Jochen Rindt was a born in Germany F1 driver racing under the Austrian flag. He’s considered one of the top 20 greatest racers of all time.
On September 5, 1970 during practice for the 1970 Italian Grand Prix on the Autodromo Nazionale Monza race track near Lombardy, north of Milan in Italy, Jochen Rindt crashed into the barrier and died. He was driving without a tail spoiler and that contributed to his death. An Italian court ruled that the accident was caused by a car’s brake line failure, but the death itself was caused by the badly installed crash barriers and not wearing the crotch strap of his harness. The high speed impact caused the driver to slide under the belts and crash against the dashboard, crushing his chest and throat.
Because of how he was doing throughout the Grand Prix, it was assumed that Jochen Rindt would have won the world championship and so the award was given to his widow Nina Rindt, daughter of famous Finnish racer Curt Lincoln. This made Jochen Rindt the only driver to posthumously win the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship. Video of his fatal crash is below:
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