Atlas F1 News Service, a Reuters report

Lauda Calls for Fatal Crash Inquiry

Sunday March 4th, 2001

Three times world Formula One champion Niki Lauda called for an inquiry on Sunday into the crash which led to the death of a marshal at the Australian Grand Prix.

The dead man, a Queenslander in his '50s, was struck by a wheel which flew loose after Jacques Villeneuve's BAR car crashed into the back of Ralf Schumacher's Williams early in the race.

Lauda, now chief adviser with Jaguar, told the German news agency SID: "You can never totally control the human factor. An investigation must determine what Jacques Villeneuve did wrong."

In a heavy collision, Villeneuve, who won the world championship in 1997, was sent flying into the air across the track and into the barriers, somersaulting along the fence until coming to a stop in the gravel.

His car was destroyed, with some of his wheels torn off and debris strewn all over the track.

Both drivers escaped virtually unscathed.

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