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August is the cruellest month - Memories of Pironi

As the scarlet racing car hurtled through the misty air on a dark, soulless morning, its driver, startled to glimpse the tops of pine trees which abounded around the circuit, knew in an instant that he was in very grave danger. Those few seconds would be etched deep into the pilot’s mind for the rest of his days.  A red missile, the car speared into the skies at over 170 mph. The pilot closed his eyes and waited for the end. August 1982 and Formula One World Championship leader Didier Pironi was putting his Ferrari through its paces on a grim German morning, one of only a few cars to venture out of the pits that morning. Most drivers had taken one look at the circuit and scurried...
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