the tyre barrier (Right). Worse was to follow.