The lost stars of 1980

The lost stars of 1980

Markus Hottinger and Hans-Georg Burger died during the '80 European F2 season. ADAM COOPER explains why they shouldn't be forgotten

Thirty-five years ago the European Formula 2 Championship was struck twice by tragedy. In April Austrian Markus Hottinger was killed at Hockenheim, and just three months later German Hans-Georg Burger lost his life following an accident at Zandvoort.

Given that they died just 13 weeks apart - and both in freak incidents that involved head and neck injuries - it's inevitable that the names of Hottinger and Burger are usually mentioned in tandem.

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