A home movie has emerged of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, a weekend that took the lives of both Roland Ratzenberger and three-time world champion Ayrton Senna.
The footage, taken by Thomas Gronvold from the main grandstand overlooking the pit lane, does not show either driver’s fatal crash and has no voiceover commentary — but the film captures the raw emotion of the spectators.
Unaware of the severity of Senna’s crash at Tamburello, fans cheer as Ferrari’s Gerhard Berger comes across the finish line. Berger eventually lost to emerging talent Michael Schumacher in the Benetton.
The celebration and apparent party atmosphere gives an eerie and haunting feel to the video, a mood that would have been entirely different had the spectators known what they had just witnessed.