Deaths by Formula2 car crashes unfortunately happen from time to time and these notable F2 drivers lost their lives doing what they loved, racing cars. Fatal F2 racing accidents include crashes because of motor malfunction, driver's carelessness or just bad luck, but whatever the cause, each has taken the life of at least one driver. Listed below are F2 race drivers killed on the race tracks and those killed because of Formula Two car crashes elsewhere.
As can be seen in the dates of death for these drivers, many of these crashes occurred decades ago. In the time since, safety procedures have improved as has the racing technology used to both make cars perform better but also keep the race car drivers safer. Sadly, even with the best polices and high-tech equipment in cars, deaths on the F2 circuit still occur.Formula2 is unfortunately not the only race car circuit to see fatal crashes throughout the years. Similar accidents that have taken lives have been seen in other leagues with lists for Formula1 fatal race accidents and Indy car fatal crashes unfortunately in existence as well.
Herbert William Hawthorne was a New Zealand racing driver. He was born in Derryhennett, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, however he immigrated to New Zealand at 13 years of age. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 29 (1943-1972)
Birthplace: County Armagh, United Kingdomsee more on Bert Hawthorne
Gerhard Karl Mitter was a German Formula One and sportscar driver. Mitter was born in Schönlinde in Czechoslovakia, but his family was expelled from there, to Leonberg near Stuttgart. After racing motorbikes, he switched to Formula Junior, becoming the best German driver with 40 victories. In addition, he sold Two-Stroke-Engines for FJ. In 1963, Gerhard Mitter won the Formula Junior Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring. Mitter also participated in seven Grands Prix, debuting on 23 June 1963. He scored a total of three championship points in his home 1963 German Grand Prix with an old Porsche 718 from 1961. Impressed by this, Team Lotus gave him a chance in the following years. In sportscar racing ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 34 (1935-1969)
Birthplace: Krásná Lípa, Severozápad, Czech Republicsee more on Gerhard Mitter
James "Jim" Clark, Jr OBE was a British Formula One racing driver from Scotland, who won two World Championships, in 1963 and 1965. Clark was a versatile driver who competed in sports cars, touring cars and in the Indianapolis 500, which he won in 1965. He was particularly associated with the Lotus marque. He was killed in a Formula Two motor racing accident in Hockenheim, Germany in 1968. At the time of his death, he had won more Grand Prix races and achieved more Grand Prix pole positions than any other driver. In 2009, The Times placed Clark at the top of a list of the greatest-ever Formula One drivers. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 32 (1936-1968)
Birthplace: Kilmany, United Kingdom
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Gerald Hussey Buchanan Birrell was a British racing driver from Scotland, who was killed in an accident during practice for a Formula Two race at Rouen-Les-Essarts. Born in Milngavie near Glasgow, Birrell left school when aged 15 to start an apprenticeship with a BMC dealer. He acquired extensive technical experience working as a race mechanic for his elder brother, Graham Birrell. After successfully racing a Singer Chamois 998cc Imp to win Scottish Saloon Car Championships, he started serious racing single seaters at the relatively late age of 24. He began in Formula Vee late in 1967, competing at Ingliston where he led for much of the race before finishing second to Nick Brittan, the ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 29 (1944-1973)
Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdomsee more on Gerry Birrell