April 25, 2001 – Michele Alboreto killed while testing Audi R8

Italian racecar driver Michele Alboreto was killed on this day in 2001 when the Audi R8 he was test driving blew a tire during straight line speed tests, resulting in a fatal crash. Alboreto competed in Formula One from 1981 until 1994, racing for a number of different teams, including five seasons with Ferrari between 1984 and 1988. In 1985 he placed second in the Formula One World Championship behind Alain Prost but would go on to achieve numerous victories throughout his racing career. Notable first place trophies were earned at the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 2001 12 Hours of Sebring sports car races.  Michele Alboreto driving an Audi R8, similar to the one in which he died. -By lecates CC BY-SA 2.0 https://flic.kr/p/Jy14F

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