The heartbreaking tale of Philippe Streiff

The heartbreaking tale of Philippe Streiff

A terrible testing crash in Brazil left French F1 racer Philippe Streiff in a wheelchair. Twenty-five years on he tells a story that is sad - but one of incredible human spirit and optimism - to SAM SMITH

Should you believe in fate, then you could say it runs through Formula 1 like fuel through a pump. In the case of Philippe Streiff, the random cruelty of it was tellingly callous 25 years ago, when a testing accident at Rio's Jacarepagua circuit left him quadriplegic. What made it worse is that his life-changing injuries need never have occurred.

The full story has never been told by the man himself - until now. Streiff took many years to investigate and piece together the unedifying details. This is the shocking story of one of F1's forgotten and shameful ignominies.

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