Sunday 7th May 1967
Lorenzo Bandini running second to Denny Hulme on the 82nd lap, when he lost control of his car at the harbour chicane at the Monaco Grand Prix. He had just entered an S-turn when his Ferrari’s left rear wheel hit the guard rail, sending him into an erratic skid. It impacted a light pole and overturned. The car hit straw bales which lined the harbour side, rupturing the fuel tank, and sparks ignited the fuel as the car rolled over, with Bandini trapped beneath it. Marshals flipped his car upright and pulled Bandini, unconscious, out from the flaming Ferrari. It is thought that, during the effort to right the overturned car, gasoline leaked on the hot brake line or the exhaust pipe and exploded. A second fire occurred when the gas tank exploded after Bandini had been pulled away from the Ferrari. Bandini’s burns were extensive, with third degree burns covering more than 70% of his body. He also sustained a chest wound and ten chest fractures. Sadly he died three days later aged 31.