The crash that stopped 'the next Mansell'

The crash that stopped 'the next Mansell'

Martin Donnelly's accident at Jerez was one of the defining moments of the 1990 Formula 1 season. MATT BEER looks back with Donnelly on its impact, his recovery and what might have been

It was a scene motorsport thought it had left in the 1960s. A driver laying on the track, flung from his utterly destroyed car.

The glimmers of yellow from the overalls and orange and blue from the helmet told you it was Lotus rookie Martin Donnelly crumpled beneath the remains of the seat he was still strapped to, his lower limbs at angles the human body shouldn't have to endure, protected by Pierluigi Martini parking his Minardi broadside across the track to form a shield against rivals coming upon a picture of devastation they'd never have imagined encountering in their careers.

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