The 1981 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder was overshadowed by two serious incidents. In Friday practice an Osella mechanic fell off the pit wall and was fatally hit by Williams driver Carlos Reutemann. Mechanics and drivers protested about the safety standards prior to the race, but it went ahead. There was chaos on the grid with empty cars, stallers and Nelson Piquet missing his position meaning drivers were waiting a long time.
Riccardo Patrese waved his arms, signalling he couldn’t make the start after switching off his Arrows, and his mechanic Dave Luckett dived behind the car to restart it. However, just as he reached it, the lights came on and the race started. Sadly the second Arrows of Siegfried Stohr crashed into Patrese’s stationary car, hitting Luckett. He amazingly survived and still works in motorsport.
Explaining his injuries, he told Speedcafe.com: