Senna case requested to be closed

The Ayrton Senna case was reopened on May 11th in Bologna but the prosecutor has asked for the manslaughter charges to be dropped and the case be closed as the statute of limitations means time has run out. Senna died after a crash at Imola in...

The Ayrton Senna case was reopened on May 11th in Bologna but the prosecutor has asked for the manslaughter charges to be dropped and the case be closed as the statute of limitations means time has run out. Senna died after a crash at Imola in 1994 during practice.

Williams technical director Patrick Head and then-designer Adrian Newey were cleared of manslaughter at a hearing in 1997 and the verdict was upheld by an appeal court in 1999. But in 2003 a new trial was ordered by the Italian court due to "material errors" involving legal issues.

State prosecutor Rinaldo Rosini asked for the case to be closed, according to Italian news agency Ansa. Legal representatives of Head and Newey originally said they would not accept a dismissal of the case as it would leave their clients' reputations tarnished. They are now thought to be seeking a fresh acquittal.

The reasons for Senna's accident were never fully explained and prosecutors originally claimed Head and Newey had made changes to the car which led to the crash, therefore they were to some extent responsible. The team has always denied the claims.

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