in the last few days I was following and reading an interesting discussion among some members at GPX.it forum about Bandini's fatal accident.
It is an italian forum so probably most of you won't understand what they say there so I'll make a synthesis. Starting from an accurate analysis of race reports, testimonials and photographs, people is trying to shed light about this terrible accident. What seems to be clear so far it's that:
Bandini arrived too quick at the chicane. This caused him to hit the Shell advertised border of the chicane, losing a rear wheel. This triggered a spinning in the car which he tried to master by counter-steering and that's why his car did not went into the mediterranean sea but went straight into the hay-bales with an angle that made his car slide upon them until he finally hit the metal fence. This perforated the left side of the car and Bandini himself. Also the fuel tank was hit and this caused a violent explosion causing the car to wheelie and fall upside-down. The deep wound left Bandini unconscious and unable to escape the inferno.
But why he crashed in the first place?
Some photographs show something really strange. Reports say that the cause was tiredness, as he left the gear shift in 5th instead that in 3rd. Let's look at some pics.
This one was shot right before the accident:
you can clearly see that he is watching to his right, while going left into the chicane. Why is that? Why was he watching to his right? What did he notice? Was he noticing something wrong in his wheel or probably in the shift lever itself? Is it safe to assume that it was stuck and he was trying to un-stuck it?
let's look at Hulme pic:
now a still image for Bandini in the same exact spot as Hulme, before his accident
now a crossing between the two with better contrast
he is going to hit, that's for sure, but again: why is he watching to his right? why his body it's to the left, like if he was doing something with his right arm?
The discussion is still on-going. What do you lads think?
I feel very close to Bandini and so, if it's possible to explain what caused his death without doubts, I want as many people as possible to know it. Moreover, I feel like it's an interesting discussion and I want to hear your thoughts about it.
Edited by leon_90, Dec 31 2014 - 06:30 AM.