Grand Prix Flashback

Dramatic F1 incident – Paul Hawkins flies into the harbour

Paul Hawkins - Monaco - 19651965 Monaco Grand Prix on lap 79, there was a dramatic incident when Paul Hawkins spun his private Lotus at the chicane and went into the harbor. He escaped from the accident without any major injury.

He is one of only two Formula One drivers, along with Italian Alberto Ascari, to have crashed into the harbour in Monaco during a Grand Prix. He escaped from the crash unhurt. Hawkins struck the wooden barrier at the entry and spun through the straw bales and over the edge of the quay and into the harbour.

The Lotus sank to the bottom and the rugged Australian bobbed to the surface and struck out for shore, while boats went to his rescue.

Italy’s Alberto Ascari in 1955 and Australia’s Paul Hawkins in 1965. Both survived but Ascari died four days later in an accident while testing in Italy. Hawkins lost his life four years later while racing a sports car in Britain.

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