F1 - 1959 Avus GP - Hans Hermann accident
The simplistic track consisted of a very fast straight down either side of a dual carriageway, punctuated at one end by a hairpin and at the other by a steep banking. Also uniquely in Formula One World Championship history, the race was divided into two heats. On aggregate placings, it was an all-Ferrari podium in the order Brooks, Gurney, Hill. Maurice Trintignant was fourth from Jo Bonnier and Ian Burgess. This was the fastest Formula One race recorded at this time, with an average speed of 143.3 miles per hour. Hans Herrmann crashed his BRM P25 five laps into the second heat. Brooks win allowed him to close to within four points of championship leader, Australian Cooper racer Jack Brabham.
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