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Monza start: Why did a Lamborghini race after the field?

Friday, September 8th, 2017 | Sports

08. September 2017 – 12:50

In the background clearly recognizable: In addition to the medical car gives a Lamborghini gas

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(cafetheology.org) – Formula 1 fans did not believe their eyes when immediately before the outing of the red lights at the start in Monza next to the medical car a Lamborghini moved to the end of the field position. Was it a new safety car of the FIA? Or did it not take motorsport-obsessed Italians to drive the field behind in a sports car of the traditional brand at least one round? Interesting: self-safety car driver Bernd Mayländer, who has been the official driver of the safety car for almost two decades, did not know , from which occasion the mysterious Lamborghini emerged. 'cafetheology.org' has therefore asked the route operators – and the resolution makes sense. The Lamborghini Huracan Performante was actually the official fire-breathing car of the Grand Prix of Italy. "At the start of the race, in Monza, we are always using a car with firefighters next to the medical car, so we can intervene as soon as possible if necessary", explains a spokesperson for the course.

Lamborghini Huracan Performante: The fastest fire-wrecking car in the world

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The Huracan Performante, which reaches a top speed of 320 km / h and accelerates from 0 to 100 in 2.9 seconds, is controlled by Lamborghini test driver Mario Fasanetto. On his side is a fireman. The car is used only in Monza, has historical reasons: At the Grand Prix of Italy 1978 came at the start of the race to a chain reaction, which triggered a disaster. Riccardo Patrese and James Hunt collide in the tight start, resulting in a touch of the McLaren with Ronnie Peterson's Lotus. The Swede's bob hit the guardrails, went up in flames, and was thrown back to the track.Peterson drama as a trigger

The Monza Fireworks: In 1978, Peterson died of the consequences of the mass crash

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It came to a mass carambola. The Swede inhaled toxic fumes, which after an operation under general anesthesia in the night after the accident led to a fat bomb and finally to the death of the World Cup Second. The physicians had completely underestimated the effects of the chlorine gas, which is formed when petrol, polyester and glass fiber burned at the same time, which the 34-year-old Peterson had inhaled. While the safety precautions at Monza were anything but optimal, it was not the case Fire service that Peterson left his life. The firefighters were immediately on the spot and with their efforts made a catastrophe of even greater extent was prevented. Her courage on this disastrous September day 1978 brought you the nickname "The Lions" – and a very special place at the End of the field of the Italian Grand Prix 2017. Whether they will also use a Lamborghini in 2018 is still open.

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