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This Happened — May 1: Fatal Crash Of A Formula 1 Legend

Ayrton Senna died on this day in 1994, in car crash during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.

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Who was Ayrton Senna?

Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian Formula One racing driver who is widely considered to be one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. He won three Formula One World Championships for McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991 and was known for his exceptional speed and skill on the track.

What happened during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola?

During the qualifying session for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, Ayrton Senna's car went off the track and hit a wall at high speed. He suffered a fatal head injury as a result of the crash.

What caused Ayrton Senna's fatal crash?

The exact cause of Ayrton Senna's fatal crash has been the subject of much debate and investigation. The official report concluded that a combination of factors, including the design of the steering column and the suspension system of Senna's car, as well as the characteristics of the track at Imola, contributed to the accident.

What is Ayrton Senna's legacy?

Ayrton Senna's legacy as one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One is undisputed. He won 41 Grand Prix races and three World Championships during his career, and his skill, speed, and dedication to the sport have inspired countless racing fans and drivers around the world. His tragic death also led to important safety improvements in the sport, including changes to the design of cars and tracks, and a renewed focus on driver safety.

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Crossing Europe, Sans Gas? My Summer Vacation 'Stress Test' For Electric Cars

The author set off on a three-week vacation trip across Europe in an electric car. Would the charging infrastructure be enough to get all the way, or would they end up stranded without battery, far from home?

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Putting Europe's electromobility to the test

Nando Sommerfeldt

BERLIN — "Do we really want to do that?" my wife asked. "Nearly 3,000 kilometers across Europe, in an electric car? We've already failed over much shorter distances."

She was right about that. But it's 2023, and e-mobility has outgrown its niche. It is set to become the new reality — in fact, it already is. After all, we're driving through Europe, not the desert.

After a lot of persuasion, I finally managed to assuage her worries. But I also prepared myself for a fairly big adventure. After all, our three-week vacation tour this year took us not only through Germany, but also Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy.

On our last long electric trip just over a year ago, we got stuck in a charging station jam after only 160 kilometers. The charging park in Nempitz, Saxony-Anhalt, was overrun, and before we could get to the charging point we had to line up and wait for 45 minutes.

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