Jul 16

F1 video: Burti’s damaged helmet returned 13 years after terrifying accident

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 02:  GP von BELGIEN 2001, Spa Francorchamps; AUTOWRACK von Luciano BURTI/BRA - PROST -  (Photo by Sandra Behne/Bongarts/Getty Images)

’s wrecked Prost is towed away after a high-speed accident at the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix. (Photo: Sandra Behne/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Luciano Burti’s career came to an abrupt end on the fifth lap of the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix, after an attempted pass on Eddie Irvine in the blanchimont turn led to a head-on collision into the tire barriers.

Now, 13 years later, the helmet that helped save his life has been returned to him, with the mud and dirt from the accident still plastered over it.

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