Jos Verstappen in the Benetton car at Hockenheim, 31/07/1994
This accident occurred during the 1994 German Grand when Prix Benetton driver Jos Verstappen came into the pits. While refuelling, some fuel was accidentally sprayed onto the hot bodywork of the car; a few seconds later the fuel ignited and Verstappen's car was engulfed in a ball of flames. The Dutchman escaped the incident with burns around his eyes, as he had his visor up during the pit stop. No other crew-members or any persons were injured severely or killed.
On this day …
1965 Cigarette advertising on British TV was banned.
1965 Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was born.
Quote of the day
The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
Milton Friedman, American economist born 31/07/1912
Did you know …?
In a Formula One pit stop fuel is pumped into the cars at 12.1 litres per second (a speed that is limited for safety reasons) so a refill takes approximately 5 seconds. The fuel consumption of an F1 car is about 3.1 mpg – which is why you see cars at some races stopping 3 times to take on more fuel.