The deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at Imola 20 years ago this week shook Formula 1 to its core. But their legacy is of vastly improved safety, not just in grand prix racing but all of motorsport.
Senna's death, live on TV in front of around 200 million people, ensured there was the will for drastic changes. This led to a revolution in motorsport safety that means there are drivers and trackside workers still with us today who otherwise would have been lost.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.