Senna case finally closed

The investigation into the death of former champion Ayrton Senna was finally closed this week when the Italian appeal court acquitted members of the Williams team. Senna died after an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in ...

The investigation into the death of former champion Ayrton Senna was finally closed this week when the Italian appeal court acquitted members of the Williams team. Senna died after an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in 1994.

Williams' then-designer Adrian Newey and technical director Patrick Head were acquitted of manslaughter in 1997, a verdict that was upheld by an appeal court in 1999. In 2003 the Italian court ordered the case to be reheard due to "material errors" in the legal process.

Earlier this month the prosecutor requested that the manslaughter charges be dropped and the case closed as the statute of limitations meant the time in which the case could be heard had run out. The court ruled that Newey was innocent and the case against Head was dropped.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ayrton Senna , Patrick Head , Adrian Newey
Teams Williams