Another week means another episode of the Beyond The Grid podcast, and this time Austrian racing star Karl Wendlinger stopped by for a chat with Tom Clarkson about his whirlwind F1 career.

Some 30 years ago, Wendlinger’s stock in the top echelon was on the up, having gone from debuting with Leyton House at the tail-end of the 1991 season to landing his first points with March in 1992 and then scoring a hatful more with Sauber through 1993.

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But it all changed during first practice for the 1994 Monaco Grand Prix when, just a couple of weeks after Ayrton Senna and fellow countryman Roland Ratzenberger had been killed at Imola, Wendlinger lost control of his car as he approached the Nouvelle Chicane and slammed into the barriers.

Ruled out of action for the rest of the season by that terrifying incident, Wendlinger’s path to recovery and regaining racing fitness was a long and arduous one, but he pushed on to make a remarkable return a year later.


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