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Good times with the SuperSwede

Formula 1 was left in a state of shock on September 11, 1978 when it was revealed that Ronnie Peterson had died following his first-lap accident in the Italian GP the day before.

The race's massive pile-up which occurred shortly after the start had been the result of a chain reaction which had started when Riccardo Patrese collided with James Hunt on the run down to the first chicane.

Peterson's Lotus hit the barriers and burst into flames but its driver was quickly pulled out of harm's way by Hunt, fully conscious and with what appeared to be two badly broken legs.

Sunday evening, the Swede was reported to be in a stable condition and his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

It all went terribly wrong early in the morning however when a bone marrow embolism entered his bloodstream and complications ensued.

Ronnie Peterson was 34 years-old. We remember a man whose trademark sideways style out on the race track was a treat to watch, even if it paid few dividends in terms of victories or championships.