VIDEO – The life of Roland Ratzenberger finally recounted in a documentary series

German director Peter Levay has just published a documentary series on the Austrian driver, using previously unpublished testimonies (family, former teammates, rivals, manager, team managers, etc.).

Published on 30/04/2024 à 12:18

Medhi Casaurang

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VIDEO – The life of Roland Ratzenberger finally recounted in a documentary series

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The injustice has been righted. Thirty years after his disappearance during qualifying for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Roland Ratzenberger is finally the subject of a documentary.

A series of four episodes was produced by German journalist Peter Levay, and is available for free on YouTube (with English subtitles). The director had previously created a documentary for Amazon Prime Video Germany, but this is the first time that a long format centered on the life of the Austrian pilot has been available in France.

The four episodes, each lasting a quarter of an hour, retrace the existence of Roland Ratzenberger, from his childhood marked by a passion for automobiles in his town of Salzburg to his access to the Formula 1 with the modest Simtek stable.

The result is fascinating, thanks to the various speakers who had, for the most part, never told their memories of Roland Ratzenberger: the parents Margit and Rudolf, who carefully guard the personal effects of their missing son, Franz Tost, who was his work colleague in a flying school long before being Team Principal of Toro Rosso in F1, but also David Brabham, who was Ratzenberger's teammate at Simtek. Finally, the documentary ends with the Imola weekend of 1994 and the care taken by Roland Ratzenberger's parents to go to the scene of the tragedy even today, in order to never forget the memory of their child.

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Episode 1, childhood:

Episode 2, transition from F. Ford to Tourism:

Episode 3, successful exile in Japan:

Episode 4, arrival in F1:

Medhi Casaurang

Passionate about the history of motorsport across all disciplines, I learned to read thanks to AUTOhebdo. At least that's what my parents tell everyone when they see my name inside!

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